Auditory Dyslexia

The Symptoms and Treatments for Auditory Dyslexia

At first sight, the term ‘auditory dyslexia’ is likely to seem, well…wrong. This is largely due to the fact that for a long time scientists and doctors were convinced that dyslexia was strictly limited to the incorrect processing of visual stimuli. This is the common form of dyslexia that we are “used” to hearing about, where a person reads or writes words and letters in the wrong order or even upside down. However, there are actually a few different sub-genres of dyslexia and each one produces its own set of symptoms and effects.

What is auditory dyslexia?

Auditory dyslexia is related to how one’s brain processes words that are heard. This means that a person with auditory dyslexia may hear words in a jumbled or mixed up manner, or their brain may simply take longer to process these words than normal. In other circumstances, it is possible that a person with dyslexia has trouble associating certain sounds with their corresponding letters, like the “buh” sound for the letter ‘b’. To clear up any potential misunderstanding, this form of dyslexia does not mean that a person cannot hear well, but that their brain has trouble de-coding the auditory input which allows a person’s mind to make sense of what they hear.

What are the symptoms of auditory dyslexia?

This form of dyslexia can produce a variety of symptoms in individuals, which can make it a little more difficult to diagnose this condition. Although having a few of the symptoms that correspond with this condition may not necessarily mean that one has auditory dyslexia, having a multitude of them does increase the likelihood for a positive diagnosis. A few common symptoms of this condition are trouble understanding and following spoken directions, delayed response during a conversation, delayed speech development, poor spelling ability, often asking one to repeat themselves or appearing incomprehensive, and getting letter sounds confused during pronunciation. Another possible sign is that one can easily remember pictures that they recently saw but have difficulty repeat words or sentences which were just spoken to them. In most cases this type of dyslexia is not diagnosed until a child has begun school, although it is common for one to reach adulthood without a proper diagnosis, especially if the symptoms are particularly mild or “off and on.”


Can this form of dyslexia be treated?

Although it can be a bit difficult to treat this form of dyslexia, it is definitely possible to make an improvement. Treatment often comes in the form of therapy that is done with a psychotherapist as well as an audiologist. Because audio dyslexia is a bit more difficult to understand and to diagnose, it can take a long time to actually see progression during treatment. The ease at which treatment begins to show results mainly depends on how severe the condition is. Someone with only a mild case may see results quite soon while people with severe symptoms may go years before seeing a large improvement in their capabilities.

In fact, simply being diagnosed can make a person feel much more at ease and become better affected during the treatment process. This is likely due to the fact that a person who is undiagnosed with dyslexia of any type is likely to suffer from self esteem issues because they simply do not know why their brain seems to function differently. A diagnosis wipes away the doubts and fear by offering the strong reassurance that yes, one’s brain does work a bit differently; however, now that the problem has been detected a positive method of treatment can then be pursued.