The American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) guidelines identify that the auditory system undertakes auditory processing comprising sound localization and lateralization, auditory discrimination, auditory pattern recognition, and temporal aspects of audition—including temporal resolution, temporal masking, temporal integration, and temporal ordering. Additional auditory skills include processing auditory information in competing acoustic signals or degraded acoustic signals. This entry discusses testing and function of the auditory pathway.

How Do We Test a Complex Auditory Pathway?

A number of consensus conferences have worked to resolve the question of how to test auditory processing. In 2000, a minimal test battery was identified. The recommended test battery included assessing peripheral hearing and central auditory function using auditory evoked potentials, including the auditory brainstem response (ABR) and middle latency response (MLR). Tasks ...

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