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December 1977

Auditory Perceptual Disorders

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San Francisco

Arch Otolaryngol. 1977;103(12):747. doi:10.1001/archotol.1977.00780290083028

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The author defines children with an auditory perceptual handicap as those with normal intelligence and hearing acuity who have difficulty discriminating among and interpreting auditory stimuli. They may have difficulty localizing the source of sound; comprehending the meaning of environmental sounds; discriminating among sounds and words; reproducing pitch, rhythm, and melody of music; distinguishing significant sounds from other sounds; or combining syllables to form words and words to make sentences. He takes a broad approach in discussing the many facets of diagnosing and treating these disorders in children. There are short accounts of neuroendocrine control of auditory perception; auditory developmental norms; cerebral dominance; etiology (genetic, biochemical, maturational, traumatic, and metal poisoning); reading problems, language-learning problems; and anatomic-physiologic correlates. A chapter on diagnosis presents a list of signs followed by a battery of tests in general use. Therapeutic considerations are then discussed, and the book closes with problems concerning classroom management,

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