Auditory dyslexia is a form of an illness of dyslexia and is also frequently called “dysphonetic dyslexia”. It is universally known as learning disability and as opposed to visual dyslexia it is a condition that concerns phonological processing.
The condition involves problems with individual distinguishing letter sounds in the words and the difficulty for a brain to make sense of the sounds that make up words. It is not that these people do not listen but rather it is difficult for them to make sense of what they hear. In other words, auditory dyslexia represents a developmental disability that affects hearing of a person.
Auditory dyslexia manifests itself in many ways. However, one of the first symptoms is difficulty in following verbal instructions. Any directions given verbally also represent a problem. Auditory dyslexia also has the following symptoms:
- A person has got problems with distinguishing sounds R and L;
- Responses in conversation are slow from such a dyslexic person;
- The spelling is poor;
- Vowels, especially the ones that appear diphthongs, and silent letters represent a real problem;
- It is necessary to repeat the instructions several times for a person to understand them properly and so on.
Auditory dyslexia as any dyslexia is a real problem at school. Kids with such problems show poor performance at school as they are unable to keep up with other kids for whom all the simple school tasks do not require much effort. A child that is unable to follow a teacher?s instructions and read and write and make sense of simple tasks quickly grows to feel a looser and, if not helped, he grows defensive. Parents often make a mistake confusing this disorder with a kid?s unwillingness to study and laziness.
However it is strongly recommended that parents do not neglect the condition as if left unattended it will cause more and more difficulties in the future.
As for any other kids with learning difficulties it is advised to apply for professional help. Fortunately, at the present moment the condition of auditory dyslexia is well-known and there are a lot of canters and specialists that can assist. It is important to recognize dyslexia as there are a lot of other learning disabilities that can interfere with a kid’s normal process of learning that require quite different treatment measures. For example ADD, or attention deficit disorder, has nothing to do with hearing problems but rather with neurology, and therefore, should be attended differently. Thus, parents should make sure that their kid is diagnosed with ADD first in order to be treated rightly.
The thing about auditory dyslexia if left untreated is that in adults it can cause much worse problems. If at school it only concerns progress and academic success, in adulthood a person may face a difficulty in finding a job. With the problem of following instructions and other symptoms, it might by really complicated for such a person to keep up with the requirements of an employer.
Still, this does not mean that adult people with auditory dyslexia have no hope. There are a training and treatment centers for adults and there assistance and advice can be acquired. Phonemic awareness is the basis for auditory dyslexia treatment. Other emphasis is laid on teaching dyslexic people to identify, spell, recognize letters and also learn them and be able to say and read.
Finally, for adults who suffer from auditory dyslexia and still has to cope somehow with daily working routines there are some tips available. In order to be more effective in work it makes sense to ask the colleagues and boss to repeat the tasks several times or ask them to deliver tasks one at a time. In case you still have problems it is useful to record the instructions onto a Dictaphone. There are ways out and there are a lot of jobs that do not require this exact ability in the first place.
Auditory dyslexia is not so bad and if treated in time it does not represent any serious complication.