Patients with suspected APD present with:
- difficulties with hearing and listening in noisy places
- understanding when listening (can also be due to a language processing disorder)
- mishearing and asking for repetition in spite of normal hearing tests
- poor academic performance
- difficulty understanding spoken messages and/or remembering instructions (can also be due to poor short-term memory)
- difficulty staying focused
- poor attention or day dreaming (can also be due to attention deficit or poor hearing)
- disruptive behaviour in class.
Many children with APD may have other co-existing language and learning difficulties such as:
- attention deficit (AD) and/or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- speech and language impairment
- communication disorders, such as autistic spectrum disorder (ASD; see entry Autism Spectrum disorders, including Asperger syndrome).