Auditory Dyslexia

Auditory dyslexia, otherwise known as “dysphonetic dyslexia,” is a more common type of dyslexia than visual dyslexia. It is a learning disability that involves phonological processing issues. If you have this condition, you will have a difficult time distinguishing individual letter sounds (or phonemes) within words. Although auditory dyslexics can pick up sounds, their brain has difficulty making sense of the sounds they hear.

The most common dyslexia sign of this type is the inability to follow verbal instructions or directions. Other symptoms include: poor spelling, mistaking R and L sounds, constantly needing information to be repeated, slow response in conversations, and saying, “What” or “Huh” frequently. If you are suffering from auditory dyslexia, you will definitely be averse to vowels, which have two different sounds or are silent letters in some letters. Remembering one sound for each is hard enough for you! Students with this condition struggle the most in school as their problems are almost always coupled with visual dyslexia. Dyslexia prevents them from performing at par with children in their academic level. Simple instructions during class exercises are tough to deal with and often cause dyslexic students confidence issues.

It is always advisable to seek professional help when it comes to children who may be perceived to have learning difficulties. You must realize, of course, that learning disabilities caused by processing problems may not always be attributed to dyslexia. Hearing impairment, attention deficit disorder (ADD) and other neurological learning disabilities must first be ruled-out before testing and treating your child for dyslexia. Auditory Dyslexia and ADD are two very different conditions, although they are initially determined by similar symptoms of poor memory, short attention spans, and poor pronunciation, among others. Also, dyslexia and ADD are highly correlated and if there are learning issues, both conditions should be screened. Thus, it is imperative to have the child assessed to determine the appropriate treatment.

The condition in adults is also a serious condition. Adults face a great obstacle in employment opportunity and almost no career advancement. Therefore, evaluation and treatment is as important for adults as it is for children.

Fortunately, testing, training and treatment centers are available to provide the necessary professional assistance for dyslexics. Treatment for auditory dyslexia concentrates on phonemic awareness. The teacher employs games that first gauge the specific needs of the dyslexia students. This education is geared towards enabling the students to learn, say, identify, spell, recognize and read letters.

If you have auditory dyslexia, there are also strategies you can employ in the workplace to make you more efficient. You can ask your boss and co-workers give directions or instructions one at a time. If possible, you should be given instructions slowly, clearly and in a quiet area. You can also use a Dictaphones if you need to confirm instructions. It is likewise advisable to ask your boss to allow you to repeat the instruction for him/her to verify whether you understood it correctly. Most importantly, ask your boss to write down important instructions to ensure that no detail will be overlooked. There are many technology tools that you will find useful in dealing with your condition on a daily basis, concerning auditory dyslexia.