Efficacy of Auditory Interventions for Central Auditory Processing Disorder: A Response to Fey et al. (2011) Purpose To provide a commentary on “Auditory Processing Disorder and Auditory/Language Interventions: An Evidence-Based Systematic Review” by Fey et al. (2011) . Method Examination of the conclusions drawn by Fey et al. (2011)  in the context of the American Academy of Audiology (2010a, 2010b)  and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (2005a, ... Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor  |   July 01, 2012
Efficacy of Auditory Interventions for Central Auditory Processing Disorder: A Response to Fey et al. (2011) 
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Teri James Bellis
    University of South Dakota, Vermillion
    Sanford School of Medicine, Vermillion, SD
  • Gail D. Chermak
    Washington State University, Spokane
  • Jeffrey Weihing
    University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
  • Frank E. Musiek
    University of Connecticut, Storrs
  • Correspondence to Teri James Bellis: tbellis@usd.edu
  • Editor: Marilyn Nippold
    Editor: Marilyn Nippold×
  • Associate Editor: Ilsa Schwarz
    Associate Editor: Ilsa Schwarz×
Article Information
Hearing Disorders / Language Disorders / Letters to the Editor
Letter to the Editor   |   July 01, 2012
Efficacy of Auditory Interventions for Central Auditory Processing Disorder: A Response to Fey et al. (2011) 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 2012, Vol. 43, 381-386. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2012/11-0085)
History: Received October 5, 2011 , Revised December 20, 2011 , Accepted January 30, 2012
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 2012, Vol. 43, 381-386. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2012/11-0085)
History: Received October 5, 2011; Revised December 20, 2011; Accepted January 30, 2012
Web of Science® Times Cited: 3

Purpose To provide a commentary on “Auditory Processing Disorder and Auditory/Language Interventions: An Evidence-Based Systematic Review” by Fey et al. (2011) .

Method Examination of the conclusions drawn by Fey et al. (2011)  in the context of the American Academy of Audiology (2010a, 2010b)  and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (2005a, 2005b, 2005c)  guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of auditory processing disorder, the evidence cited therein, and other pertinent published reports.

Results The review provided by Fey et al. (2011)  is limited due to the exclusion of pertinent efficacy studies from their analysis, inclusion of studies that did not employ strictly auditory-based therapies, and lack of well-defined experimental groups in many of the studies cited. Further, the questions posed by their literature review may not have addressed the efficacy of true auditory interventions in the remediation of auditory difficulties in children who have primary deficits in central auditory processing.

Conclusion A more comprehensive review than that done by Fey et al. (2011)  would have better addressed the fundamental question of the efficacy of direct remediation activities for children with central auditory processing disorder.

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