Response to the Letter to the Editor From Moncrieff (2017) Regarding de Wit et al. (2016), “Characteristics of Auditory Processing Disorders: A Systematic Review” Purpose The purpose of this letter is to respond to Moncrieff's (2017)  letter to the editor, “Response to de Wit et al., 2016, ‘Characteristics of Auditory Processing Disorders: A Systematic Review,’” published in May 2017 by the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. Conclusion We believe ... Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor  |   June 19, 2018
Response to the Letter to the Editor From Moncrieff (2017) Regarding de Wit et al. (2016), “Characteristics of Auditory Processing Disorders: A Systematic Review”
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Ellen de Wit
    Research Group Healthy Ageing, Allied Health Care and Nursing, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, the Netherlands
    Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands
    University of Groningen, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Research School of Behavioral and Cognitive Neurosciences, the Netherlands
  • Bert Steenbergen
    Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands
    Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia
  • Margot I. Visser-Bochane
    Research Group Healthy Ageing, Allied Health Care and Nursing, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, the Netherlands
  • Cees P. van der Schans
    Research Group Healthy Ageing, Allied Health Care and Nursing, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, the Netherlands
    Department of Rehabilitation, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
  • Pim van Dijk
    Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands
    University of Groningen, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Research School of Behavioral and Cognitive Neurosciences, the Netherlands
  • Margreet R. Luinge
    Research Group Healthy Ageing, Allied Health Care and Nursing, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, the Netherlands
    Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication. ×
  • Correspondence to Ellen de Wit: e.de.wit@pl.hanze.nl
  • Editor-in-Chief: Frederick (Erick) Gallun
    Editor-in-Chief: Frederick (Erick) Gallun×
Article Information
Hearing Disorders / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Hearing / Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor   |   June 19, 2018
Response to the Letter to the Editor From Moncrieff (2017) Regarding de Wit et al. (2016), “Characteristics of Auditory Processing Disorders: A Systematic Review”
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 2018, Vol. 61, 1517-1519. doi:10.1044/2018_JSLHR-H-17-0412
History: Received November 6, 2017 , Accepted December 18, 2017
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 2018, Vol. 61, 1517-1519. doi:10.1044/2018_JSLHR-H-17-0412
History: Received November 6, 2017; Accepted December 18, 2017

Purpose The purpose of this letter is to respond to Moncrieff's (2017)  letter to the editor, “Response to de Wit et al., 2016, ‘Characteristics of Auditory Processing Disorders: A Systematic Review,’” published in May 2017 by the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.

Conclusion We believe that our original conclusions are valid given the limited evidence that is currently available about the etiology of auditory processing disorders (APD). The focus of our systematic review was to identify the characteristics of children with a diagnosis of APD or a suspicion of APD. The results of our study showed that the characteristics of these children are not specific or limited to the auditory modality but are multimodal instead. In our view, it is incorrect to use the diagnosis APD, because there is not necessarily a specific auditory deficit in a large group of children suffering from listening difficulties. Before we start using any new diagnoses, a better insight into how bottom-up and top-down processes are precisely involved in listening needs to be developed. In addition, more insight is needed with respect to the similarities and differences between the different developmental disorders of children.

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