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Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder (ANSD)

Photo: ANSD affects children in different ways, with symptoms ranging from mild to severe

Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder (ANSD) occurs when sounds are received normally by the cochlea, but become disrupted as they travel to the brain.

Children with ANSD are likely to have greater difficulty understanding speech and distinguishing one sound from another than a child with a similar level of hearing, especially when there’s background noise. The term ‘spectrum disorder’ helps with the understanding that ANSD affects children in different ways, with symptoms ranging from mild to severe.

For more information, download Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder, our resource for families who have a child diagnosed with ANSD.