Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Auditory Discrimination

  • Kelly BroxtermanEmail author
  • Beth Kuczynski
  • Stephanie A. Kolakowsky-Hayner
  • Alyssa Beukema
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_1436


Auditory processing


Auditory discrimination is part of phonology, which is one of the five components of language. It is the ability to recognize differences in phonemes (the smallest unit of sound in a language), including the ability to identify words and sounds that are similar and those that are different. Auditory discrimination tests are performed to measure a person’s phonological awareness, such as the ability to compare and contrast speech sounds, separate and blend phonemes, identify phonemes within spoken words, and combine phonemes into spoken words. Impaired auditory discrimination should be addressed early in child development, as it is pertinent to learning. Auditory discrimination ability or phonological awareness skills are correlated with reading performance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kelly Broxterman
    • 1
    Email author
  • Beth Kuczynski
    • 2
  • Stephanie A. Kolakowsky-Hayner
    • 3
  • Alyssa Beukema
    • 1
  1. 1.School PsychologyThe Chicago School of Professional PsychologyChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Imaging of Dementia and Aging (IDeA) Laboratory, Department of Neurology and Center for Neuroscience, University of CaliforniaDavisUSA
  3. 3.Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount SinaiNew YorkUSA