TCSE Contractual /Consulting  Audiologist
     David J. Lane, Au.D., CCC-A   Board Certified Audiologist
4117 S. Water Tower Place Suite C
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864           Phone:  (618) 242-0672

During the ongoing vacancy of Hearing Itinerant Teacher (unfilled ), Cyndi Sutherland, MS.CCC/SLP,
is providing support to families, staff, and students with hearing services on their individual education plan (IEP).
She works under the direction of consulting audiologist for recommendations and assessment.

A hearing evaluation may consist of pure-tone thresholds or otoacoustic emissions (OAE).
Tri-County Special Education processes these referrals from its member districts or TCSE teachers/nurses to the designated contractual audiologists. A request for this testing requires parent and administrative consent and may or may not be part of a special education referral.
Hearing Test Referral & Consent Form

Phonak Functional Auditory Performance Indicators (FAPI)


Auditory processing is what our brain does with what it hears. This is a central nervous system issue related to how the brain translates signals and sounds that are heard. Most of the tests of APD require that a child be at least 7 or 8 years of age because the variability in brain function is so marked in younger children that test interpretation may not be possible. Although the human auditory system is fully developed at birth, auditory pathways don’t mature until age 10-12 years old.

There are a variety of screening measure and tools used to determine if further testing is needed.
A request for this in-depth testing, conducted by an audiologist, is part of a full case-study evaluation, not an isolated test  AND requires parent consent at an Individual Needs Assessment Meeting(INA).

Through the APD Screening process (the SCAN- Test for Auditory Processing Disorders & CHAPS-Childrens’ Auditory Performance Scale) , a child may be referred for an Auditory Processing Evaluation by his/her educational team and in agreement with the parents as part of a multidisciplinary review of the listening and learning abilities and behaviors in the classroom.


Child must be 7 years or older
Child must have cognitive functioning in the average range
Child must be proficient in English
Normal hearing must be demonstrated
Child should not have a severe articulation disorder
Child should not be diagnosed with a severe emotional &/or behavioral disorder

ADHD & AUDITORY PROCESSING  The two disorder often overlap. 

How can a parent tell if his or her ADHD child has APD? In general, children with ADHD exhibit inattention, distractibility, and hyperactivity in any environment. Children with APD, on the other hand, usually don’t have difficulty focusing and paying attention in a quiet space. Symptoms of the two disorders often overlap