USD professor's book on top 100 bestseller list Dr. Teri James Bellis displays her book, When The Brain Can't Hear: Unraveling the Mystery of Auditory Processing Disorder. Dr. Teri James Bellis, professor of audiology at The University of South Dakota, is the author of When The Brain Can't Hear: Unraveling the Mystery of Auditory Processing Disorder.
She recently returned from a national promotional tour sponsored by her publisher, Pocket Books-Simon and Schuster, to publicize her book on Auditory Processing Disorder (ADP).
When the Brain Can't Hear, which was released in early February, has already made it to number 38 on the amazon.com bestseller list. The
author will be at the Sioux Falls Barnes & Noble store on March 23 at 1 p.m. for a book signing and discussion.
Bellis wrote the book to increase awareness of the widespread but little known disorder. ADP occurs when the ear and the brain do not fully coordinate and is the auditory equivalent of dyslexia. It is primarily an "input" problem that affects the way an individual processes auditory information, especially speech, jumbling words or distorting the meaning of what is said. The book provides answers for an estimated seven million Americans who suffer from ADP.
In the book Bellis uses common examples of the effects of ADP. She includes case studies of a wife who complains that her husband never listens anymore, a quarterback who can't hear in the huddle, and an elderly woman who says her hearing aids make noises louder but not clearer. Bellis explains APD's symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment for both children and adults.
According to Bellis, one of the main difficulties of APD is misdiagnosis because many of its behaviors may look like a learning disability, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism, or mental retardation.
"Many of the people who have been affected in some way by the presence of APD in their lives have expressed the wish for a book written specifically for them, in their language, to help them comprehend a most complex subject," said Bellis. "APD is often misdiagnosed and most physicians haven't even been aware that the disorder exists."
Bellis is an internationally recognized expert in the field of
auditory processing disorders and has lectured worldwide on the subject.
She has written the authoritative text for professionals on diagnosis and treatment of APD, Assessment and Management of Central Auditory Processing Disorders in the Educational Setting: From Science to Practice.
She has 15 years of experience in APD research and her writing on the subject has been featured in several medical and academic publications, including the Journal of Neuroscience.