Auditory perception refers to the ability of the brain to interpret and create a clear impression of sounds.
Good auditory skills enable children to distinguish between different pitches, volumes, rhythms and sources of sounds and words, which has amongst others, significant benefits for learning reading.
Auditory perception includes:
Auditory closure - the ability to complete indistinct or inaudible words to create a clear auditory image
Auditory conceptualising - the ability to interpret and form a clear impression of a sound or combination of sounds
Auditory discrimination - the ability to interpret information relating to the differences between sounds, which facilitates understanding spoken words and spelling skills
Auditory localization - the ability to determine the source of a sound using only the sense of hearing
Auditory memory - the ability to store and later recall the impression perceived by the ears
Auditory sequential memory - the ability to store a series of information in the order it was heard and later recall it, to facilitate following instructions and memorisation of rhymes, songs etc.