auditory discriminationeducation dictionary

<learning theory> The ability to detect differences in sounds; may be gross ability, such as detecting the differences between the noises made by a cat and dog, or fine ability, such as detecting the differences made by the sounds of letters m and n. auditory figure-ground.

The ability to attend to one sound against a background of sound (e.g., hearing the teacher's voice against classroom noise).

(09 Mar 2006)