Auditory temporal processing is classified into different categories or abilities, such as temporal integration (summation of energy over time), temporal discrimination (differentiating 2 acoustic events solely by duration), temporal masking
(the effect of the decreased audibility of a sound due to a preceding or following sound), temporal ordering (perception fluctuations in intensity and frequency over time), and temporal resolution/acuity (recognition of temporal cues in acoustic energy as the means to differentiate acoustic signals).
Categories of temporal processing include temporal ordering or sequencing, temporal resolution, temporal integration and temporal masking
. There are no clinically available tests of temporal integration and temporal masking
, so audiologists incorporate tests of temporal sequencing and temporal resolution in their clinical practice .