Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) Testing/Screenings For Children and Adults

Auditory Processing Disorder is a disorder that impacts the way the brain processes auditory information. Children or adults with this disorder do not process auditory information in the same way that their peers do. Many times, they will have trouble in both recognizing and interpreting sounds, particularly speech cues. Any competing sound signal makes it much more difficult for these individuals to hear and function. Often people will this disorder will be misdiagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD OR ADHD) as many of the signs and symptoms are very similar in nature.

It is important to differentiate a person with Central Auditory Processing Disorder and many other disorders with similar symptoms. Some of these include but are not limited to, learning disabilities, speech and language disorders, ADD, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

A diagnosis of Central Auditory Processing Disorder is typically confirmed by an audiologist, although many times a team evaluation will involve speech-language pathologists, psychologists, educators, school nurses, physicians, and/or the parents to rule out other differential diagnoses. A full audiological evaluation is performed in the sound-treated booth under headphones, as well as several other specialized tests to assess the entire auditory system in addition to the central auditory system.

Treatment Options are discussed and are on a case-by-case basis. These can range from focused accommodations, intervention goals, classroom accommodations, specific guided speech/language/therapy goals, and work or lifestyle modifications and interventions.

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Signs/Symptoms of Auditory Processing Disorder

  • Difficulty hearing/understanding in the presence of noise
  • Attention issues involving listening
  • Poor phonics and sound discrimination
  • Poor Reading skills/comprehension ability
  • Slow/delayed responses to verbal cues
  • Inability to perform multi-step verbal directions
  • Poor Organization and Time Management Skills
  • Inconsistent responses to speech
  • Poor auditory memory skills
  • Poor social interaction skills especially when in noisy environments



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