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What You Need To Know About Central Auditory Processing Disorders

Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD) is supposed to be a type of physical hearing impairment but it does not demonstrate any hearing loss during routine screenings and on an audiogram. It actually impacts the hearing system way beyond your ear. This adversely affects the job of differentiating a meaningful or decipherable message from unnecessary background noise and delivering that information with proper clarity to the brain’s intellectual centres or our Central Nervous System. When you get incomplete or even distorted auditory messages, you tend to lose a key connection with other people and the world in general.

Specialized Testing for Identifying CAPD

Specialized testing would be necessary for identifying the CAPD issue. Some tests used by educational psychologists, educational therapists, andneuropsychologists could help in indicating that Central Auditory Processing Disorders could be present. These would be including auditory memory tests, tonal pattern recognition, sequencing, or even sound blending and information storage, in general, that is mostly assimilated through listening. The most precise way of sorting CAPD from any other issues is by opting for the clinical audio logic tests relating to your Central Nervous System. These tests prove to be effective in locating the problem site, managing and effectively reducing the effects.

Some CAPD Signs You Must Not Ignore

When you see the following signs in your child, it is best to take him/her to the hearing clinic and consult with a qualified audiologist.

•           Incredibly sensitive to sounds.

 •          Likes to listen to T. V. or even talk louder than usual.

•           Speech delays or speech developed unclearly.

•           Issues with rapid speech.

•           Not good at “communication.”

•           Often requires remarks repeated.

•           Memorizes poorly.

•           Interprets every word too literally.

•           Hears better while facing or watching the speaker.

•           Difficulty in sounding out words.

•           Difficulty in following a series of directions.

•           Often confused with similar-sounding words.

•           Asks excessive extra informational questions.

•           Ignores people around him or her, particularly when engrossed.

Characteristics of Central Auditory Processing Disorders

Poor Listening Abilities

A child suffering from CAPDs may demonstrate difficulties in paying attention and this is actually, referred to as the auditory memory deficit. The child may make requests for repetition frequently. He would be having issues with memorizing or remembering verbal information. He would possess poor communication skills like he could be abrupt while speaking or be explicitly terse while talking to someone.

Problems in Following a Series of Directions

A child suffering from CAPDs may have major issues in following multi-step or a series of instructions, particularly, if they are verbal directives. For children afflicted with Central Auditory Processing Disorders, every step must be clearly understood before going on to the following step.

Poor Organizational Abilities

Poor organizational and planning skills are some of the key characteristics of Central Auditory Processing Disorders. Any patient with CAPD may not have the necessary attention span for planning and following through any long-term assignment. He would be hugely benefitted in a perfectly structured environment. In this context, you must appreciate that the cutting-edge assistive learning technologies could be immensely helpful.

Difficulty in Reading & Comprehension

Children with CAPD actually, prefer written instructions; demonstrate poor spelling and reading skills. As such, they are characterized by poor note-taking abilities.

Distracted Easily by Sounds

A person having Central Auditory Processing Disorders would be incredibly sensitive to sounds and would be having a lot of problems in hearing, as well as, comprehending in a really loud environment. He or she would be distracted quite easily by noise and demonstrate tremendous trouble in paying attention or concentrating if there is some background noise.


CAPD would adversely affect the academic, communication, and social skills of a child. Children with Central Auditory Processing Disorders would not usually be speaking clearly. They would have problems in developing spelling, reading, and writing abilities. Children with CAPDs generally have problems in telling jokes and stories and they would be consciously avoiding conversations with peers as it becomes increasingly difficult for them to understand what is being discussed and to come up with some appropriate response. Do not forget that CAPD could present lifelong issues if it is not diagnosed correctly and effectively managed. So get in touch with your audiologist at once. If you still have doubt, contact our audiologist in Southern River Family Practice and make a appointment today.