Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)

Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) is a term for a range of hearing conditions that involve a breakdown in your hearing process. Rather than a loss of hearing, CAPD is when your brain isn’t able to make sense of what your ears hear due to a distorted signal. Around 5{92467a49ff12a820a3b3ae4b2cf52bd04325c168956e2cbcc290838a2f8c9516} of school-aged children suffer from CAPD.

Symptoms of CAPD

Central auditory processing disorder symptoms of CAPD are not always easy to recognise. You or your child could:

  • have trouble following conversation
  • have difficulty following or remembering directions
  • be distracted by sudden noises or noisy environments
  • have poor organisational skills and ability to complete tasks

Causes of CAPD

The causes of CAPD are not completely known however research suggests that the neural pathways of the central auditory nervous system are involved.  CAPD is sometimes accompanied by other conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism and dyslexia.

Treatment of CAPD

If you suspect issues with central auditory processing, the next step is to consult with a  hearing care professional.  A full evaluation will determine if you or your child have CAPD and a treatment plan can be determined. At Mackay Hearing, our Audiologist has qualifications in both Audiology and Speech Pathology

If you would like further information on CAPD, or you wish to make an appointment for comprehensive diagnostic CAPD test, please contact our friendly local staff directly on 0401 257 402 or email us at [email protected]

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