Central Auditory Processing Disorder
Compassionate Care From Our Expert Team
Do you or a loved one have trouble focusing on conversations in noisy environments? If this sounds like you, there’s a chance you may be suffering from Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD). CAPD is a glitch in the brain’s mechanisms where the central processing system in the brain interprets sounds incorrectly because it fails to screen out background noises. In turn, noises and words can become garbled, regardless of your level of concentration. The important sounds get lost in all the other noises, which can lead to confusion and frustration. Our audiologists in Scottsdale, AZ, offer advanced treatments for Central Auditory Processing Disorder.
Common Signs of CAPD
A person with CAPD struggles with language processing, and this affects their ability to listen to and understand what’s being said. This can lead to problems in social, educational, and work environments. Some common signs to look for are:
- Difficulty localizing sounds
- Inability to separate speech from background noises
- Running words together, or dropping sounds from words when speaking
- Trouble remembering information
- Poor reading comprehension
- Trouble understanding conversations over the phone
- Difficulty learning a foreign language
- Lack of ability to focus for a period of time
CAPD in Children
Experts are unsure what causes CAPD in children, but we do recognize the symptoms. It’s estimated that around 7% of children have CAPD and they have great difficulty communicating and learning both at home and at school.
Children with CAPD are often diagnosed with other learning or developmental disabilities, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). They may struggle with listening, paying attention, reading, spelling, memorizing facts, and understanding and following directions. They are also easily distracted and need more time to process and understand information.
There are effective treatments available for children with CAPD. As children grow, their brain remains high in plasticity, allowing for rapid development and growth in the brain. For those with CAPD, this means there’s a chance to develop normal hearing and comprehension. CAPD can be successfully treated through speech and language therapy, which will help to develop normal processing in the brain.
CAPD in Adults
CAPD can develop in adults as a result of traumatic brain injury, like a concussion, illness, exposure to different sounds, or changes in their environment. For example, if a person who has always worked in quiet environments gets a job in a louder environment, they may acquire CAPD. Some adults can have CAPD and not even realize it, while others have noticeable difficulty understanding and remembering what’s been said, and often misinterpret situations. This leads to poor communication and can often strain relationships.
Diagnosis & Treatment
Proper diagnosis for CAPD includes a series of tests that determine speech comprehension in both quiet and noisy environments. Typical screening methods consist of a series of questions, observation of behaviors, and testing your ability to differentiate between speech and sound.
Treatment options include speech and language therapy to discriminate sounds more clearly, develop listening skills, and improve listening comprehension. Early intervention and treatment are important to achieve the most favorable outcome.
Watch the Video Below to Learn More About CAPD
See Our Audiologists in Scottsdale, AZ, for Help With Central Auditory Processing Disorder
To experience our award-winning hearing care, schedule your Hearing Consultation today by calling (602) 466-1199. You may also click here for our convenient online form. Your appointment includes the following:
- We Will Carefully Listen To Your Concerns & Goals
- Thorough Explanation Of Our Process
- Comprehensive Hearing Evaluation
- Custom Treatment Plan
- Receive A Free Copy Of Dr. Day’s Book, Reengage With Life & Family
During your appointment, we will take the time to answer all your questions about our advanced treatments and technology, our flexible payment options, and anything else you may want to know about us!