|What is CAPD?|
When our ear hears a sound, the sound is taken into the inner ear and delivered to the brain and the brain translates what is being heard. When a person is deaf, the part of the ear that delivers the sound to the brain does not function.
When a person has central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), the part of the brain that translates what the ear delivers does not function properly. The person with CAPD can hear sounds, but how the brain translates those sound is disrupted, and the end result is a garbled message.
People who have CAPD have normal hearing, so they are not considered hearing impaired. The neurological processing of the sounds they hear is impaired, which is why it's called a processing disorder.
Symptoms of CAPD
Most common symptoms include:
Subtypes of CAPD
Central Auditory Processing Disorder is a broad descriptor of issues related to various areas of auditory processing dysfunction. The subtypes describe specific areas of dysfunction so that specific remedies can be implemented. A person could have one or more of these subtypes.
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CAPD vs. APD
Auditory Processing Disorder is a descriptive term that describes any issues related to the auditory system. This could include outer, middle and inner problems, as well as neurologic issues related to getting the message into the brain or translation of the message once it reaches the brain. Central Auditory Processing Disorder was initially the term used to describe the auditory processing disorders that occur in the central nervous system, i.e. the brain. Over time the term has been shortened to Auditory Processing Disorders, and these days CAPD and APD are essentially interchangeable.
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