Duke speech pathologists and audiologists work together to evaluate and treat central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), which affects how the brain recognizes and processes sounds and words. The condition, also called auditory processing disorder, may occur in individuals who have normal hearing but appear to have trouble listening, and misunderstand conversations or instructions.
Obtaining a Correct Diagnosis
The struggle to communicate can cause feelings of frustration, insecurity, defiance and sometimes aggression. Auditory processing difficulties may be misdiagnosed as attention deficit disorder. Adults may be diagnosed with central auditory processing disorder following traumatic brain injury or stroke.
Duke audiologists work closely with speech pathologists to fully evaluate your ability to process auditory information. This combined approach is crucial to identifying the cluster of problems that may lead to auditory processing disorder. The information gleaned through this comprehensive process enables our speech pathologists and audiologists to develop an individualized treatment plan that meets your needs.
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Detection of central auditory processing disorder is important. Left untreated, it can result in speech and language delays, academic problems, challenges in the workplace, and social and interpersonal problems. Making the diagnosis requires testing of auditory processing and communication difficulties. The tests performed are based on age, the presence of specific auditory difficulties, language or developmental delays, and cognitive abilities.
Rule out hearing problems related to damage to the ear or nerves.
Auditory Processing Tests
Measure difficulty hearing in background noise and with rapid speech, dichotic listening (which refers to selective attention), and temporal processing.
Evaluate expressive and receptive language skills including auditory memory and phonological processing.