Central auditory processing disorder (CAPD)

Central auditory processing disorder (CAPD)

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The Hearing Brain

Audiologists are regularly faced with the patient who presents to their office with a variety of hearing complaints. They often report significant difficulty hearing, particularly in background noise. These hearing difficulties negatively affect them both occupationally and socially. However, upon assessment, the pure-tone audiogram results demonstrate “normal” peripheral hearing sensitivity. These are perhaps not the anticipated results, given the patient’s reported difficulties.

Topic(s): auditory system, central auditory processing (CAP), Central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), brain, Normal Hearing


Publication Issue: Audiology Today May/June 2020

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JAAA Latest Fast Track Articles—August 20, 2019

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(C)APD Case Study Discussion

Do you evaluate adults for central auditory processing disorder as part of your clinical practice?

As this type of testing is not common in many clinical environments, you may have limited opportunities for discussions regarding these types of cases.

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REFLECTIONS | The Language of Hearing

How do we learn to speak? 

It was my fascination with that question that brought me to my specific studies in higher education and to my occupation.

First of all, we’re not born speaking. The newborn, however, is acutely aware of its surroundings with all five senses: hearing, seeing, touching or feeling, smelling, and tasting. And, I happen to think that hearing might be the most important in that line up for us homo sapiens. It is likely one of the reasons I became an audiologist.

What is critical for normal speech and language development? 


Topic(s): learning to speak, audiology, Hearing, Marion Downs, social communication disorder (SCD), Central auditory processing disorder (CAPD)


Publication Issue: Audiology Today July/August 2018

The Bench-to-Bedside Approach for Central Auditory Processing Disorder

Academy Editor-in-Chief Erin Schafer, PhD, spoke with Drs. Musiek and Chermak about the diagnosis and treatment of CAPD as well as the Third Global Conference on Central Auditory Processing Disorder: Synergies Between Lab and Clinic, at AAA 2019, March 30, in Columbus, Ohio.

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