Central auditory processing disorders (CAPD)
What is CAPD?
A Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) is a deficiency in the way the brain processes verbal/auditory information. Children and adults who have CAPD often struggle to understand the meaning of what is being said to them. Some people are born with CAPD, whereas other people acquire it later in life.

Facts About CAPD:
•   A deficiency in how the brain processes and differentiates sounds
•   It occurs in 5 out of every 100 children
•   Children with a CAPD have normal hearing
•   There is no one cause of a CAPD. In many children it’s related to developmental delays in the auditory centers of the brain

CAPD is caused by, but not limited to: premature birth, trauma, degenerative disorders, viral infections, lead poisoning, severe ear  infections early in childhood, head trauma, and stroke

A CAPD occurs with, but is not caused by:
•   Speech & language disorders
•   Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
•   Learning disabilities
•   Dyslexia
•   Social or emotional problems
•   Autism

Signs of CAPD are not exclusive to the disorder, but if your child exhibits some of the following signs or symptoms, they may be at risk of a central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) and benefit from specialized auditory testing.

Signs of CAPD:
•    Difficulty following verbal directions
•    Trouble understanding information presented in the classroom
•    Challenges with spelling because there is a tendency to confuse similar sounding words
•    Noisy environments upset or confuse your child.
•    They perform better in quiet environments or on tasks that don’t rely heavily on listening (e.g., reading or math)
•    Exhibits frustration when trying to follow long conversations
•    Difficulty following multi-step directions

Achieve Hearing & Rehabilitation helps patients overcome their Central Auditory Processing disorders. If you or someone you know demonstrates any signs and symptoms of a Central Auditory Processing disorder please call us at 972-608-0416 to discuss how Achieve can help.

Achieve Hearing & Rehabilitation is a speech and hearing clinic in Plano, Texas. We offer speech language pathology and audiological services for children and adults of all ages. Achieve is in-network with Aetna, Cigna, BlueCrossBlueShield, Medicare, and United Healthcare. We can help obtain information about your policy to determine if services are covered under. Please call us at 972-608-0416.