What exactly is auditory processing disorder and what you can do about it
Although we hear with our ears, it is our brain that makes sense of the information we hear. The mechanism by which the brain analyses and assigns meaning to auditory information is known as auditory processing. A Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD, sometimes called APD) occurs when this process is impaired.
What is the effect of a CAPD?
Efficient processing of auditory information is very important for children and adults to be successful in learning and communication. A CAPD will have an impact on educational achievement, social development, relationships and general emotional well being.
Listed below are some common behavioural characteristics of people with a CAPD. Central auditory processing consists of a number of different underlying mechanisms. The actual symptoms of a person’s CAPD will depend on which mechanisms are affected.
(It is important to note that these symptoms can result from other disorders. Careful assessment is required to identify the underlying cause).
What can be done about auditory processing disorder.
Your audiologist will put together a management program for you. Your particular needs are taken into account. The aim of the rehabilitative/treatment program is to both strengthen a person’s auditory processing skills as well as to teach them strategies to better manage the auditory processing problems they are having. We find we need to focus on four core areas:
This article was first published at hearingcareprofessionals.com.au.
Nolene Nielson is an experienced Brisbane Audiologist whose independent audiology practice is part of a new direction in hearing health care.