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At the Eckelmann-Taylor Speech and Hearing Clinic, a team of licensed audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and graduate clinicians work closely on an interdisciplinary team to diagnose and treat individuals with auditory processing deficits.

What is it?

Individuals with central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) experience difficulty interpreting information that they hear. This is not a hearing problem, but rather a disconnect between what the ear perceives, and what the brain does with the information that it hears. CAPD can co-occur with learning disabilities, speech and language impairments, and other developmental disabilities.

Signs and symptoms of CAPD

These may include the following: difficulty understanding spoken language in noisy environments, frequently asking for repetitions, misinterpretation of humor and sarcasm, and difficulty following multi-step directions. Additionally, a person with CAPD may also experience poor musical abilities and have associated learning problems in reading and spelling.

The causes of CAPD are, at times, unknown. However, CAPD has been linked to congenital factors, neuro-maturational delays, and recurring middle ear infections. Furthermore, acquired conditions, such as head injury or trauma, are known causes of CAPD.

Assessment and treatment

Evaluation and treatment for CAPD at the Eckelmann-Taylor Speech and Hearing Clinic involves both an audiological evaluation and a speech-language evaluation. Following assessment, the team generates a comprehensive report, which includes recommendations for environmental modifications and accommodations as well as compensatory strategies and direct therapy if warranted.

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