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Do you or a loved one have trouble focusing on conversations in noisy environments? If so, there’s a chance you may be suffering from Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD). CAPD is a glitch in the brain’s mechanisms where the central processing system in the brain interprets sounds incorrectly because it fails to screen out background noises. In turn, noises and words become garbled, and no matter how concentrated a person with CAPD is, the important sounds get lost in all the other noises, leading to confusion and frustration. Fortunately, our experts offer cutting-edge treatments for Central Auditory Processing Disorder in Stevens, PA.
Central Auditory Processing Disorder is used to describe various disorders that affect the way the brain processes auditory information. Put simply, it is a disorder having to do with “what your brain does with the information your ears hear.”
People with CAPD typically pass regular hearing tests because they have what is considered to be “normal” hearing. Despite that, they cannot easily and effectively process and understand speech. CAPD can occur in children and adults and is often misdiagnosed as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity (ADHD). Only an audiologist can make a proper diagnosis of CAPD and this is important so the person can get the appropriate treatment or therapy.
A person with CAPD struggles with language processing, and this affects their ability to listen to and understand what’s being said. This can lead to difficulties in social, educational, and work environments. Common signs to look for are:
CAPD diagnosis starts with a thorough case history. We will ask you to fill out several questionnaires and spend some time understanding where your difficulties are. We schedule an evaluation that takes two to three hours and uses various tests designed to tax the auditory system. Testing is completed in a sound-treated room using advanced equipment.
Proper diagnosis for CAPD includes a series of tests to determine speech comprehension in both quiet and noisy environments. Typical screening methods consist of a series of questions, observation of behaviors, and testing your ability to differentiate between speech and sound.
Treatment options include speech and language therapy to discriminate sounds more clearly, develop listening skills, and improve listening comprehension. Early intervention and treatment are critical to achieving the best outcome.
A&E Audiology offers both CAPD evaluation and CAPD therapy services. The evaluation helps us figure out areas of deficits or weakness, and we then create a customized therapy plan for each individual. Therapy is offered weekly, biweekly, or monthly and can be done in-person or virtually. In-person therapy is done at our office on Noll Drive. We will share your evaluation results with you within two to three weeks and get you on track to better hearing and processing.
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