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Central Auditory Processing Disorder is a hearing condition that impedes your brain’s processing of sound and understanding of what others say. This disorder interferes with quality of life and can lead to miscommunications with your friends and family. Thankfully, our experienced audiologists offer treatment for auditory processing disorder in Lancaster, PA, to help you hear and understand clearly!
Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD or APD) 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 APD 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. APD 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 APD and this is important so the person can get the appropriate treatment or therapy.
Signs and Symptoms
People with APD typically act as though hearing loss is present even though they pass regular hearing tests. Some signs of APD include:
APD 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 2-3 hours and uses various tests designed to tax the auditory system. Testing is completed in a sound-treated room using advanced equipment.
It is not enough to just diagnose APD — we must consider proper treatment to restore your hearing and understanding. Multiple research studies show that auditory training focusing on auditory weakness areas can help improve listening ability in those with APD. The report will include suggestions for improving the listening environment, listening strategies, and a customized training plan.
A&E Audiology offers both APD evaluation and APD 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 2-3 weeks and get you on track to better hearing and processing!