What is Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)?

auditory processing disorder

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), also called Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD), is a collection of brain-based impairments in the processing of auditory information despite normal hearing levels.

Due to hereditary factors, illnesses such as ear infections as a small child, or other factors (or a combination), someone with APD may lack the ability to rapidly discriminate and process sounds. For instance, tracking conversation in the presence of background noise can be much less successful for an APD’er than a normal person – an occurrence known as the “cocktail party effect”.

Only recently coming into popular awareness, the condition is recognized by audiologists although diagnosis can sometimes be confused with other (possibly co-existing) conditions such as attention deficit.

What Can be Done?

There is no known cure or remedy other than environmental support, such as facing a speaker and sitting close to a lecturer in order to catch more of what…

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