Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)

Found in individuals who have no trouble detecting the presence of sound, but do have difficulty processing and remembering language-related tasks (e.g., understanding conversations in noisy environments, following complex oral directions, learning new vocabulary words or foreign languages). These hearing difficulties can affect their ability to develop normal language skills, succeed academically, or communicate effectively (Schminky & Baran, 1999). CAPD often co-exists with other disabilities such as speech and language disorders or delays, dyslexia, attention deficit disorders with or without hyperactivity, social, and/or emotional problems (Chermak & Musiek, 1997).

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