Central Auditory Processing
We have extensive experience with testing central auditory processing and identifying auditory processing disorder. We are well versed in other underlying neurobiologic and sensory deficits such as attention deficit, sensory integration and learning disorders and the impact that these disorders can have on auditory processing. We work closely with other pediatric specialists to provide a comprehensive approach for diagnosis and intervention.
Central Auditory Processing (CAP) is the ability to successfully break down auditory information in the central nervous system. Auditory processing includes successful sound localization, speech discrimination, temporal processing, and auditory performance when background noise is present or when the auditory signal has been degraded. If one of these processes breaks down, then Central Auditory Processing Disorder (also known as Auditory Processing Deficit) is present. Hearing through the ear may be normal but if an auditory processing deficit is present, the central nervous system may not be able to break down or decode the auditory information successfully to determine what has been said.
An accurate diagnosis for Central Auditory Processing Disorder should be made by an audiologist. Testing is performed in an audiometric suite. The audiologist has access to specific tests that determine what type of difficulties exist. Once the difficulties have been identified, intervention is recommended. Intervention can be provided by any number of professionals, including an audiologist, speech language pathologist and/or occupational therapist, depending on the problem. The professionals typically work as a team to address the problem.