What is Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)?

(Central) Auditory Processing can be described as the 'brain-work' of hearing. Immaturity or disorder of the central auditory pathways leads to difficulties with attending, discriminating or comprehending spoken information. This is despite having normal hearing and intelligence. (Central) Auditory Processing Disorder – (C)APD – makes it hard to learn from incidental conversations and spoken information, leading to behaviour problems and learning difficulties.

  • Auditory processing is the ability to take in, hold, sequence and recall auditory information.
  • Capacity to process auditory information increases throughout childhood but can vary in its rate of development.

CAPD and Spatial Processing Disorder

Spatial processing is the ability to use the cues that tell us where sounds are coming from. This ability allows us to focus on one sound while ignoring sounds coming from other directions and is one of the main skills we rely on when trying to listen in noise.

Spatial Processing Disorder (SPD) is a type of CAPD that leads to a difficulty understanding speech in noisy situations. Nepean Hearing's CAPD program focuses on identifying SPD, and other areas of short term auditory memory, with tests of digit and sentence span which will be performed. The results will then be discussed and a comprehensive report written and appropriate strategies recommended.