Central Auditory Processing Testing
“Why can’t my child listen?”
“I feel like I have to repeat myself over and over again.”
“I give my child a set of instructions to go upstairs brush his teeth and comb his hair. He will go upstairs and not even remember what I told him.”
“I don’t know if there is a problem, or if my child is just lazy.”
The quotes above came from parents of children about to undergo testing for Central Auditory Processing Disorder (cAPD). Please be aware, adults can also have an auditory processing disorder.
What is CAPD? It is the inability to understand spoken language in a meaningful way in the absence of what is commonly considered a hearing loss is called a Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) disorder. In simple terms one may describe CAPD as how well the ear communicates to the brain and then how well the brain understands what the ear is saying. Through a battery of tests, an audiologist can evaluate hearing and identify possible processing problems. These tests involve listening to different types of speech under a variety of difficult listening situations. CAPD problems can affect learning, particularly in the areas of spelling and reading.
If you would like to be tested for CAPD please book an appointment in Amherstburg by calling (519) 730-1030 or in Essex by calling (519) 961-9285.
Please watch the video below to learn more about Central Auditory Processing Disorder
What are the symptoms of possible auditory processing difficulty?
Children with auditory processing difficulty typically have normal hearing and intelligence. However, they have also been observed to:
- Have trouble paying attention to and remembering information presented orally
- Have problems carrying out multi-step directions
- Have poor listening skills
- Need more time to process information
- Have low academic performance
- Have behavior problems
- Have language difficulty (e.g., they confuse syllable sequences and have problems developing vocabulary and understanding language)
- Have difficulty with reading, comprehension, spelling, and vocabulary
Central Auditory Processing Evaluations include:
Please note, a referral from your family physician or school is NOT required. However the patient must:
- Be 8 years old or older in order to be evaluated for cAPD
- Have normal hearing in both ears. This includes no middle ear issues such as fluid in the ear, ear infections, perforated ear drum, etc.
- The patient must be able to take a test in English
- The patient must demonstrate intelligible speech (no severe phonological speech or articulation disorders)
The CAPD Test Battery is performed by a Doctor of Audiology and includes:
- Detailed case history
- Pure tone air and bone conduction testing (hearing test)
- Tympanometry and acoustic reflexes
- Listening and repeating speech in a quiet
- Listening and repeating speech in background noise
- A report will be completed by the Audiologist and you will be provided with a copy to share with you family doctor, school, etc.
A proper diagnosis can be made only after the completion of the battery of audiometric tests listed above, administered by an audiologist.
What Treatments Are Available For Auditory Processing Difficulty?
Individualized remediation programs are available to help strengthen auditory processing skills in diagnosed children and adults. A team approach to diagnosis and management may include an audiologist, psychologist, speech-language therapist, occupational therapist, and neurologist. A person is more than just a pair of ears or a brain; looking at the whole person and the areas of difficulty will assist in diagnosis and allow for more meaningful treatment.
If you are interested in discussing possible treatment for CAPD, please contact Speech-Language Pathologist Dayna Maitre, M.A., CCC-SLP, Reg. CASLPO at 519.961.9694 / 519.903.4403 . Dayna is a registered provider for the Scientific Learning Fast ForWord Program for CAPD.