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Auditory Processing Disorders

Auditory processing disorder (APD), also known as Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD), refers to a condition that impacts the brain’s ability to filter and interpret sounds.

People with APD have normal hearing abilities, but their brains have a hard time receiving, organizing, and making sense of sound. Auditory processing disorder is typically diagnosed in school-aged children.

Signs And Symptoms

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Difficulty hearing speech in noisy environments

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Difficulty maintaining attention

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Problems locating the source of a sound

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Difficulty following directions

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Commonly asking for information to be repeated

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Inability to detect subtle changes in tone

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Distracted and inattentive behavior

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Difficulty learning to read

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Academic difficulties, including poor reading and spelling

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Difficulty hearing speech in noisy environments

Auditory Processing Disorder and ADHD

There is considerable overlap between APD and ADHD symptoms. They include:

  • Distractibility
  • inattention
  • Poor Listening Skills
  • Academic Difficulties
  • Difficulty Following Directions

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