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CAPD Evaluation

CAPD Evaluation

CAPD is a disorder where a child can hear normally but faces difficulty in the neurological processing of sounds.

CAPD stands for Central Auditory Processing Disorder. It affects around 5% of school-aged children. CAPD is a disorder where a child can hear normally but faces difficulty in the neurological processing of sounds. Children diagnosed with CAPD do not have a hearing impairment. They are just unable to understand sounds, unlike other kids.  

Children with CAPD might have normal hearing but still, find it challenging to interpret and process sounds. This disorder is caused when the brain and ears cannot coordinate efficiently. Such children find it challenging to understand speech in places with a degraded signal, places surrounded by noise, or places where noise is coming from various directions, such as a classroom.  

Symptoms of CAPD

Children with CAPD might show the following symptoms: 

  • Difficulty in focusing or paying attention 
  • Difficulty in following a conversation 
  • Difficulty in learning a new language 
  • Issues associated with reading, learning, and spelling 
  • Finding it difficult to understand a vocal message or speech in a noisy background with sounds coming from different directions 
  • Speech delays 
  • Misunderstanding and unable to follow verbal instructions 
  • Difficulty in following and understanding rapid speech 

CAPD Assessment at SoundLife Hearing

CAPD can be bothersome for children and make them feel annoyed. Additionally, it can hinder their development and learning abilities. Hence, it is crucial to get your child checked by a professional if you notice any of the above symptoms.  

To diagnose if a child has CAPD, we conduct an assessment that consists of a series of tests. These tests are designed to evaluate a child’s specific auditory processing abilities. A CAPD assessment can take about one and a half hours and gives a comprehensive evaluation report.  

The procedure followed for CAPD Evaluation. 

We start CAPD Evaluation with a hearing test at SoundLife Hearing. It does not assist in diagnosing CAPD. But, it is done to check if there is the presence of peripheral hearing loss. To diagnose CAPD, special tests are conducted that assess the central processing of speech sounds.  

CAPD cannot be diagnosed with a single test. Hence, a set of tests is used for it. Some of these tests are-  

  • Binaural integration 
  • Temporal sequencing 
  • Temporal resolution 
  • Binaural interaction – including spatial listening 

After conducting these tests, we evaluate the results to diagnose if the child has CAPD. As the assessment takes considerable time, we suggest getting a morning appointment.  

Management Assistance by SoundLife Hearing Experts

Being an expert solution provider for hearing issues, we help your child manage CAPD if diagnosed with it. For CAPD management, we use the following three methods- 

  • Environmental modifications 
  • Specific remediation 
  • Compensatory Strategies 

CAPD management requires psychologists, speech pathologists, parents, teachers, and audiologists to work together. We will not only do everything on our part but will also guide you and share practical tips to help your child best.  

Sound Life Hearing is always here to help you with your hearing health. Contact us today for CAPD Evaluation if you see any symptoms of this disorder in your child.  

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