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Central Auditory Processing 

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Auditory Processing

Central Auditory Processing is the brains ability to recognize and interpret sounds. Some children have difficulty with the interpretation of sounds which can significantly impact their progress in school. Children who struggle with processing are often mistaken for having a hearing issue or learning disability, when in fact they often have normal hearing and intelligence but have difficulty understanding what they hear.  The information is coming in, but the brain does not know how to process is in a typical way; often struggling to sort out, organize, and process information. 


Symptoms of Auditory Processing

  • Trouble paying attention to and remembering information presented orally. 

  • Problems carrying out multi-step directions

  • Poor listening skills

  • More time to process information

  • Low academic performance

  • Behavior problems, easily frustrated, and impulsive

  • Sensitivity to loud sounds

  • Appears confused in noisy places

  • Short attention span

  • Asks for repetition (says "what" often)

  • Lacks self confidence and motivation

  • Difficulty reading, comprehension, spelling, and vocabulary

  • Language difficulty 

    • Confuse syllables sequences and have problems developing vocabulary and understanding language. ​

Diagnosis & Treatment

To properly diagnose an auditory processing disorder, special tests need to be administered by an Audiologist. At East Coast Audiology and Physical Therapy we perform a CAP Test to diagnose auditory processing disorders. 


A variety of treatment approaches may be recommended. These approaches can include medical treatment, hearing aid amplification, assistive listening devices, auditory training, and special listening strategies. Treatment strategies are usually provided by audiologists, although physicians, speech-language pathologists, psychologists, teachers, and other professionals may be involved.

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