What is the effect of a CAPD?
Efficient processing of auditory information is very important for children and adults to be successful in learning and communication. A CAPD will have an impact on educational achievement, social development, relationships and general emotional well being.
Listed below are some common behavioural characteristics of people with a CAPD. Central auditory processing consists of a number of different underlying mechanisms. The actual symptoms of a person's CAPD will depend on which mechanisms are affected.
- Difficulties hearing in noise.
- Frequent requests for repetition.
- Inability to follow instructions.
- Poor memory for auditory information.
- Difficulties identifying features of speech sounds so that reading is affected.
- Academic problems, especially reading, spelling and comprehension.
- Behavioural problems.
- Short attention span.
- Social difficulties.
(It is important to note that these symptoms can result from other disorders. Careful assessment is required to identify the underlying cause).