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Spotlight on Auditory Processing Disorder

Sunday, October 9, 2016 10:01:25 AM Australia/Melbourne

Spotlight on Auditory Processing DisorderAs noted on in our previous post on misophonia, Hearlink wants to bring the education to you. There are so many nuances to the workings of your ears and so many different parts of cognitive learning are intertwined. It’s easy to think of hearing impairments and only think of a well-known few. The challenge is to seek out bodies of updated research and science, and to report back to our valued customer base on our learnings. In doing so, we reaffirm our commitment to our mission, which is that we're here to help you with every aspect of your hearing health, whether it's loss prevention, testing, finding solutions that will help you hear better. We promise to always provide professional services with integrity, competence, objectivity and independence. We support this mission each and every day, and will always do so.


In that spirit, today we focus on Auditory Processing Disorder. This is a perfect example of an impairment which goes far beyond the ears and effects many parts of our cognitive systems. Information may first hit our ears, but it’s only once it travels to our brains that the processing system begins. There is a mechanism in our brains, whose job it is to analyze this information. Then it assigns meaning to the information. This process is called auditory processing. When this process is not executed as planned, audiologists refer to it as Central Auditory Processing Disorder. You’ll also hear this referred to as CAPD or even APD, all of which are used interchangeably in this article.


CAPD has cascading effects on many parts of the life of someone impacted. These include relationships with those around him or her, achievements and progress in education, social development and emotional intelligence and growth. There are a lot of tell-tale symptoms of someone who is impacted. If you see any of these, let them know about CAPD:


  • He or she can’t hear music very well
  • He or she often repeats requests for information
  • He or she has issues with either short term or long term memory
  • He or she exhibits behavioral issues
  • He or she has a harder time at school—especially with reading, spelling and comprehension


That being said, many of these can also be signs of other issues. It’s very important to consult with an audiologist before pursuing a treatment plan for any hearing impairment related issues. That’s one of many reasons why Hearlink’s door is always open. You can always reach us via phone or email if your question is outside of regular office hours. Our job is to serve you and make sure that you’re properly educated on your symptoms.


If the issue does turn out to Central Auditory Processing Disorder, then your audiologist will help to put together a plan, or a management program for you. This will be customized to fit your needs- there are no off the shelf solutions for hearing impairments like this. The ultimate goal of the plan or program is to strengthen the skills it takes to execute auditory processing.

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