Central Auditory Processing (CAP) is best described as “What the brain does with what the ear hears” (Terri James Bellis – 2001). The brain must accurately decode what the ear tells it to attach meaning to the sound coming in. A Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) is an inability to attend to, discriminate between, organise, recognise or understand aspects of the auditory signal that does not result from an impairment in hearing sensitivity or low cognitive functioning. CAPD is not limited to children and is in fact more prevalent in adults.
Language is learned through listening. To learn a language, one needs to be able to attend to, listen to, and separate important speech from all the other noises of daily living, at home, at school and socially. When one’s Central Auditory Processing skills are weak, the child or adult may experience auditory overload, making communication and learning a real challenge. This can impact listening and speaking, reading and writing and in turn, doing.
As part of our wide range of assessments and services at Heidi Allan’s Practice, we also offer professional testing and guidance to individuals with CAPD.