What is Central Auditory Processing Disorder (APD/CAPD)?
Known as APD and CAPD, this disorder is a hearing impairment that affects the neurological system behind the ear. These nerves normally separate meaningful messages from non-essential background noise before sending the information to the intellectual centers of the brain.
Adults and children suffering from APD have problems processing this information and, as a result, they struggle to tell the difference between meaningful and unimportant messages. APD can be caused by a variety of different things:
- It can be hereditary
- It can be the result of a complicated birth
- It can be caused by a head injury or a severe illness