Auditory Processing Disorders Open Access Articles

 Auditory processing disorder (APD), also known as central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), is an umbrella term for a variety of disorders that affect how auditory information is processed by the brain. Individuals with APD usually have normal outer, lower, and inner ear structure and function (peripheral hearing). We cannot however process the information we receive in the same manner as others do this, which leads to difficulties in the identification and understanding of sounds, particularly those that compose speech. Such complications are thought to result from central nervous system (i.e., brain) dysfunction. In the ears, APD was called dyslexia. In traditional medical classifications such as the Mental Disorder Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, APD does not appear 4th Edition (DSM-IV).  

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