Central Auditory Processing Disorders

Children and adults with central auditory processing disorders (CAPD) have difficulty responding to and understanding speech in a number of situations. They can hear sounds, but have a hard time understanding what the sound means. CAPD is thought to be a problem with how the brain interprets sound, not how ears hear sound, even if hearing is normal.

Children and adults often are referred for CAPD testing because they have a hard time with one or more of the following:

  • Listening in noisy situations
  • Following simple and complex spoken directions
  • Paying attention
  • Mixing up sounds in words
  • Remembering what was said
  • Learning

At UWSHC, we have a team of specialists and graduate student clinicians who work together to diagnose and treat CAPD.  Our CAPD program uses a team approach because that is the recommended, most effective approach to diagnosis and treatment.


Pictured are audiology graduate students on the CAPD team, discussing an upcoming evaluation.       

Before your first visit, we will send you a case history form to complete and mail back to us. We will also ask that you send any results from other evaluations and school information. Once we’ve received your paperwork, we will review it and determine if an evaluation is appropriate for you or your child.  Criteria for testing include; age of 7 years or older, normal to near-normal hearing and normal to near normal cognition.  Someone from our office will call you to schedule testing.  The evaluation will include audiology and speech and language assessments and will occur all on the same day. 

After your appointment, our team will meet again to discuss results and make recommendations for you or your child. After we’ve met, we will send you a copy of the written report