Auditory Processing Disorder

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Central Auditory Processing Disorder
When the Brain Can’t Hear
Imagine living in a world where a person can hear but don’t comprehend. Imagine decoding every word, every sentence, and every conversation. Imagine a life where a person cannot process information like other person can. Think about having to work twice as hard to retain information. Someone who lives with central auditory processing disorder has this life. “Living with a learning disorder isn’t always easy. As a matter of fact, it is never easy” says Lisa Schmidt (Schmidt). Auditory processing is a term used to describe what happens when a person’s brain recognizes and interprets sounds around them. The ‘disorder’ part of auditory processing disorder means that something is adversely affecting the processing or interpretation of the information (NIDCD).
The auditory system is one of the most complex and delicate sensory systems in the body. When this system works correctly, it is able to process and transform acoustical energy through the ear and into the brain, where it can be identified as sound. This whole process occurs within a split-second timeframe. When functioning normally, our brains are able to interpret the sound into messages we understand (Kids Health). Unfortunately, it doesn’t always function normally. When a person has Central Auditory Processing Disorder the sound gets to the brain but the brain is unable to interpret the sound into a message they can understand (Pepin).
The causes for Auditory Processing Disorder are unclear. Specific causes have yet to be pinpointed by researchers. In many children, it is related to developmental delays in the auditory centers within the brain. In other children, the deficits are related to harmless differences in the way the brain develops. APD can also be closely connected to neurological problems or diseases such as: trauma, tumors, degenerative…...

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