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Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)

CAPD is when a child seems to be deaf, even though his ears work fine.

What a Central Auditory Processing Disorder is
Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) is when your brain has a problem understanding what sounds mean. So while your child's ears could work fine, your child may still act like he can't hear.

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People call CAPD different things:

  • "central deafness"
  • "word deafness"
  • "auditory perceptual problem"
  • "auditory learning disability"
  • "auditory processing problem"

Next: The signs of CAPD

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