CAP Testing is used to assess the auditory pathways within the central nervous system or brain. This testing is suggested when a patient’s hearing appears to be within the normal range but the patient claims they are not able to hear well in certain environments.
Headphones or speakers are used for CAP testing. The patient listens to words or sentences that are presented with noise. Those experiencing central auditory processing issues generally have normal hearing. They do have difficulty with receiving and understanding the auditory information.
Auditory processing disorders can happen at any age but are often diagnosed in children. Teachers will often find that a student is falling behind in reading development. They are often unable to complete or recall directed tasks. Often, children with auditory processing issues also have a history of ear infections. Of course, adults can also experience similar challenges and should also consider CAP testing when they do.