Our expert says:
Children with hearing difficulties are often misdiagnosed with attention defecit, as they find it difficult to concentrate, especially in a noisy environment. It is advisable to have a hearing test performed in any child were the diagnosis is a possibiliy. Children with CAPD, have difficulty to UNDERSTAND what they hear, thus causing similar problems in children with hearing loss.
An audiologist should be able to test for this condition, so I suggest you phone a practise in your area to enquire if they are able to perform these tests.
The following is needed:
1. Audiogram and tympanomatry
2. Elcrophysiological tests, eg ABR, MLR, P300
3. Specialist tests:Dichotic tests
Low redundancy tests
Binaural interaction tests
This is a relatively new field (since the 1950's), and tests are still being refined to understand this complex problem. Patients diagnosed with this problem require intensive therapy, your audiologist dhould be able to advise you.
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