Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD), also known as auditory processing disorder (APD), is an umbrella term for a number of disorders that affect the hearing process. People with CAPD have normal hearing. However, their brain is unable to process and make sense of what they are hearing.
CAPD affects both adults and children and causes difficulty in understanding language due to some distortion to the auditory (hearing) signal. Some of the main characteristics of CAPD in children are the inability to clearly distinguish speech in noisy environments, difficulty following directions and conversations, poor decoding skills, distraction and learning difficulties.