Article  |   November 1995
Modality Specificity as a Criterion for Diagnosing Central Auditory Processing Disorders
Hearing Disorders
Article   |   November 1995
Modality Specificity as a Criterion for Diagnosing Central Auditory Processing Disorders
American Journal of Audiology November 1995, Vol.4, 36-48. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0403.36
History: Accepted 28 Oct 1994 , Received 18 Aug 1994
American Journal of Audiology November 1995, Vol.4, 36-48. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0403.36
History: Accepted 28 Oct 1994 , Received 18 Aug 1994

A central "auditory" processing disorder (CAPD) is an auditory perceptual dysfunction that cannot be explained on the basis of peripheral hearing loss. As a concept, CAPD has not been completely validated, and many issues continue to be controversial. A primary issue of concern is whether currently used tests to evaluate CAPD are sensitive to factors that are not of an auditory perceptual nature. In this paper, we consider the case for modality specificity as a criterion for improving the specificity of diagnosing CAPD. Demonstrating the modality-specific nature of sensory processing deficits is one way to rule out nonperceptual factors as explanations for observed dysfunction.

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