Is Central Auditory Processing Disorder Present in Psychosis? Purpose The scope of this study was to trace central auditory processing issues in patients with first-episode psychosis using a psychoacoustic test battery approach. Method Patients (n = 17) and volunteer control subjects (n = 17) with no personal or family history of schizophrenia were included in the ... Research Article
Research Article  |   December 01, 2013
Is Central Auditory Processing Disorder Present in Psychosis?
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Vasiliki (Vivian) Iliadou
    Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Kalliopi Apalla
    Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Stergios Kaprinis
    Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Ioannis Nimatoudis
    Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • George Kaprinis
    Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Apostolos Iacovides
    Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.×
  • Correspondence to Vasiliki (Vivian) Iliadou: viliad@auth.gr
  • Editor: Larry Humes
    Editor: Larry Humes×
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Hearing & Speech Perception / Hearing Disorders / Language Disorders / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Research Articles
Research Article   |   December 01, 2013
Is Central Auditory Processing Disorder Present in Psychosis?
American Journal of Audiology, December 2013, Vol. 22, 201-208. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2013/12-0073)
History: Received November 27, 2012 , Revised February 19, 2013 , Accepted March 5, 2013
 
American Journal of Audiology, December 2013, Vol. 22, 201-208. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2013/12-0073)
History: Received November 27, 2012; Revised February 19, 2013; Accepted March 5, 2013
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Purpose The scope of this study was to trace central auditory processing issues in patients with first-episode psychosis using a psychoacoustic test battery approach.

Method Patients (n = 17) and volunteer control subjects (n = 17) with no personal or family history of schizophrenia were included in the study on the basis of normal hearing sensitivity. The authors implemented a central auditory processing battery consisting of monaural and binaural tests with verbal and nonverbal stimuli.

Results Perceptual deficits in both nonverbal and verbal auditory stimuli are reported in this study, with temporal central auditory processing deficits and a mean left-ear advantage documented in the patient group.

Conclusion This study points to the possibility of the existence of central auditory processing deficits in first-episode psychosis leading to schizophrenia. Audiologists should be aware of the psychiatric research pointing to enhanced verbal memory as a result of auditory training, linking bottom-up remediation with top-down improvement.

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