Definition of Disorder, central auditory processing

Disorder, central auditory processing: A condition in which there is an inability to differentiate, recognize or understand sounds while both the hearing and intelligence are normal.

(In technical terms, a central auditory processing disorder is a disease of the auditory pathways from the bulbar cochlear nuclei to the auditory cortex in the temporal lobe. Structures involved in such a disorder may include the medial and lateral lemnisci, inferior colliculus, and the medial geniculate nucleus.)


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