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Controversies in Central Auditory Processing Disorder

Edited by: Anthony T. Cacace, Dennis J. McFarland
Foreword by: Robert F. Burkard, PhD
550 pages, Illustrated (B/W), Hardcover, 7 x 10"
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In the foreword, Dr. Robert Burkard states, "If you are looking for a clinical cookbook on how to diagnose and treat those with (central) auditory processing disorders (CAPD), you should not read this book. This book is much less than a clinical cookbook, and much, much more." Featuring contributions from a stellar team of expert contributors in the areas of audiology, psychology, anatomy, neuroscience, imaging science, and epidemiology, this new book addresses major controversies in the field of auditory processing and its disorders. The contributors consider a range of topics including the history of the field, contemporary anatomical models, auditory processing streams, neuroplasticity, professional models, modality specificity, music perception and its disorders, speech recognition, aging, educational outcomes, tinnitus, and auditory neuropathy.


  • Ryan McCreery, MS (Boys Town National Research Hospital), Doody's Review Service (2009):
    "This is an excellent encapsulation of the current state of research into the assessment of auditory preocessing disorders."

  • Tony Sirimanna (Great Ormond Street Hospital, London), Community Ear and Hearing Health (2009):
    "This is a very interesting and timely text with a group of diverse authors, collectively providing a comprehensive coverage of this subject that has attracted significant and renewed interest over the last few years. ... An excellent book for those interested in APD to read and certainly worth having a copy for personal use."

  • A. Banerjee, Journal of Laryngology and Otology (2009):
    "A very interesting book ... Chapters are not limited to topics directly related to central auditory processing disorder but address multiple clinical entities including auditory neuropathy, specific learning difficulties and tinnitus."

  • Annette Hurley, PhD, CCC-A, Otology & Neurotology (2010):
    "This text is an excellent encapsulation of the current state of research in CAPD. Overall, this text encourages thoughtful consideration of contemporary and future trends in CAPD. ... It will be of interest to every clinician and researcher who has an interest in auditory processing."

  • #, Doody's (2015):
    ""Named to Doody's Core Titles in the Health Sciences 2015 list""

  • Foreword
    Robert F. Burkard, Ph.D.
  • The Concept of Auditory Processing Disorder
    A Brief History
    James F. Jerger, Ph.D.
  • Organization of the Central Auditory Pathways in Nonhuman Primates and Humans
    Troy A. Hackett, Ph.D.
  • Speech and Auditory Processing in the Cortex: Evidence from Functional Neuroimaging
    Frank Eisner, Ph.D. and Sophie K. Scott, Ph.D.
  • Cortical Processing Streams and Central Auditory Plasticity
    Josef Rauschecker, Ph.D., Sc.D.
  • Imaging Gray Matter Structure in Living Humans: Implications for Understanding Auditory Processing
    Jennifer Melcher, Ph.D.
  • Models of Central Auditory Processing Abilities and Disorders
    Dennis J. McFarland, Ph.D. and Anthony T. Cacace, Ph.D.
  • Challenges in CAPD: An Epidemiological Perspective
    Karen J. Cruickshanks, Ph.D.
  • Issues in the Assessment of Auditory Processing in Older Adults
    Larry E. Humes
  • Speech-in-Noise Measures as Necessary Components of Routine Audiological Evaluations and Auditory Processing Disorder Evaluations
    Richard H. Wilson, Ph.D. and Rachel McArdle, Ph.D.
  • Controversies in Standardization of Auditory Processing Tests
    Robert W. Keith, Ph.D.
  • Putting the Auditory Processing Back into Auditory Processing Disorder in Children
    Justin Cowan, Ph.D., Stuart Rosen, Ph.D., and David R. Moore, Ph.D.
  • Modality Specificity and Auditory Processing Disorders
    Dennis J. McFarland, Ph.D. and Anthony T. Cacace, Ph.D
  • Associations Between Auditory Abilities, Reading, and Other Language Skills in Children and Adults
    Charles S. Watson, Ph.D. and Gary R. Kidd, Ph.D.
  • Music Perception and Recognition Disorders
    Simone Della Balla, Ph.D.
  • The Dynamic Brainstem: Implications for Auditory Processing Disorder
    Karen Banai, Ph.D. and Nina Kraus, Ph.D.
  • Tinnitus as a Central Auditory Processing Disorder
    Dirk De Ridder, M.D., Ph.D., Tomas Menovsky, M.D., Ph.D., and Paul H. Van de Heyning, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Auditory Neuropathy: Bridging the Gap Between Basic Science and Current Clinical Concerns
    Anthony T. Cacace, Ph.D. and Robert H. Burkard, Ph.D.
  • Index

About The Editors

Anthony T. Cacace

Anthony T. Cacace, PhD, is an audiologist and research professor of communication sciences and disorders at Wayne State University. He was staff scientist at the Advanced Imaging Center, the Neurosciences Institute, Department of Neurology, and was director of oto-neurological research in the Division of Otolaryngology at Albany Medical College before transitioning to Wayne State University. Dr. Cacace's interests include auditory processing disorders, psychoacoustics, electroacoustics (otoacoustic emissions, middle ear power reflectance), electrophysiology, neuroimaging, and tinnitus.

Dennis J. McFarland

Dennis J. McFarland, PhD is a psychologist and senior research scientist in the Laboratory of Nervous System Disorders at the Wadsworth Center, New York State Health Department. He has studied behavioral effects of viruses and environmental toxicants on the nervous system and is currently involved in the Brain-to-Computer interface project.


Charles S. Watson

David R. Moore

Dirk De Ridder

Frank Eisner

Gary R. Kidd

James Jerger

Jennifer Melcher

Josef Rauschecker

Justin Cowan

Karen Banai

Karen J. Cruickshanks

Larry E. Humes

Nina Kraus

Paul H. Van de Heyning

Rachel McArdle

Richard H. Wilson

Robert H. Burkard, PhD

Robert W. Keith

Simone Della Balla

Sophie K. Scott

Stuart Rosen

Tomas Menovsky

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