Medical Definition of Auditory disease, central

Auditory disease, central: A condition in which there is an inability to differentiate, recognize or understand sounds while both the hearing and intelligence are normal. The problem is "central" as regards the auditory pathways.

(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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