Due to the brain’s plasticity, which is the brain’s natural ability to change itself, auditory processing can be improved. Using “The Listening Program”, the brain is taught through the appropriate Auditory Stimulation provided with the right frequency (how often), intensity (how much), and duration (how long). Learning is the process of the brain changing.
To have good auditory skills, learners need:
- Auditory discrimination-To distinguish between sounds or words that are similar or different in the way they sound.
- Auditory Closure-To fill in the missing pieces of sounds or words.
- Auditory anticipation-To expect what sound is coming next.
- Auditory Temporal Processing-To analyze the timing and pattern of sounds.
- Auditory Memory-To sequence sounds, words, or other meaningful combinations. To receive, store, process, and recall auditory information.
- Auditory Cohesion-To understand the meaning, abstraction, and intention of verbal communication and music
- Auditory Figure Ground-To perceive speech or other sound when other competing sounds are present.
- Auditory Scene Analysis-To separate sounds when a large mixture of sounds is present.
Tomatis identified numerous functional capabilities of the ear; all of these relate to specific Auditory Processing abilities or to vestibular function:
- Process sound without distortion
- Discriminate between higher and lower frequencies of sound
- Perceive spatial origin of sounds
- Attend to sounds we want to hear and tune out ones we don’t want
- Stimulate the brain with sensory input
- Integrate sensory information from muscle movement
- Establish good balance/equilibrium
- Distortion (tone, loudness, temporal, spatial)
Tomatis reported on these other discoveries as well:
- Our ears send stimuli to our brain, keeping it alert and in good shape so it works optimally.
- Our ears control our balance and coordination as well as all the muscles of our bodies, including the muscles of our eyes.
- Our ears control the quality of our speech; we speak and sing with our ears.
- Even our skin and bones receive and transmit sound.
- The cochlea in the vestibule enables humans to rise, stand, and walk. It also allows us to speak. Babies start talking when they begin rising to their feet.
- Different functional abilities are available with ranges of sound frequencies with our ears.
- The Tomatis Effect- There is a clear link between the ear and the voice; if we don’t hear a sound well, we cannot reproduce it accurately.
- The ear controls the muscles of the eyes.
- We can have excellent hearing, but it is of little use if we do not have the desire to hear.
- You will sing out of tune if your perception of high-frequency sounds is not very good.
- Listening therapy is sufficiently intensive to bring about a permanent and profound change.
- If you can listen efficiently, you can memorize easily.
- Poor posture often correlates with learning difficulties; poor posture indicates auditory processing problems.
- Posture will improve significantly and one will stand erect with listening therapy. This change in posture relates to improvement in school work.
- The vestibule, which is the oldest part of the inner ear, controls balance, coordination, and muscle tone.
- There is not a single muscle in the body that is not controlled by the vestibule.
- Some adults never have heard their own voice until experiencing listening therapy.
- There is a big difference between listening and hearing. Listening is hard and it requires attention and it can be unpleasant at times. Hearing is passive and requires no investment from us.
- Attention and concentration (Add/ADHD)
- Listening (Auditory Processing)
- Physical balance and coordination
- Vocal performance and musical ability
For more information about Auditory Processing or to set up an appointment for screening, call us (303) 993-4648.
AUDITORY PROCESSING: What You Need To Know
About Your Hearing and Listening Abilities
Do you find that you often need directions or information repeated, misunderstand spoken information, directions or questions, are easily distracted by background noises, or find some sounds to be uncomfortable or painful?
Believe it or not, you may have perfect hearing but struggle when it comes to auditory processing. Prescription For Success often works with students who struggle with what is called Auditory Processing Disorder. Auditory Processing Disorder is where auditory information is processed incorrectly within the brain.
Hearing has been defined as one’s passive ability to use the ear to sense sound. Listening is one’s active ability to use both the auditory ear and ear of the body, along with related body systems, to tune in to important input and tune out that which is unimportant, for receptive and expressive purposes. Auditory processing involves both hearing and listening and is simply defined as what the brain does with what it hears
When one suffers from Auditory Processing Disorder, this means that they may have some of the following symptoms:
- Has poor auditory sequential memory
- Has trouble with Auditory Discrimination skills
- Difficulties with Math concepts
- Has difficulty listening and paying attention
- Difficulties with reading
- Difficulties with speaking skills
- Frequently asks “huh?” or “what?”
- Is unorganized or forgetful
There are various causes of Auditory Processing problems:
- Early ear infections (Otitis media)
- Organic and traumatic brain injury
- Malformed corpus callosum (brain part)
- Ototoxins and Neurotoxins
- Noise is a risk factor for abnormal development
One of the best methods our center deploys to address Auditory Processing Disorders is through “The Listening Program” developed by Advanced Brain Technologies. Unlike other costly programs that make you go to authorized centers for approximately 30 hours, “The Listening Program” is an affordable program that can be implemented within our center or in the privacy of your home. “The Listening Program” is based on another program called the Auditory Stimulation. Dr. Alfred Tomatis, a well respected French ENT doctor, 1920-2001, pioneered the field of Auditory Stimulation. The Listening Program uses Tomatis’s schemes, shown below, as a framework for helping link Music-Based Auditory Stimulation with a listener’s problems/concerns.
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Claudette & Perry Anderson