Tomatis

THE TOMATIS METHOD

This method was invented fifty years ago by Dr. Alfred Tomatis, a French Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist. He was treating people with hearing damage caused by noise and noticed that they also had motor, speech, and learning problems. Our Founder Dr. Sidlauskas trained with Dr. Tomatis and brought the method to North America in the 1960’s.

The aim of the Tomatis Method is to improve the auditory system. People who can hear sounds may not be able to take in the full spectrum of these sounds, which means they might find it difficult to listen properly. This is of significance to children in a classroom. According to Dr. Tomatis this happens when inner ear muscles are not working properly and through auditory stimulation it is possible to retrain the muscles of the inner ear so that it can function without distortion.

Dr. Tomatis believed that the ear has several functions:

  • The initial purpose of the ear is to help grow the brain of the unborn child. Hearing is the first sense to be developed; when the foetus is only a few months old, the foetus can hear its mother's voice in the womb.
  • After birth, the ear's role is to energise the neo-cortex of the brain. If there is malfunction of the ear, the nervous system won't be able to digest information, which could damage communication, expression, and social behaviour.
  • The inner ear controls muscles, balance, and co-ordination. It is an important relay for all sensory information that our body sends to our brain since touch, vision, and hearing are all interpreted through our vestibular-cochlear system (the part of the inner ear concerned with balance and body orientation). The ear also plays a significant role in speech as it controls the voice and the voice produces only what the ear can hear.
  • Hearing and listening are not the same thing: hearing is a passive attitude whereas listening is an active one. This can be seen in children with attention deficit: these children usually find it difficult to read and concentrate and although they have very good hearing, their listening capabilities are very poor.

The tools used by the therapists are:

  • A small electronic device (Solisten)
  • Special headphones which enable sound to be transmitted directly to the bones, since we hear first through the bones in the ears and then the muscles.
  • A microphone
  • The Tomatis Method is based on sound stimulation. High frequency sounds like those in classical music, have a positive effect on the central nervous system; individuals will feel more energised, they will concentrate better, learn better, and will feel calmer at the same time. Low-frequency sounds have the opposite effects.

    The sounds played include music (Mozart and Gregorian Chant) and speech, which is filtered to produce high frequency sounds.

    Each intensive treatment consists of:

    13 days of 2 hours a day of listening followed by 4 weeks off. Three intensive sessions of 13 days each are required to achieve the full benefit of the programme.

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