Hearing therapy of A. Tomatis
About 40 years ago, the French otolaryngologist Alfred Tomatis made some amazing discoveries that spurred the development of the Tomatis method. This method has various names: “auditory training”, “auditory arousal” or “auditory therapy”. Its goal is to re-educate a person in the listening process, which improves the ability to learn and learn languages, sociability, increases creativity and positively affects the individual’s social behavior.
The Tomatis method has helped thousands of children suffering from auditory problems, speech disorders, attention deficit disorders (DKV), autism, as well as those suffering from motor and motor function disorders. His discoveries helped to fight depression in adults, learn foreign languages faster, overcome communication difficulties, and increase creativity and working capacity.
Many musicians, singers and actors were able to improve their own professional skills using the Tomatis method. Finally, many report positive psychological changes, such as gaining self-confidence, increasing energy levels, greater clarity of thinking and a sense of well-being.
Today, the Tomatis method is used in more than 250 centers around the world. They employ specialists in the field of psychology, medicine, education, occupational therapy and music.
Over the years, Dr. Tomatis has developed a rather complicated theory, which is based on the interaction of auditory perception with the voice. This brief review can only outline some of the basic ideas in the Tomatis theory. We can only hope that one day his work will be translated by domestic specialists, because they explain in detail the basics of the method and the principles of its work. A significant number of scientific developments and practical studies confirm the effectiveness of this method (see below). In addition, the clinical results obtained by medical practitioners prove that the Tomatis method works.
When we think about our ears, we usually focus on the listening process. This, of course, is the most obvious function, but in addition to listening, the ear performs several other important functions that need to be considered. All of them are taken into account in the Tomatis method. One of the most important functions of the ear is vestibular. The lobby, takes part in controlling the balance, coordination of movements, muscle tone and muscles of our eyes. Thanks to the lobby, we are able to navigate in the surrounding area. The lobby is also an important transmitter of sensory information from our body to the brain. Children who have vestibular problems often have difficulty transmitting sensory information.
Another part of the inner ear is the cochlea, which serves as a sound analyzer, which is especially important for understanding speech. The vestibule and the cochlea are connected and act as a relay station between the nervous system and the brain, which is responsible for transmitting all sensory information. Tactile, visual and auditory signals pass through the lobby and the cochlea, but according to the Tomatis theory, the functions of the ear are not exhausted.
Tomatis also draws our attention to the fact that high-frequency sounds excite the brain, while low-frequency sounds, on the contrary, contribute to the leakage of energy. For this reason, he calls high-frequency sounds “charging sounds” and believes that sounds with a low frequency most often bore us. They cause vibration of the internal organs, activating the semicircular channels of the lobby. If these sounds continue to flow over time, they have a negative effect on the entire body. This effect can be easily observed in people listening to heavy music (rap or rock). On the other hand, the works of Mozart or Bach have the exact opposite effect.
Tomatis notes that when our brain is “well charged”, we can achieve greater concentration and concentration, organize, memorize, learn and work for long periods of time with almost no stress. When the brain is “well charged”, a person does not lack the energy necessary for creation, the work of imagination and creativity. Most children or adults with good ear for music receive a lot of “sound energy” and rarely experience a lack of strength or a feeling of depression. Hyperactive children who are constantly moving can “charge” their brain through vestibular actions. People whose brain is not sufficiently “charged” probably, they may not be ready for the problems that our rapidly developing society poses to them.