We cannot “see” the listening process, we can check it only indirectly – through the presence or absence of skills that are associated with it in one way or another. This checklist offers a catalog of such skills and enables you to independently evaluate the development of listening skills in yourself, your child or your students. It does not have any rating scale. If any of these phenomena are related to you, they may indicate an insufficiently developed listening ability.
The history of development
Knowing these causes is extremely important because it can help you identify and prevent hearing problems in a timely manner:
early estrangement from mother;
retardation of motor development;
delay in the development of language skills;
often recurring infectious diseases of the ear.
This is a hearing that is directed outward. It helps us to perceive the events of the surrounding world, i.e. what happens at home, at work or in the classroom:
lack of fixation of attention;
“Insensitivity” in relation to certain sounds;
misinterpretation of questions;
confusion of words similar in sound;
the need for frequent repetition of individual words or phrases;
inability to execute sequential commands.
This is a local listening that we use to control our voice when we speak or sing:
“Flat” and monotonous voice;
simplified proposal structure;
abuse of stereotypical expressions;
inability to properly intone, sing melodies;
confusion of letters;
poor understanding of the material read;
difficulty reading aloud;
inability to dictate.
The vestibule, which is part of the inner ear, is responsible for balance, coordination and body position. These signs will help identify the presence of vestibular problems:
clumsy, uncoordinated movements;
weak sense of rhythm;
the confusion of the “left” and “right” spaces;
poor physical development.
The ear acts like a generator, supplying us with the energy necessary for a fulfilling life. These phenomena may indicate problems with hearing:
difficulty waking up;
fatigue at the end of the day;
habit to postpone to “later”;
tendency to depression;
feeling burdened by problems.
Behavioral and social adaptation
The causes of the following problems are often hearing problems:
lack of friends;
isolation (tendency to avoid others);
lack of interest in study / work;
negative attitude to study / work.
Listen to Mozart more often
Imagine a completely seemingly incredible situation for Russia. You have come to see a therapist for, say, vegetative-vascular dystonia. Having completed all the necessary examinations, the doctor hands you a prescription. Looking at him, you are dumbfounded, looking at the doctor.
“Mozart,” you mutter. “Mozart” – confirms the doctor. Actually, the recipe says: “Mozart. 2 times a day for 1 hour. ”
“Some kind of nonsense,” you say. Nothing like this. From time immemorial, music has been valued by wise doctors as a healing remedy. In China, for example, you can find music albums in pharmacies – records or cassettes – with the names “Digestion”, “Insomnia”, “Liver”, “Kidneys” … Well, and so on. About the same thing exists in Japan, in India. However, the amazing healing effect of Mozart’s music was recently discovered and has not yet been fully explained. So far, one thing is clear: the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in its healing power significantly surpasses all other musical works. Listen to one of the amazing stories from the life of the famous French actor Gerard Depardieu, who bypassed many Western publications at one time.
Fans of the great French actor, of course, drew attention to the amazing vibrations of his voice. However, it is known that in the mid-60s Gerard was an absolutely tongue-tied young man, not capable of completing a single sentence due to his stuttering. Studying the actor’s work explain the situation with family troubles, personal failures, low self-esteem and problems with getting an education. The only thing that at that time undoubtedly distinguished Depardieu was a passionate desire to become an actor.
Mentor Depardieu on acting skills sent Gerard to Paris to the very famous doctor Alfred Tomatis, MD, who devoted many years to studying the healing effect of music and especially Mozart’s works. Tomatis determined that the cause of voice breakdowns and memory problems in Depardieu lies deeper than his purely physiological difficulties – in the emotional sphere, and promised to help him.