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:
pregnancy pathology; Continue reading
At the beginning of his career, Tomatis claimed that the fetus, being in the womb, hears and listens to her voice. Scientific research has confirmed this idea, which at the moment is an indisputable truth.
The ear of the embryo begins to fully function in four and a half months. Henry Truby (1) reports that a six-month-old fetus moves its body to the rhythm of mother’s speech. Based on a comprehensive review of the scientific literature, Tomatis (2) concluded that the mother’s voice not only serves as an emotional nutrient for the baby, but also prepares him for the acquisition of language skills after birth.
For this reason, Tomatis suggests using his mother’s voice to reopen the hearing process. A voice is passed through the filters, resembling the sounds that the fetus heard in the uterus. From the reaction of children and adults, it is clear that using the mother’s voice has a strong effect: children often calm down, as if the voice soothes them; Continue reading
Listening, not hearing, is the primary function of the ear. Tomatis draws a clear line between listening and hearing.
Hearing is a passive process; listening is active and it requires us to use our ears in an appropriate way. We can have excellent hearing, but be poor listeners. Many children with learning difficulties or lack of concentration have excellent hearing, but cannot read well or concentrate. Their problem is the inability to listen. As a result, they cannot concentrate and have difficulty reading. If you want to find out if you or your child has a hearing problem, see Paul Madaul’s excellent checklist at the end of this article. Continue reading