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NEP Neuro Ear Programming

The Tomatis Method

Why do we offer Neuro Ear Programming?

New Discoveries

For many years, I have been searching for ways to help those clients whose pain were too much to face or too guarded that one cannot be consciously in touch. Sometimes it will take a long time for the breakthrough of the therapy to happen. Then, I have found the Solisten version of the Tomatis treatment which helps people to make the necessary changes easier and to reduce the intensity of their pain. It also helps clients to focus, regain energy, relieve worry and depression, improve their ability to read, open up to people and free childhood blockages in a way that deepens and energizes their psychotherapeutic work. In addition, many of the people I have worked with from a variety of circumstances, benefited immensely and have found the Tomatis program healing, transforming, and that it opens a pathway to new potentials.

NEP is a combination of Tomatis listening program and Tomatis listening test together with left right brain exercise, balance board training, and drawings.

The Tomatis Method

Why Tomatis?

Dr. Alfred Tomatis is considered the father of all the sound programs available today. many other sound training programs claim to be "Tomatis based," only the original Tomatis® and the new Solisten® Training Program, come from the work of Dr. Alfred A. Tomatis (1920 - 2001). Dr. Tomatis, a French Ear, Nose and Throat physician, pioneered a multi-disciplinary science called Audio-Psycho-Phonology (APP) over 50 years ago. His work resulted from his curiosity about the influence of the human ear on a healthy mind and body. Tomatis noted that language learning for a fetus begins in the womb with a

mother's voice. He concluded that overall human health sources in the ear. He developed, researched and proved his theory: the voice only contains what the ear can hear. His theory was independently confirmed at the Sorbonne in 1957 and became known as the Tomatis Effect. He developed two corollaries to his theory:

  1. If hearing is modified, the voice is immediately and unconsciously modified. 

  2. It is possible to durably transform phonation when auditory stimulation is maintained over a certain time (the law of duration or remanence).

Dr. Tomatis’ Electronic Ear provides the well-known Tomatis Effect which surpasses the other sound training programs that speak to aspects of Dr. Tomatis' work. It is a combination of audiology, acoustics, neuropsychology, psychology and physics to provide a complete treatment for children, adolescents and adults with autism, learning difficulties, ADHD, ADD, low mood swings, anxiety disorders, sensory and motor integration problems and other behavioral issues. Children, Adolescents and Adults whose auditory perception is disrupted may cause effortful listening and slow auditory processing; and professionals who may suffer from anxiety, over-stress, and burnt-out feelings may benefit from this NEP program. Tomatis' work has been established in international markets for over 50 years and in the United States market for over 25 years.​​

Hearing is the passive reception of sound while listening is the active participation in what one hears. It is possible to have good hearing, but poor listening. Dr. Tomatis found that by improving your listening, you can improve your day-to-day functioning in many areas.

The ear plays a unique and critical role in our daily living. The positive effects of good listening are far-reaching and are based on key physiological understandings, which have become known over the last few decades. ​

Listening vs Hearing 

The Tomatis Effect

A New Understanding of the Ear

Listening vs. Hearing

The Tomatis Method is based on a new understanding of the ear which draws a critical distinction between listening and hearing. Listening is a high level cognitive function connecting the ear to a healthy brain.

At first glance, it appears as if our ears, our eyes and inner ear (balance) work independently – and that they have their own discreet neurological pathways that co-ordinate or manages each individual function.

This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Each of these three systems talks to and receives information from the other two systems at all times. The elaborate communication system between these three major senses must be coordinated smoothly and efficiently for optimal functioning to occur. This communication is achieved through what is called an integrated system: auditory, visual and vestibular (balance).

Given these 3 functions, one can see how important the vestibular system is to our sense of balance, our posture and muscle development, and the eye tracking ability required for learning.

Tomatis proved, and we now understand, that if you change the ear, you affect all of the body's major organs. These changes, in turn, can produce revolutionary changes in how we function. People of all ages can imagine new possibilities, expand their capabilities, and realize their dreams.

The purpose of the Tomatis Method is to determine how a person's listening is interrupted or distorted, thus causing certain behaviors; and then to re-organize one's listening to bring ease of learning and living.

movement, listening, and visual stimulation

Balance, Posture and Eye Movement

The 3 systems are vital to our ability to learn, pay attention, process information, and coordinate movement. As these 3 systems are so interrelated, “exercising” them simultaneously is a holistic approach which requires the brain to become better at integrating multi-sensory information. We are essentially re-training the brain to become more efficient and effective, and in the process strengthening neural connections to improve performance.

NEP programs stimulate cerebellar activity to strengthen neural connections and, in the process, improve our ability to make skills such as reading, writing, spelling, etc. automatic.

neuroplasticity

At a time when the idea of plasticity of the brain was in its infancy, Dr. Tomatis discovered that it was possible to retrain and improve the processing of sound by the brain stem and cortex using filtered music (i.e. music with certain frequency ranges removed or enhanced) and the sudden and random alteration to the pitch or tone of the music (‘gating’).

Can we change the functionality of the brain?

Yes, the ability of the brain to change is known as neuroplasticity (also called brain plasticity, or brain malleability). It is the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life.  For example, if one hemisphere of the brain is damaged, the intact hemisphere may take over some of its functions. The brain compensates for damage in effect by reorganizing and forming new connections between intact neurons. In order to reconnect, the neurons need to be stimulated through activity. The same is true for parts of the brain compensating for injury or disease.

NEP improves your⋯

More Specifics on the Tomatis Effect

1. Ears + Eyes Coordination: Your ears collect sounds, which provide critically important stimulation for the brain. They also integrate sensory information from muscle movement. An example of this is when your eyes automatically move towards an unexpected sound. 

3. Relay stations to the brain: The vestibular and cochlear systems, located in the inner ear, work together to relay sensory input to the brain. They play a key role in our ability to integrate our senses, and their successful interaction is essential for language development, sensory processing and motor function.

5. Selectivity:  Helps us to distinguish between letters that sound alike. Those who struggle with the difference between a “p” and “b”, or a “t” and “d” are at a disadvantage in reading, spelling and writing.

We read with our eyes and ears. Reading requires the ears and eyes to work together synchronously. As your eyes move from letter to letter your ear (cochlea) translates each letter into a sound. The vestibular system coordinates the eye movements and aids the synchronicity of the eyes and ears.

2. Brain Energy: Sound waves entering the outer ear are transformed into electrical impulses in the inner ear and sent to the brain; those impulses provide energy to the brain and influence our ability to focus and sustain attention. (Brain scans show, for example, that children with AD/HD lack ‘energy’ in key parts of the brain for attention and focus.)

4. Pitch discrimination (Selectivity): Further on, (in the colliculus), processing influences the ability to recognize the relationship between high and lower tones and the integration of sound with other sensory information (e.g that coming from the eyes). This ability to differentiate a higher from a lower tone is critical to distinguishing between a question and statement, and determining the tone of speech. Those with poor selectivity often cannot hear the tone and therefore the meaning.

6. Automaticity: The cerebellum, which lies immediately above the brain stem, has long been known to control the rhythm and timing of movement. The vestibular system and the cerebellum constantly interact to give expression to the rhythm and timing of complex movements.

Movement + Filtered Music:  Movement, through the interaction of the vestibular system and cerebellum, maximizes the consolidation and integration of gains achieved in auditory retraining.

Tomatis Listening Program is precisely to restore these two auditory muscles to their full working ability so as to remove these mechanisms of inhibition and reactivate a full listening potential.

How does the Tomatis Method affect Listening?

Tomatis Listening is a system which take advantages of and reactivates the strategies involved in perceptive organization and in the management of one's sound environment which the brain is normally able to use when listening is undisturbed.

Listening was disturbed when ⋯

There is a dysfunction of the two muscles located in the middle ear whose role is to enable the precise and harmonious integration of acoustic information into the inner ear, and from there to the brain. This can happen when there is a trauma, accident, ear infection, sudden loud noise. shock...

 

When the brain is disturbed, it will put in place a system of protection, triggering mechanisms which inhibit listening.

Many areas of human function can improve with NEP through this non-invasive sound training program including sensory integration, attention, focus, memory, expressive and receptive language, motor control, self esteem, posture, daily ablutions, social interactions, the musical ear, and clarity of thought to name a few. Individuals find they have renewed energy and are less worried or anxious in their daily lives. 

Successful Outcomes:

For children and youth with following issues:

  • Learning Difficulties 

  • Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity 

  • Autism

  • Asperger Syndrome

  • Easily Distracted

  • Not interested in learning

  • Memories problems

  • Behavior problems

  • Speech problems

  • Difficulties to recall accurately what was said

  • Difficulties in motor planning and motor coordination

For adults with following issues:

  • Chronic or Acute traumatic experiences

  • Unstable mood or melancholic

  • Depression

  • Easily nervous

  • Often repress emotions 

  • Often having temper outburst

  • Easily worry

  • Imbalance Sensory integration

Children Successful Outcome

Autism Peter Jennings ABCNews Valerie Dejean Spectrum Center

Testimony of a father - Tomatis® method

Pregnancy 

Tomatis in the womb

Prognancy and the Tomatis Method 

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