The Tomatis Method
Dr Tomatis was a French ear, nose, and throat doctor who pioneered the fields of sound therapy and auditory stimulation. On the basis of his research in 1960, Dr Tomatis made a distinction between hearing and listening and emphasized the interconnections of the ear, brain, and body.
Hearing, as a function of the ear, is the passive reception of sound, whereas listening, as a function of the brain, is the active participation in what one hears. Someone may have good hearing, yet may be a poor listener. The ear plays a unique and critical role in our day-to-day lives, and if sensory information transmitted by the ear is misinterpreted by the brain, listening is disrupted. Dysfunctional listening can result from a difficult pregnancy or birth, early childhood colds and illnesses, accidents, living near loud sounds, emotional trauma, and many other experiences that alter how a person processes sounds. Whenever this dysfunction occurs, the brain orders the ear to function less efficiently, which then compounds the dysfunction. A variety of problems are associated with dysfunctional listening, such as mistaking certain sounds made during verbal exchanges as aggressive, lack of comprehension, difficulties with concentration, learning difficulties, and so on.
Based on more than 30 clinical and scientific studies, thousand of testimonies, and the work of 600 trained professionals from all over the world, The TOMATIS® Method products are designed to help students in 3 specific areas.
- Dynamism, Attention and Concentration span at school
- Learning and language disabilities
- Foreign language integration
The system used in the TOMATIS® METHOD product is called Electronic Gating. Gating works on the principle of perceptual contrast of music causes the brain to work in such a way that triggers auditory attention. This process which enables a person to regain the use of and even to improve the auditory strategies used by the brain when listening is not disturbed.
In addition, headphones are also equipped with unique bone conduction technology. Bone conduction sends the sound to the brain through vibration, a split second before the ear receives it by the speakers. Thanks to this system, the brain is able to anticipate the sound, and can thus better analyze it.
After listening sessions, the brain will be able to replicate the work done with the help of the listening program.