Auditory Integration Training (AIT)
Typically when someone goes to see an audiologist to have their hearing tested, the audiologist is checking for signs of hearing loss, which thanks to modern technology and surgical techniques, is often treatable. However, even with no hearing loss, there could be problems with auditory processing that often go untreated.
A French otolaryngologist (ENT) by the name of Guy Bérard recognized problems with hearing that had nothing to do with hearing loss. He wrote about them in his book Audition Égale Comportement, which has been translated into English and published with the title Hearing Equals Behavior.
Building on the work of his predecessor, another French ENT by the name of Alfred Tomatis, Dr. Berard developed a way of using electronically altered music to retrain the ears to hear normally. He found that in the weeks following AIT, as the brain adjusted to the changes in hearing perception, dramatic changes in learning, socialization, and behavior often occurred.
Signs of Hidden Hearing Problems:
The individual has a history of . . .
The individual displays behaviors such as . . .
Berard-style Auditory Integration Training
impairments in auditory discrimination (sound sensitivity and auditory
distortion) associated with a variety of developmental and learning disorders,
including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD),
Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Dyslexia, and Central Auditory
Processing Disorder (CAPD).
The treatment involves listening to special electronically modulated music for two half-hour sessions for ten consecutive days (a break of a day or two is allowed). For quality assurance, it is best to have Berard-Style AIT administered by a trained professional.
Advantages of Using Sound Sense Technology to Provide Berard-Style AIT: