People for Exceptional Progress


Hidden Hearing Problems

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 . . . 

  • Ear infections
  • Diagnosed speech or language difficulties
  • Inconsistent performance
Complains of loud or uncomfortable noises – seeks to get away or minimize them
  • Covers ears
  • Runs from sound
  • Cries in response to certain sounds
  • Avoid noisy, crowded group situations

The individual displays behaviors such as . . .

  • Distracted by random or background noises
  • Poor or slow response to verbal instructions
  • Demonstrates poor attention; tunes out or attention drifts
  • Learns better through other channels (visual, physical prompts)
  • Hears certain sounds before other people
  • Has difficulty finding the exact words to express themselves
  • Poor auditory comprehension
Located in the Albany, NY area, People for Exceptional Progress is a provider of Berard Style Auditory Integration Training using Sound Sense technology.  We also provide Fast ForWord® products from Scientific Learning and remedial reading services.  We can help people with a variety of disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder  (ADHD), as well as dyslexia and Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD).  We refer people to other providers as needed for services such as Vision Therapy or Relationship Development Intervention.