home listening tomatis
there is much debate amongst professionals as to the virtues and uses of the tomatis method. this method was developed by alfred tomatis in the 1950's and has used in many successful cases to treat a variety of speech conditions, to help foreign language learning and to rectify behavioral problems. even though the testimonials of the many different people that have been helped by the method should serve as proof, experts in the field are still skeptical. while the tomatis method was originally only available in special centers, new developments have brought about the home listening tomatis method.
but the new advances such as home listening tomatis aside, the question of how the method works is probably of more importance at the moment. according to its creator, alfred tomatis, there exists a relationship between the ear and the voice of an individual. the method is based on a so-called pedagogy of listening that allows a person to learn to communicate more effectively by learning how to listen more effectively. the method is based upon three main laws:
" the voice can only make the sounds that the ears hear.
" if the way a person listens is changes so too will the voice change. this change occurs immediately but unconsciously.
" it is possible to change the sounds of the voice by a sustained auditory stimulus.
these laws are based on a number of assumptions on how the human brain works, processes information and stores the information.
the tomatis method can only be applied at registered and certified centers where professionals in the method are able to take care of the patients. the advent of a home listening tomatis system may make this unnecessary but that remains to be seen. a central part of the tomatis method is the electronic ear. the ear uses a complex system of filters and functions that regulate time and a number of other processes that are beyond the scope of this simple explanation. suffice to say that the electronic ear is used to stimulate a person's desire to listen. this, in turn, stimulates, according to the method, a person's desire to communicate. the electronic ear is a sensitive and complex device that uses very specific sonic stimuli. these stimuli come from all phases of listening from the liquid medium to full adulthood. the sensitivity and complexity of the procedure may be one of the severe limiting factors to a home listening tomatis system.
considering the wide range of fields that the tomatis method can be used in, it is clear to see why a home listening tomatis system would be preferable. at the current time the method can only be applied at a number of centers across the entire world. while there are quite a few centers, they are limited in their capacity and location. a home listening tomatis system could bring the treatment home and make it more accessible. this article simply gives a general introduction to the tomatis method and is not to be considered a full explanation of the method and its practices. for more information, either on the home listening tomatis system or the tomatis method itself, it would be a good idea to contact the professionals in the field.