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    What Do Our Ears Do?

    It sounds like a silly question and you will probably already have answered "Allow us to hear of course!" But in fact there’s much more to it than that.

    They also assist us in many other vital areas such as speech, understanding, communication, coordination and balance. They also have a dramatic if little known role in the amount of energy feeding through to the brain. It has been calculated that the brain receives up to 80% of the energy required through the ears!

    Therefore, it follows that if the ear is not functioning to its full potential, neither will we.

    There are many ways in which the performance of the ear can be affected and it's not just the obvious things like ear infections or damage due to loud noises. Over time our bodies can also shut down the ears' various functions in response to stress, illness or emotional trauma, often rooted in early childhood.

    For whatever reason it’s like our subconscious is saying "That's too difficult for me - I don't want to hear it!

    In the extreme of course this may manifest in conditions like deafness or attention disorders. However some other effects like lack of concentration and poor memory are often so gradual that we simply learn to live with things as they are.

    As you are reading this page, your brain is decoding the words into the recognised sounds of language. So if you are not hearing the full range of frequencies, your ability, to read and, conversely, to write, can be affected. This, in a nutshell, is the dysfunction that lies behind Dyslexia.

    Listening Therapy is designed to re-educate the ear to its natural state of proper listening.

    Part of the problem in listening is the malfunction of the muscles of the middle ear. For this reason, treatment focuses on the muscles of the middle car by giving them a work out.

    Although sound and music are involved this is neither Sound nor Music Therapy. Listening Therapy is a unique treatment based on the published life's work of French ENT and Neurological specialist Professor Alfred A Tomatis.

    The therapy is practised in over 200 centres around the world and has been found to help a whole series of conditions, including Autism, Dyslexia, Motor Development Skills, Vertigo, Deafness, Tinnitus, Stress, Depression, Leaning Difficulties, Epilepsy, Stroke Patients, Brain Injury,

    The work is often associated with children, some of whom are treated using the recorded voice of their mother, which is then replayed to the children, using a high frequency filter. This has the effect of making the recorded voice sound, to the child, as it did when the child was in the womb. Often the child has experienced difficulties at birth. The mother's voice tape will ease the subconscious trauma of the birth, over a period of time.

    The other, perhaps more glamorous application has been in the world of music and entertainment. Professional singers benefit tremendously from being able to hear (and therefore sing) a fuller range of frequencies. Famous clients have included Maria Callas, pop singer Sting and French Actor Gerard Depardieux whose was famously cured of the stutter which threatened his career.

    This information pack has been tailored where possible to your particular enquiry and includes a Question and Answer section on the treatment.

    If you would like to book an Initial Assessment please call one of our Listening Centres.

    The initial Assessment will take between 1.5 and 2 hours, costs £60.00 (incl.VAT) and does not commit you to any further involvement. During the assessment, our consultant will be pleased to provide you with full information in respect of the treatment, based on the results of the Listening Test and also be happy to answer any questions that you may have.




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