Is it possible to improve hearing by listening training?

Karen Reuter

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Different listening training methods exist, which are based on the assumption that people can be trained to process incoming sound more effectively. It is often distinguished between the terms hearing (=passive reception of sound) and listening (=active process of tuning in to those sounds we wish to receive). Listening training methods claim to benefit a wide variety of people, e.g. people having learning disabilities, developmental delay or concentration problems. Sound therapists report about improved hearing/ listening curves following listening training programs. No independent research study has confirmed these results using standardized hearing test measures. Dr. Alfred Tomatis, a French ear nose throat doctor, developed the Tomatis listening training in the 1950s. The principles of the Tomatis method are described. A literature review has been conducted to investigate, whether the Tomatis method is based on assumptions, which scientifically hold. The results of the literature study are discussed. A research study is proposed,in which the effects of the Tomatis method on hearing will be investigated using both conventional hearing threshold measurements and objective measures such as otoacoustic emissions.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAcustica United with Acta Acustica
Issue numberSupplement 1
Pages (from-to)S 76
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventForum Acusticum 2011 - Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 27 Jun 20111 Jul 2011
Conference number: 6


ConferenceForum Acusticum 2011


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