French otolaryngologist Alfred Tomatis was the first to systematically investigate the influence of high-frequency sounds on the human psyche.
According to his theory, the child, floating in amniotic fluid during the period of fetal development, hears a lot of sounds that are inaccessible to him after birth — the mother’s breath, her heartbeat, voice, noise from the work of internal organs, etc.
This is due to the fact that during the period of fetal development, the child’s ears are filled with a liquid that conducts sound much better than air; in particular, the liquid is much less attenuate high-frequency Continue reading
The function of hearing
Hearing, not hearing, is the primary function of the ear. Tomatis draws a clear line between hearing and hearing.
Hearing is a passive process; listening is active and it requires us to use our ears in an appropriate way. We can have excellent hearing, but poor listeners. Many children who have learning difficulties or lack concentration have excellent hearing, but cannot read well or concentrate. Their problem is their inability to listen. As a result, they cannot concentrate and have difficulty reading. If you want to find out whether you or your child has problems with hearing, see the excellent checklist of Paul Madaule at the end of this article. Continue reading