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Listening & Languages Background

The "Tomatis Effect" is an accepted part of the life sciences. It is especially concerned with the process of language integration, by concentrating on the relationship between speech and hearing. Speech is effectively dependant on the ear, which is itself connected to psychological reactions.

By influencing the listening ability of a person with the aid of a device called the Electronic Ear, Alfred A. Tomatis has shown that it is possible to transform an individual's speech and also his/her mental state. He has clearly demonstrated , by adhering to strict scientific principles, the neurological mechanisms which act on the audio-vocal system.

These different observations have led to an educational approach for resolving learning and communication problems, and relationship difficulties. This is achieved by working on the listening function of the ear, and the role of the ear in controlling voice, language, attention and memory.

Tomatis: The Laws

1. The voice contains only what the ear hears.

2. If one gives the imperfect ear the chance of hearing correctly, the voice instantly and unconsciously improves.

3. It is possible to transform the voice through auditive stimulation over a certain period of time. The Electronic Ear provides this simulation.

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