To the limit of hearing


French otolaryngologist Alfred Tomatis first systematically investigated the effect on the human psyche sounds of high frequency.

According to his theory, the child floating in the amniotic fluid in utero, hears a lot of sounds that his birth is not accessible - breathing mother beating of her heart, the voice, the sound of the internal organs, etc.

This is due to the fact that in utero child's ears are filled with fluid conducting sound much better than air, in particular, in the fluid is much less high-frequency decay 

For use of their discoveries into practice Tomatis dipped into the bathroom protected film microphones and speakers through which broadcast the work of internal organs of a woman. Thus he modeled sound filtering through the maternal placenta.

On receiving the records most of the spectrum of sounds lying above 8,000 cycles per second. When made this way to give regular recording listen to children with various disabilities - dyslexia, autism, hyperactivity, the changes in behavior and learning were stunning. This high-frequency sound, the theory of Tomatis, evokes a feeling of the most archaic relationship with the mother.

These sounds seem to affect the most ancient and primordial layers of our memory - the bliss of being in the maternal womb, the unity of the mother - and evoke in the listener a sense of wholeness is forgotten.

Research and clinical experience Tomatis led him to conclude that the ear is one of the most important organs that shape human consciousness. Before him, most people, including scientists studying ear, believed that the body has one function - to hear. They did not notice that the hearing - just one aspect of a much larger, dynamic process that involves every cell of the body.

Tomatis discovered that the ear is not just "hear", but the oscillations are perceived them, stimulate the nerves of the inner ear, where the vibrations are converted into electrical impulses, different ways to get to the brain. Some go to the hearing centers, and we perceive as sound. Others create an electrical potential in the cerebellum, which controls complex movements and balance. From there they go to the limbic system, head of our emotions and the release of various biochemical substances, includinghormones that affect our bodies. Electrical potential generated sound is also transmitted to the cerebral cortex, head of the higher functions of consciousness. Thus the sound of "feeds" the brain, and with it, the whole body.

Another discovery Tomatis was a direct link between the range of human hearing, the range of vibrations of his voice and his level of health. - Compare colorless, faint voice sick person and the child's voice ringing joyful! Tomatis has developed a special recording process called "electronic ear". In the process of normal sound alternately cut a high frequency, the low frequency component. When one listens to this record, the muscles of his ear trained by alternately tensing and relaxing, thus expanding the range of hearing, 

There are many documented studies that show, in particular, that the application of this method is enhanced creativity, improved memory and ability to concentrate. Also, there is a significant improvement in the so-called fine-motor skills. As a result, even professional musicians noted significant improvement in their musical technique and virtuosity of execution. Similar results have demonstrated the master of various martial arts and professional racing drivers. Currently, worldwide there are more than 300 centers providing treatment and training to Tomatis method.