Berard AIT is a procedure which enhances aspects of hearing perception, by listening to modulated music that helps to normalise hearing and sharpen listening skills.
Dr. Guy Berard from Annecy, France, an Otorhinolaryngologist (Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist), developed AIT for his own hearing problems. He had Tinnitus, an uncomfortable ringing in the ears, and he was told that he was losing his hearing. He worked with dr. Tomatis and found his program too long – resulting in him designing his own electronic device. In practice he worked mainly with LD and Dyslexic children.
Auditory Integration Training (AIT) reduces the degree of acoustic sensory distortions and increases the client’s ability to interact with his or her physical world. The novelty of the listening gives the neural circuitry a physical synaptic workout.
Berard AIT aids the ear structures, as well as the processing of the sounds in the brain. The middle ear structures are given a work-out through the sound vibrations of the music. The vestibular system is also stimulated. (The vestibular apparatus affects balance, coordination and proprioception.) These behavioural responses also affect the small muscles that control eye movements, as well as how erect we hold ourselves, how we walk and how we integrate input.
An individual’s hearing might be asymmetrical, erratic, hypersensitive or disorganized.
Distortions in hearing can sometimes be a significant contributing factor in the folowing conditions:
Thirty years of clinical work, research and follow-up of more than 8 000 auditory cases, verifies following:
frequencies. This is associated with many behaviour and learning problems, including hyperactivity and
and an amelioration of the behaviour or learning problem.
Three-quarters of the cases showed very positive results and the remainder demonstrated noticeable partial improvement. None failed to show some benefit.
Two more “emotionally” based problems related to hearing dysfunction:
after 2-3 courses.
Berard AIT Procedure
Berard AIT Normalises:
AIT was designed to normalize the entire auditory system, of which the brain is a crucial part. The training is thus also aimed at changing the way the brain processes and organizes input received from the ears.
The entire brain and spinal cord can be instantaneously activated by a loud sound. Berard AIT works on a wide variety of problems, because of the rich interconnections between the ear and the brain stem, the cerebellum and the higher cortical centers. The pathways in the brain through which the sound stimulation travels determines some of the benefits that the person may derive.
Berard AIT consists of three Listening Profiles and a series of 20 half-hour listening sessions.
Dynamic music with a wide range of frequencies is processed through a system of filters in the AIT device – the Earducator or the Audiokinetron.
Randomized frequencies mobilize and exercise the muscles that control the three ossicles of the middle ear.
This will determine if there are frequencies for which the client is hypersensitive and will be filtered out for the training duration.
The training is structured as follows:
Any necessary changes to the filters on the electronic device is done at this stage.
Some behavioural changes may be seen within a few weeks of training. Other behavioural changes involve a learning and re-organization process and will generally become evident over the course of three to six months. It can take up to a year for all behavioural changes and benefits to become evident.
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