The Tomatis Method
The Tomatis Method® is named after its inventor, Dr. Alfred A. Tomatis,
psychologist, physician and ENT specialist, who spent over fifty years
redefining the ear’s extraordinary significance to human development.
The Method was developed through extensive clinical research that focused
on the vast array of psychological and social factors that bear on listening,
including the family system and emotional background.
In the course of his research Dr. Tomatis substantiated that the faculty
of listening is closely related to the capacity for learning and the ability
Listening, which serves auditory comprehension, as viewing serves visual
comprehension, is defined as using the ear consciously for the purpose
With this in mind, it is important to remember that the faculties of hearing
and listening should not be confused. For instance, the analytic capacity
of the ear may be distorted – thus making it inoperable at the listening
level – while auditory accuracy is fully maintained. The listening
function of the ear is an active process while the hearing function is
a more passive process.
Therefore, it is misleading to assimilate auditory comprehension with
the simple perception of sounds. In fact, the ear assumes three principal
- The Energising Function
The human ear can be compared to a dynamo which provides the brain with
energy and thus requires stimulation.
- The Vestibule Function
The human ear plays an important role in posture and balance control
and influences a large part of the muscular system of the body.
- The Auditory Function
The perception of sounds.
If the performance of one or more of the above functions is not optimal
we observe closely interlinked dysfunctions.
Dr. Tomatis believed that most of the problems related to listening originate
from early experiences and that from conception forward we shut out those
frequencies that correspond to disturbing/traumatic occurrences e.g. difficulties
during pregnancy/birth, parental and/or social prohibitions, fear, anxiety
In order to optimise the functional listening capacities and/or to remedy
certain dysfunctions of the ear, Dr. Tomatis developed a listening training
device called the ‘electronic ear’ which makes it possible
to re-educate the human ear with regard to its listening function.
The Tomatis Method® is used to enhance the listening process for adults,
teenagers or children who have problems related to: communication, socialisation,
psychological (relationships, anxiety/depression, stress), overwork, exhaustion,
self confidence, memory, concentration, motivation, energy, creativity.