FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the Tomatis method used for?
Where does the Tomatis Method come from?
Who is the Tomatis® Method beneficial for?
What is the idea behind the Tomatis® Method?
What is the TalksUp® and Electronic Ear?
Is the Tomatis® Method safe?
What types of changes can I expect to see?
Is Tomatis® used in New Zealand schools?
Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) – can Tomatis® help?
What is the Tomatis method used for?

A Tomatis® programme stimulates the brain in the most natural and gentle way possible using the auditory system. We help business people and toddlers, school children, and the elderly – and everything in between. The ability to listen is fundamental for success, happiness, and wellbeing at any age. Learning new skills is ageless.

Where does the Tomatis Method come from?

The Tomatis® Method was invented by Dr Alfred Tomatis (1920-2001). He was a French ear-nose-throat doctor, surgeon, inventor, and scientist who in the 1950s created a new educational method based on sound. He spent the rest of his life improving the technology and methodology – improvements that continue today and have taken the Tomatis® Method to an even higher level.

Who is the Tomatis® Method beneficial for?

Almost everyone. Many of our clients are children with learning or auditory perception problems. Another group is highly successful and ambitious business men and women who want to increase their performance. The Tomatis® Method is beneficial for (almost) everyone – leaders, career men, and women, people with stress, sleep, listening and learning problems, to speed up personal development, musicality, singing, or learning a foreign language. The Tomatis® Method is about discovering your potential.

What is the idea behind the Tomatis® Method?

The Tomatis® Method uses the natural auditory pathways and the same mechanisms as Mother Nature to stimulate growth and learning. Dr Tomatis realised that the brain is plastic long before it was scientifically proven and developped the method with this in mind.

What is the TalksUp® and Electronic Ear?

The Tomatis® Electronic Ear is the sound processing device Dr Tomatis invented to educate his clients’ ability to listen. Sound is processed in real-time and always new, fresh, and surprising for the auditory system. The full Tomatis® Method never uses recorded music. The technology stimulates learning with new challenges every day. Dr Tomatis’ invention received the Gold Medal for Scientific Research at the World Exhibition in Brussels in 1958.

Today, certified Tomatis® Practitioners around the world use our latest equipment – the TalksUp® – based on the same principles, dynamic filters, and time delays that Dr Tomatis invented. The difference is that the sound quality, range, and filter precision we use today is far better than anything Dr Tomatis had access to. It’s like comparing a HiFi system that is 20 years old with one today. The Tomatis® Method is unique.

Is the Tomatis® Method safe?

Tomatis® is safe. The Tomatis® Method is a natural and non-invasive educational programme that stimulates the brain through soft and gentle music in high-quality headphones with air and bone conduction. Tomatis® is never about loud sounds. Tomatis® stimulates the auditory system with soft, relaxing and joyful sounds to bring about change.

What types of changes can I expect to see?

Tomatis® creates changes that you, at first, may only see a quick glimpse of. Over time literally hundreds of changes will appear and over time become permanent.

What do you want to achieve? Discuss your goals with the Tomatis® Practitioner during the Initial Assessment so they can create and optimise a  Tomatis® programme for you.

To get an idea of the impact of the Tomatis® Method, you can find examples here: Glimpses of change.

Is Tomatis® used in New Zealand schools?

A growing number of schools in New Zealand use the Tomatis® for Education programme to improve learning outcomes. Around the world, 300 schools from Early Childhood Education to University use Tomatis® to improve a variety of skills.

Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) – can Tomatis® help?

We suggest that it may be very beneficial to do Tomatis® as soon as the medical team in charge approve of Tomatis® auditory stimulation. This could be when a person is still in hospital in a coma (Glasgow Coma Scale). Other times, Tomatis® can be used when hospital medical treatment has finished and home rehabilitation started. Our experience, supported by Tomatis® Method research, shows that Speech and Language Therapy, Physio, and Cognitive interventions are enhanced by Tomatis®. It is important to recognise however, that Tomatis® is an educational method that improves learning outcomes and not a medical intervention. Read more here.

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