FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the Tomatis® Method used for?
How does the Tomatis® Method work?
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?
Can Tomatis® help someone with autism?
Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) – can Tomatis® help?
I’ve seen somebody advertise their business as “based on Tomatis”. What does this mean?
What education does a Tomatis® Practitioner have?
Why does Tomatis® improve motor skills and balance?
How does Tomatis® affect speech and language disorders?
Why does Tomatis® have an impact on our well-being?
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.

How does the Tomatis® Method work?

Have you ever tried to get someone’s attention by clapping your hands? To get somebody’s attention, you need an element of surprise to cut through the “noise”. The brain is very sensitive to changes in the environment and most of all UNPREDICTABLE changes. Tomatis® auditory retraining uses unpredictable changes in music processed in real-time (not recordings) to gradually improve your ability to focus and pay attention. For children and adults alike.

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.

Can Tomatis® help someone with autism?

People with autism are not ill or broken, they simply have a unique view of the world. Tomatis® helps with sensory integration which can provide relief and make a huge difference to anyone autistic. Watch the video in this Facebook-link to get a feel for what autism can be like. https://fb.watch/7kwRtBJGR8/

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.

I’ve seen somebody advertise their business as “based on Tomatis”. What does this mean?

The truth is that anyone can claim their work with music is “based on” Dr Tomatis® work or refer to the “Tomatis ideal listening curve”, or refer to Tomatis® Method research. He was the undisputed pioneer. Everything associated with sound therapy is “based on” his work. 

So far, no other sound stimulation method has been able to recreate the Tomatis® Method, nor its results. 

Sadly it happens that clients have been led to believe they have done a Tomatis® programme or a Tomatis® Listening Test when they have experienced nothing of the sort.

The Tomatis® Method continues to develop and is more effective today than ever before thanks to advances in both methodology and technology.

Only Tomatis® Practitioners listed on this site and on tomatis.com, have access to the Tomatis® equipment and are duly certified to use the method. Look for the Tomatis® logo on their equipment and documentation!

What education does a Tomatis® Practitioner have?

The Tomatis® Professional education is a postgraduate education consisting of a series of certification courses (Level 1, 2, 3 and 4) for experienced therapists, teachers, or healthcare practitioners who want to incorporate Tomatis® in their work. 

They must pass an admittance test before and an examination at the end of each course to be certified. At least six months’ practice is also required to advance to the next level.

In New Zealand, many Tomatis® Practitioners are teachers and remedial tutors. In the US and in South Africa, Tomatis® is used widely by Occupational Therapists, in Poland by Speech and Language Therapists, in Japan by foreign language teachers, in Russia by neuropsychologists, in Sweden for stress prevention and rehabilitation etc. The Tomatis® Method has a great many application areas.

Read more about the next Level 1 certification course. 

Why does Tomatis® improve motor skills and balance?

The ear does more than receive sounds. It regulates your balance, rhythm and coordination. Try covering one ear while walking and you will see that your balance is affected! 

Balance depends on the vestibule, a part of the inner ear that informs the brain of the tiniest body movements. The vestibule also controls posture and makes sure you don’t fall over. 

The Tomatis® Method works to calibrate and re-train the vestibule to integrate its function with other parts of the brain. As a result, movements become less un-coordinated and instead more fluid and better organised. This is why Tomatis® has beneficial effects on various motor disorders — even without physical exercises — and for the elderly.

How does Tomatis® affect speech and language disorders?

Have you noticed that your voice changes when you are overcome by emotions? This is because the Auditory Feedback Loop is disrupted. When this happens, your brain is unable to analyse, correct, and control your voice while speaking (in “real time”). 

Re-activating the audio-vocal loop is a fundamental part of the Tomatis® Method for speech and language disorders. 

A well functioning audio-vocal loop improves auditory discrimination, phonological awareness, and integration of rhythm — necessary for accurate speech and language.

Why does Tomatis® have an impact on our well-being?

Over 80% of sensory stimulation comes from our ears. Whether you’re awake or asleep, your ears are constantly bombarding your brain with stimuli.

Our ears need stimulation to energise the brain and activate the body. Sound and music play a vital role for our personal well-being. The richer the music is in high frequency harmonics, the more energy it provides. And it makes us happy!

This is why many elderly, because of deteriorating hearing, feel sad and listless.

Tomatis® often uses high frequency Mozart violin concertos with the added dynamic filters and Gating® that are unique for the Tomatis® Method — to provide lasting results in energy and well-being

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