Auditory Integration Training
Ask Yourself the Following:
Is your child or teenager:
- Bothered by loud sounds?
Has your child or teenager been diagnosed with:
- Attention Deficit Disorder?
- Auditory Processing Disorder?
- Autism/Aspergers Syndrome?
Does your child or teenager have trouble:
- Following directions?
- Completing school work?
The Roaring Silence
Imagine listening to a constant ringing sound or fingernails scraping on a chalkboard--all day, every day. That's what it's like to be hypersensitive to sound. Auditory hypersensitivity--hyperacusis--can lead to several common conditions that make concentrating and learning more difficult than it needs to be.
For 20% of the population, common sounds such as a blender or vacuum cleaner, silverware banging, a high pitched voice, or clapping, can be sheer torture. This condition, known as hypersensitivity to sound is often undiagnosed and can lead to poor academic performance.
If you're a parent whose child or teenager has been diagnosed with ADD or learning disabilities--including dyslexia or an auditory processing disorder, chances are, you've tried endless interventions to help your child.
What they might really need is the ability to focus their ears and sift through the noise.
Auditory Integration Training (AIT): The Missing Piece
AIT is a non-drug, noninvasive therapy which strengthens and balances the auditory system. This two-week treatment enables a person to sift through the noise and focus on the task at hand for better concentration, enhanced learning and often improved behavior.
"(My child) is verbalizing much more. He is using more multi-word phrases and doesn't tune out as much to his environment. His overall participation...has increased. He is more willing to do motor activities. We feel this program has been very beneficial." --Parent of an autistic child
"My son remains focused and attentive to whatever task or activity he's engaged in. He continues to excel in school. He...continues to make straight "A's". Life is Great! Thank you for AIT, it transformed my child." --Parent of a middle school-aged child with hypersensitivity to sound
"I feel more able to center myself and go to the core of the conversation and stay there. I pick up issues more easily as they pertain to my patients. I am less bothered by the chaos at work. This is a big change taking back my lift." --Professional woman treated for Auditory Processing Disorder
- Developmental Delays.
- Learning disabilities, dyslexia, auditory processing disorders, language impairment.
- Adults, children, and teenagers who want to achieve a competitive edge in business or academics by increasing their focus and improving their concentration.
- Mature individuals who want to enhance and protect their hearing levels.
"At the time of AIT therapy, my son was taking large doses of several medications including Risperdal, Zoloft, Tenex and Adderall. Thanks to your therapy, he no longer takes any of them." --Mother of a teenage boy
"The calmness is noticeable, when I listen to silence it no longer roars. I don't feel hard of hearing anymore. I can listen to loud music and not be irritated." --Adult patient treated for hypersensitivity to sound
"My daughter has benefited greatly from AIT. She started kindergarten in August, and has been highly successful. (Her teachers) say that they have a hard time believing she was ever delayed. I credit AIT for the changes and her great success in kindergarten." --Mother of daughter with developmental delays
How it Works
Sound processing only starts with the ears. Whether your hearing is poor, good, or normal, the brain is an integral part of the auditory system. AIT was designed to normalize the auditory system and change how the brain processes and organizes sounds so they make sense.
The AIT technique was pioneered in France by Dr. Guy Berard, a practicing otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose and Throat physician). Although he originally designed the program to treat hearing loss, Dr. Berard found, through his more than 50 years of clinical practice and study, that distorted auditory processing contributes to many behavioral and learning disorders.
AIT can help these conditions because they are often associated with hearing that is disorganized, erratic, asymmetrical, hypersensitive or otherwise abnormal. Left untreated they can lead to overstimulated, disoriented, or agitated behavior.
Treatment consists of a total of 10 hours administered in two 1/2 hour sessions per day for two weeks. During this time, patients use headphones to listen to music that is programmed through a specialized electronic device. These sounds stimulate the brain by exposing the auditory system to modulation. Removal and re-introduction of every sound frequency from 125 Hz to 20,000 Hz gradually increases the range of frequencies that a hypersensitive person can comfortably tolerate. After treatment, a person who was previously adversely affected by certain sound frequencies is able to filter out distracting noise.
As the owner and operator of a New Mexico-based private practice in Speech & Language Pathology since 1984, Laurie Ross-Brennan holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science degree from the University of New Mexico. She was certified to administer Auditory Integration Training in 1993 by Dr. Guy Berard. She also studied under Kristin Davis in California to become trained in the American version of the AIT program. She has spoken extensively on the subject of autism and AIT, both stateside and internationally. Ross-Brennan has treated patients from all over the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska, and is the only Auditory Integration Training practitioner in New Mexico.