Dr A. A. Tomatis



alfred-tomatisThe Tomatis® Method of sound training was developed by Dr Alfred A. Tomatis, a French physicist, researcher and inventor.

Alfred Tomatis was born in Nice on January 1, 1920 and died in Carcassone at Christmas 2001. A Doctor of Medicine from the University of Paris, he specialised in ear, nose and throat medicine and speech therapy.

Dr Tomatis devoted most of his professional life to observe and research the ability to listen and its influence on a healthy body and mind. He was especially fascinated by the relationship between the ear and the voice.

In 1947, when Alfred Tomatis first started his research in the fields of audiology and phonology, he discovered the close connections between the ear, the voice and the nervous system. This lead to the formulation of three laws known as “The Tomatis Effect”. His research was acknowledged and made official in 1957 by the Academy of Science and Medicine in Paris.

Dr Tomatis Three Laws:

  1. The voice can only reproduce the frequencies [sounds] that the ear can hear.
  2. By restoring the ear’s ability to hear, the voice immediately and unconsciously re-introduces the missing frequencies.
  3. If the change in hearing is maintained long enough [by means of the Electronic Ear], it is possible to change audition and phonation [voice] permanently.

The Tomatis® Effect is the foundation for the methodology of listening training that Dr Tomatis developed. His Electronic Ear and Listening Test System constitute the technical inventions that make the Tomatis® Method possible to use and reproduce with lasting results.

Many of Dr Tomatis theories on hearing and listening, and the impact of auditory processing on learning were controversial at the time. He claimed, for example, that the fetus can hear in the womb and that sound has an organising effect on the developing brain. Nowadays there is massive support for these theories thanks to the recent advances of neuroscience.

Dr Tomatis’ awards and honors include:

  • Knight of Public Health (1951)
  • Gold Medal for Scientific Research, Brussels World Exhibition (1958)
  • Grand Medal of Vermeil from the City of Paris (1962)
  • Isaure Clemence Price (1967)
  • Gold Medal of Society of Arts, Sciences and Letters (1968)
  • Commander’s Cultural and Artistic Merit (1970)
  • Medal of Honor Society for Promoting Arts and Letters (1992).