How does The Tomatis® Method work?

The Tomatis® Method


The Tomatis® Method was developed by Dr Alfred A Tomatis (1920–2001) based on his research during half a century. His inventions include the Tomatis® Electronic Ear and the Tomatis® Listening Test.

The Tomatis® Method is structured and well-defined auditory stimulation that uses classical music–mainly Mozart and Gregorian Chant–and the human voice to re-train and re-activate neural pathways via bone and air transmitted sound.

It is a natural, non-invasive, drug free and joyful training programme designed to enhance existing abilities and overcome listening-related problems. It works for both adults and children and has many application areas. Tomatis® New Zealand has expertise to cover them all.

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Tomatis® Technology


The Tomatis® Electronic Ear trains the ear and brain to process sensory information. Its unique features include the gating, a switching mechanism in which up to six dynamic and passive filters–three working on sound transmission via air conduction and three on bone conduction–and a system of time delays where parameters determine at what precise moment switching between the filters occurs. The result is a seemingly random flow of surprising and novel sound combinations that both physically exercise the middle ear muscles and create a vast array of brain activity.

The Tomatis® Listening Test measures Tomatis listening ability instead of hearing (which is measured with an audiometer by an audiologist or hearing specialist). The Listening Test is a powerful tool that helps Certified Tomatis® Consultants and Tomatis® Level 2 Practitioners to create a customised Tomatis® training programme.

Technical development ranging from real time digital signal analysis, sound processing and transmission, and high quality bone conduction to new manufacturing techniques, has made it possible to further advance the Tomatis® Method and produce even more consistent, predictable and lasting results: The Tomatis® Method is the Gold Standard in listening training.


Tomatis® Listening Programme


Today in New Zealand, we work with the latest and most advanced Tomatis® equipment. This means that you can benefit from the full Tomatis® Effect even at home. A complete training program consists of 60 to 90 hours divided into intensive training blocks of 20 to 30 hours. After each block, there is a pause of 4 to 8 weeks for sensory integration. We recommend a maximum of two hours of training per day: usually one hour in the morning or afternoon, and one hour in the evening.

A training program is easy to follow and does not require any special attention: You start the machine loaded with your personal program and put on the special headphones. Children can play, lay puzzles, paint, or even do some homework while listening and it is possible to talk and interact. Adults and teenagers often prefer to doze off in a comfortable chair. The music of Mozart and Gregorian chant is agreeable to listen to and even small children with a history of hypersensitivity to sound find relief in the Tomatis® music; at last they find nourishment for either an over-charged or under-stimulated brain. Even small children feel the difference very quickly. This is not ordinary music!

Before and after each intensive you will meet with your Certified Tomatis® Consultant or Tomatis® Practitioner for a Tomatis® Listening Test and/or a consultation to monitor progress and adjust the training programme for the next phase.


Tomatis® Initial Assessment


A Tomatis® Initial Assessment consists of a Tomatis® Listening Test and/or a consultation with the collection of background information including general health.

Additional tests and questionnaires are used to measure an array of parameters such as stress level, and physical, emotional and intellectual performance including attention, fine and gross motor skills, reading and writing, spelling, voice, anxiety, behaviour and social interaction. The answers are used to establish a baseline and to follow-up on results.

The overall purpose of a Tomatis® Initial Assessment is to:

1. Evaluate auditory processing according to the Tomatis® Method.
2. Explain the effect auditory processing problems may have on overall social, emotional, physical and intellectual performance.
3. Determine if a Tomatis® Training Programme is likely to help achieve your goals.

An Initial Assessment is required before enrolling to the program. The cost for an Initial Assessment depends on the amount of work involved. The fee may vary between Certified Tomatis® Consultants and Tomatis® Practitioners.

After the Tomatis® Initial Assessment you will know what is achievable and the recommended path ahead.

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