Listening Fitness:

image“Your ear needs a workout too!”

Listening takes muscles!

Yes, that’s what I said. Now repeat it out loud: “Listening takes muscles.”

You heard that right!

Your ears have a very important job. They funnel and filter sound into your brain, and tell you where your body is in space.

The little bones that beat your eardrum are attached to little muscles in your middle ear that learn when and what to transmit by habit. That’s right. Neuroplasticity is a fancy word for “habit.”

If the work those little muscles do gets interrupted for some reason, they get out of shape!  This means more work for your brain and that can quickly tire the rest of your body.

But there’s a way to get your listening muscles back in shape!

Listening to music that frequently and unexpectedly changes frequency gives your listening muscles a wonderful workout. With daily repetition, you’ll have happier ears in three weeks.

Happy ears mean quicker eyes, a clearer voice, better posture and coordination, a longer attention span and a calm, alert disposition.

Sounds like a happier person!

Why didn’t anyone tell you this before? Well, Alfred Tomatis told us, but not everyone was listening.

He was a French ear, nose and throat doctor, who tried to figure out why opera singers like his dad started to lose their range. 

It turns out, their voices were desensitizing their hearing at certain over-used frequencies. Their voices were wearing out their ears!

He also discovered why French monks who stopped chanting were getting sick. They weren’t getting enough frequency stimulation! When they started singing again, their health and vitality returned.

Tomatis invented a listening machine so anyone could recover or improve the range of frequencies their middle ear muscles could handle, by listening to:

– Mozart to work the muscles out,

– monks chanting, to relax them,

– and the sound of their own, or their mother’s voice, to help the muscles remember what’s really important.

Why Mozart?

Mozart is pretty special.

Mozart used a lot of frequencies in his music because he learned to sing and play before he could speak!

Most other composers relied on the frequencies that prevailed in their mother tongue. Not Mozart! His music is full of surprises.

Tomatis called his listening machine the Electronic Ear, and he used it to exaggerate the frequency changes already in the Mozart recordings. Over three weeks, someone using the machine will gradually listen to the higher and highest frequencies in the music, and then come back down the “mountain of sound” to listen to everything.

But to make the workout really stick, they spend a second three weeks doing this while also listening to the sound of their own voice over a microphone. After three weeks of humming, chanting and talking, they begin hearing and using their voice in a new way.

Ria went to Toronto to learn to use the Electronic Ear at the Listening Centre, where people have been doing this since 1978.

She brought a unit home, to bring listening fitness to you!

Call her at 902-220-5173 for a free assessment.