Vestibular dysfunctions in the inner ear can affect all the senses

Other structures in the inner ear receive information about the direction and speed of our head and body when we move rapidly in space, on the diagonal or in circles.”  This is stimulated by gravity. 

Dysfunctions can be:

  1. Overresponsive—avoids light touch, picky eater (taste), prefers no clothes and textile sensitive (clothes, bedding, seams), scents cause feelings of sickness (allergic type reactions)
  2. Underresponsive—does not respond to soothing or painful touch, will often over eat & eat non-food, does not understand hygiene care nor washing of clothes
  3. Sensory seeker—intense, impulsive, continuous touching and smelling and eating

The Connection between Visual, Motor, and Auditory Development

“Proper development of the Auditory and Vestibular System (hair cells in the inner ear) affect proper development of Visual Processing Skills as well as all other senses.”

Auditory Systems—work with the vestibular system to process sensations of movement and sound; “the only sense to begin in the womb.”

Vestibular—“tells us where our body and heads are in relation to the earth’s surface.” Thus, gravity stimulates the nervous systems ability to:

  • Balance and move efficiently (coordination) from the neck, eyes, inner ear, body
  • Detect are we moving or are objects moving

Overcoming Autism by Georgie Thomas

The following information was written by Georgie Thomas and is posted on The Georgiana website, http://www.georgianainstitute.org

“A Memo from Georgie”

“I am officially back out on the circuit speaking at conferences, making myself available again, and selling my book: Overcoming Autism, my version of the story first told in my mother’s book, The Sound of a Miracle, a Child’s Triumph over Autism.  My life before Auditory Integration Training (AIT) is gone into in great detail, as well as the dramatic affects of AIT and how it radically changed my hearing from hyper-acute to normal.  It gives a full account of my sensory experiences as they related to autism, my sense of touch, vision, taste and smell as well as my hearing.

More books written by Annabel Stehli

I encourage you to visit Annabel Stehli’s website http://www.georgianainstitute.org.

“These purchases are considered a donation to the Institute.  It can be claimed as a tax-deductible contribution.  To purchase books, please contact Annabel Stehli, at the Georgiana Institute, 822 Harmony Street, New Orleans, LA 70115 USA and specify the number of copies of each title, your shipping address, and include a personal or corporate check for payment.  Purchases may also be made over the phone (please call (203)994-8215) using a credit card (Visa, Master Charge, or American Express).  Thank you!”

Hearing Equals Behavior by Dr. Guy Berard

This book was written by the otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose and Throat physician) who developed Berard Auditory Integration Training.  This book includes the principles of AIT and a summary of various case histories, complete with copies of individual hearing tests before and after AIT.  This English paperback version was published in 1993, by Keats Publishing, Inc.  This book has recently been updated and may now be purchased through Amazon.

It also includes a chapter on Dr. Berard’s successful AIT treatment of individuals who were suffering from depression (including suicidal depression).  These cases showed impressive improvements following one to three courses of Berard Auditory Integration Training.

What improvements have been reported by teachers, parents and trainees

  • Reduction of hyper-acute and/or painful hearing
  • Less complaints of sounds causing pain or discomfort
  • Reduction in noise or tinnitus in the ear
  • Less startle responses to loud noises
  • More appropriate vocal intensity (volume)
  • More appropriate affect, expression and interaction
  • Easier, more frequent interaction with others, including increased eye contact
  • Improved language discrimination or comprehension
  • Greater interest in verbalization and communication
  • Exhibition of age appropriate behavior
  • Improved academic performance
  • Improvement in social skills
  • Increased comfort level
  • Less impulsivity and restlessness
  • Reduction in distractibility
  • Less lethargy

The In-Home, Berard-Based AIT program

The Moore Auditory Training Method improves more than client’s tolerance to sound; it reshapes their future. Auditory-Visual Training protocols were developed to improve client’s response to auditory integration training and vision therapy.

An individualized In-home, Berard-Based Auditory Integration Training (AIT) program works with your schedule, your needs, and provides the best environment. 

In the USA, AIT is FDA approved as an Educational Intervention Program. Clinical studies found client’s sound intolerance decreased after AIT. Individuals who need AIT often struggle with sound intolerance and expressive speech difficulties; it is unethical through a control study to cause harm.

A Mother’s Story

Ashylyn did not talk much when she was little, and was shy about interacting with people.  By the time she had finished Kindergarten, I could no longer deny Ashylyn’s difficulties.  When she was eight years old I had her tested and she received the diagnosis of Learning Disabilities with severe auditory processing deficits.  She worked with a wonderful educational therapist for many years; however, she continued to struggle in ways I couldn’t understand nor offer solutions to ease them.

The Sound of a Miracle By: Annabel Stehl

The Sound of a Miracle is Annabel Stehli’s riveting story of her daughter Georgiana’s triumphant progress from autistic and functionally retarded to gifted. An intervention called Berard Auditory Integration Training cured Georgiana’s painful hearing, her most distressing symptom, and made it possible for her to emerge from autism, enjoy communication and to excel academically.

Cheri Moore’s Bio

Hello, my name is Cheri Moore. As a special education teacher, I was unprepared for the struggles I encountered as I taught my youngest daughter who was later diagnosed with dyslexia, which affected her ability to process information she heard in addition to difficulty maintaining single, clear vision while attempting to read. I knew something was preventing her from working at her level of intelligence. (I encourage you to read posted article on website, Auditory and Visual Dyslexia.)

Likewise, my son struggled with speech fluency and handwriting. He was later diagnosed with attention deficits with hyperactivity and visual processing depth perception difficulties. (In 2019, I will share research concerning ADHD.)