What Is Auditory Integration Training?
Auditory Integration Training (AIT) was Developed by Dr. Berard to Rehabilitate Disorders of the Auditory System.
Auditory Integration Training (AIT) was developed by Dr. Guy Berard, a practicing Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose, and Throat or ENT physician) in Annecy, France. Dr. Berard discovered that AIT rehabilitated disorders of the auditory system, such as hearing distortion (hyper-acute or asymmetrical hearing) and strengthening auditory pathways weakened by hearing loss.
ILS Integrated Listening programs were developed to calm the nervous system, improve feelings of safety. The Safe and Sound protocols improve tolerance. The Focus Program was develop to improve the strength of the hearing system to improve attention, and thus, learning. Case studies with pre and post test of Central Auditory Processing Skills show improvements. The equipment is unique, because I can adjust how much stimulation occurs through the middle ear and through the skull bones. Headphones have a special bone stimulation feature that can be turned off and then gradually increased dependent on each individual’s needs.
Cheri uses the Moore Auditory-Visual Questionnaire and comprehensive hearing test results to determine which program is most beneficial for the clients.
Dr. Berard Discovered that Disorders of the Auditory System Contributed to Behavioral or Learning Disorders
After more than 30 years of clinical practice and study, Dr. Berard determined that distortions in hearing or auditory processing difficulties often contributed to behavioral or learning disorders.
Dr. Berard successfully improved tolerance to sounds for individuals diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), sensory issues, autism, dyslexia, hyperactivity, learning disabilities (LD), language impairments, pervasive developmental disorders (PDD), central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), hearing loss, attention deficit disorder (ADD), and depression.
In a majority of Dr. Berard’s cases, Auditory Integration Training significantly reduced some difficulties associated with the above list of diagnosis like improved tolerance to sounds and phonemic sound recognition. The principles of Auditory Integration Training and a summary of various case histories, complete with copies of individual hearing tests before and after AIT, are presented in Dr. Berard’s book, Hearing Equals Behavior which was published in France in 1982. A revised edition was published in 2011, co-authored by Sally Brocket (ISBN # 978-0-615-474526.
Auditory Integration Training Stimulates the Brain using Filtered Sounds Specific to Individuals’ Hearing Test Results
Berard AIT is the only auditory training program individualized for each person based on their hearing evaluation using tests not normally completed during a routine hearing exam. Auditory Integration Training was designed to stimulate the brain, utilizing the brain’s ability to change how sounds are processed in the brain using safe listening levels and randomly presented filtered sounds specific to an individual’s hearing test results. Today this process is referred to as Brain Plasticity. Every effort is made to ensure clients are able to benefit from Auditory Integration Training and maintain progress through follow-up with clients as long as there are concerns.
Individuals with the above-mentioned disorders often have hearing that is disorganized, asymmetrical, hypersensitive or otherwise dysfunctional. Research is now showing that individuals with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder have a high risk for different types of
hearing loss not normally tested.
Improvements Reported by Teachers, Parents, and Trainees After Completion of Berard Auditory Integration Training
- Reduction of hyper-acute and/or painful hearing
- Fewer complaints of sounds causing pain or discomfort
- Looks forward to leaving
- Reduction in tinnitus (sounds in the ear when it is quiet)
- More appropriate vocal intensity (volume) & social interactions
- Improved speech fluency, vocabulary use
- Improved academic performance (If vision therapy is provided when needed)
- Less impulsivity, restlessness, distractibility, lethargy, irritability
- Increased independence and self-esteem
Research Shows Improvements After Completion of Berard Auditory Integration Training
- Evoked potentials tracking auditory neural pathway activity
- Stronger auditory responses
- Decreased behaviors in participants
- Less hyperactivity
- Less irritable
- Fewer repetitive actions
Findings supported earlier research by Edelson and Rimland. 1990’s – 3 Double-
- Decreased negative behaviors
- Improved tolerance to sounds
- Stronger P-3 Brain wave activity (auditory processing)
1) Sokhadze, E.M., Casanova, M.F., Tasman, A., and Brockett, S. (2016). Electrophysiological and behavioral outcomes of Berard auditory integration training (AIT) in children with
2) Edelson, S.M., Arin, D., Bauman, M.B., Lukas, S.E., Rudy, J.H., Sholar, M., and Rimland, B. (1999). Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 14, 73-81.
3) Rimland, B., and Edelson, S.M. (1996). Auditory integration training: A pilot study. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 25, 61-70.
4) Rimland, B., and Edelson, S.M. (1994). The effects of auditory integration training in autism. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 5, 16-24.
FDA Statement On AIT
“Auditory Integration Training remediates impairments in auditory discrimination (sound sensitivity and auditory distortion) associated with Autism, Learning Disabilities, and related disorders – ADD, ADHD, CAPD (Central Auditory Processing Deficits), SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder), Dyslexia.“
Adding Vision Therapy Improves Responses Even Further!
Cheri Moore’s desire to improve clients’ emotional response during AIT resulted in the discovery of a high rate of co-existing visual processing difficulties with sound intolerance, with or without a hearing loss. After some clients experienced increased visual processing difficulties during AIT, like chronic double vision, Cheri Moore collaborated with optometrists specializing in vision therapy to track client’s progress.
Moore Auditory-Visual Training (MAIT) has resulted in improved responses to auditory integration training and vision therapy.