Auditory-Visual Training

Cheri developed Auditory-Visual Training Protocols to strengthen clients sound tolerance, auditory and visual processing skills within the same year.

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Auditory-Visual Training Protocols

An Auditory-Visual Training Protocols is a step-by-step plan for your Auditory Integration Training program. When visual processing difficulties are diagnosed, Cheri collaborates with your optometrist to optimize the client’s responses to vision therapy and auditory integration training.

Auditory-Visual training protocols are developed using hearing evaluation and visual processing test results.  Most importantly, Cheri works hard to help you maintain progress.

Sadly, the most common cause of hearing loss is damage to inner cochlear hairs from loud sounds. However, damage can also occur to outer cochlear hairs. Cheri request this test.

When there is competing background speech or noise, is it more difficult to listen? 

Interesting Auditory-Visual Facts

Eye movement, middle-ear bone movement, and speech are all motor movements.  When you hear a sound, you instinctively turn your eyes toward the sound. While you look for the source of the sound, you know what you are looking for because you have already labeled the sound.

Interesting Fact

Have you ever wondered why sounds make you look?  Recently, researchers found evidence that what you hear stimulates eye movement milliseconds before your eardrum moves.  Your auditory, visual, and motor neural pathways constantly interact.

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Auditory Integration Training is based on:

  • Comprehensive Hearing Test with the help of Cheri
  • Comprehensive Visual Evaluation
  • Your Moore Auditory-Visual Questionnaire Report
  • An Ear, Nose, and Throat evaluation if never seen by an ENT doctor
  • Medical history
  • Trauma history, injuries
  • Emotional health
  • Academic challenges
Auditory-Visual Protocols strengthen sound tolerance

Sound Intolerance & Auditory Supression

 

 When overstimulated, the brain instinctively suppresses auditory neural pathways. Interesting, this is one of the reasons you find it difficult to hear after you attend a loud rock concert. Your brain created a temporary hearing loss.

Unfortunately, diminished hearing can result in lack of auditory suppression allowing harmful levels of sound to overstimulate the person.

Visual Suppression

Can you imagine having to consciously process information from each eye? That would be emotionally exhausting.  Unfortunately, some children with chronic double vision must figure out which image is real.  When eyes fail to converge and work together, the distance between your eyes and objects constantly fluctuates.

I am still astonished by what I experienced when I unexpectedly loss part of my vision.

Then, I experienced a miracle in my vision loss journey.

Do you or a loved one avoid or dislike an activity like reading or swinging? If so, I recommend you complete a Moore Auditory-Visual Questionnaire.

An Interesting Fact:

The brain copes by suppressing information from the second, less clear image, which arrived milliseconds after the first image.

Learn what to observe and how to observe by purchasing my Moore Auditory-Visual Observation Activity Booklet.

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Why Complete a Moore Auditory-Visual Questionnaire?

Your Moore Auditory-Visual Questionnaire Report helps Cheri request hearing tests not completed during a typical hearing test. Comprehensive hearing evaluations assess:

  • Ear health
  • Mobility of eardrum
  • Middle ear pressure
  • Movement of middle ear bones
  • Hearing acuity of inner cochlear hairs and outer cochlear
  • Ability to tolerate loud sounds

Cheri completes your Test of Auditory-Visual Skills. Then, writes a report referring you to an audiologist based on findings.

Cost

Cheri understands how overwhelming the cost becomes, especially when more than one family member needs help. Cheri provides:

  1. Family discounts
  2. Itemized cost due to individualized needs of each client
  3. Monthly payment plans.
  4. Names of organizations that provide financial help for glasses and hearing aids

Learn more about the cost on the Explanation of Cost page.

Advocacy Help for Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations

Receive help asking for hearing tests not typically completed during a hearing evaluation.

Cheri provides resources and connects you with professionals near your home specializing in your area of concern.

When there is finanacial need, shares resources like the Lion’s Club.

While you wait for your hearing and visual evaluation results, Cheri provides school and workplace accommodation letters. Usually, accommodations decrease stress and anxiety.

If possible, home visits help Cheri observe instinctive responses. Cheri strives to improve emotional health. Hope is powerful in helping us all become motivated to set goals.

Importance of Medical-Based Auditory-Visual Training

Comprehensive Hearing Evaluation Assessments:

  • Ear health
  • Eardrum movement
  • Middle ear pressure
  • Middle ear bone movement
  • Hearing acuity of inner cochlear hairs and outer cochlear
  • Tolerance to loud sounds

Any type of hearing loss from poor ear, nose, and throat health, a medical condition or trauma like a concussion diminishes your hearing.

Resolving medical issues or identifying the need for hearing aids helps you maintain progress after  Auditory Integration Training. 

Comprehensive Visual Evaluation Assessments:

  • Eye health
  • Visual acuity
  • Visual processing skills

Is your visual system strong enough to handle sound stimulation?

Interesting Fact: When your hearing system is under-stimulated, movement is wonderful for your brain. In fact, your hearing system helps you walking with balance; coordinate head, neck, and eye movements needed for driving, reading, and visual-motor coordination.  

Weak Visual Processing Skills Effect Your Auditory System

Sadly, hearing loss creates additional difficulties like weak visual processing skills. 

Have you ever felt the ground move?  

If so, I hope it was temporary. Your inner ear’s vestibular system needs stimulation from sound energy and movement. The vestibular system helps you maintain your balance and move your head without feeling off-balance. 

Brain Development occurs first 26 years of your life.

Strong Auditory-Visual Processing Skills Result in Instinctive Movement

Of significant importance, cognitive development and the maintenance of cognitive skills require strong auditory and visual processing skills.

Normally, people think of children when you talk about their brain development.  

However, your brain needs stimulation from your eyes and ears to maintain strong cognitive processing skills.

Thus, stimulation from your hearing and visual system affects all ages, the young and old.

When there is sound intolerance and hearing loss, clients are able to successfully wear their hearing aids after auditory integration training. Of course, only if they consistently wore their hearing aids.

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.

Are you ready to complete the Moore Auditory-Visual Questionnaire?

Discover what questions to ask and what to observe during visual activities.
Complete the questionnaire to receive your Auditory-Visual Report.