is a 10 hour auditory intervention. There are 20 supervised
listening sessions of 30 minutes each, completed over 10 or 12
consecutive days. AIT has many
scientific studies. The minimum age recommended is 3
prices in the USA
range from about $1,200 to 2,000. Prices will vary
internationally by county.
provided here is for
Ear Check and Audio Tests for Auditory Integration Training (Berard
Issues and Filtering Protocol
The Ear Check by a medical practitioner should be conducted
within 7 days of starting Berard AIT.
The tympanogram by an audiologist is required in that same
parents may opt to have an Ear
Check and/or the tympanogram performed earlier than 1 week
prior to Berard
AIT in addition to what is done just before Berard
AIT starts if there is concern about recurrent infections, fluid,
wax, or ear drum/middle ear problem.
A child’s Ear Health should be checked again by a medical practitioner
just before the 11th session to assure that the ears are still at
and practitioners alike need to plan for the 10 day session and associated
schedules and logistics. Parents often need some time to prepare children
Tests and checks are ideally scheduled a week prior to Berard
(or under a week - 7 days).
with children who have ear health issues need to fulfill the minimum
requirements and also use their best judgment for timing the ear checks
Hyper-Defensiveness: When children react strongly to medical instruments
used around their ears, obtaining good results with ear checks and
tympanograms can be difficult or impossible. Physicians and audiologists
may be asked to help parents and Berard
AIT Practitioners with judgment calls about ear health and readiness
AIT. The input by such specialists would be based upon children’s
known ear health and/or middle ear function history.
- Please do NOT be
overly concerned if you are the parent of a child who is ineligible
to perform these tests because they are under the age of five OR because
they may have difficulty participating in the audio tests. The tests
may provide valuable information resulting in a tangible benchmark
as to the effects of Berard
but not not essential to it's success.
- Children who are not able to
cooperate with the testing process at their first audiological appointment
may be able to by their midpoint appointment due to the positive effects
Berard AIT Candidacy
most significant information about an individual’s candidacy for Berard
AIT is the participant’s unique, over-all history and current issues of
behavior and learning.
said about testing, still the most significant indicator of Berard AIT
efficacy is in the results that the
Participant experiences in every day life and learning in
the days, weeks, and months following Berard AIT.
hearing loss is indicated by the audiological testing, a Participant will
not be a candidate for Berard
vertical line to the left of the graph shows the levels of
sound that can be heard. The quietest tones are at the top and the
loudest tones are at the bottom. The Berard
AIT audiogram measures the quietest tones that the Participant
horizontal line across the top of the graph shows each of the
frequencies that were tested. The lowest pitch tones are to the left
and the higher pitch tones progress to the right.
want to see a relatively flat line within the 0 to 20 range, indicating
that both ears are hearing each frequency within a normal, comfortable
range. (6000 Hz wanders).
IN THE AUDIO TEST PATTERN: of each ear indicates that the
two ears are working in unison. Conversely, if the pattern in each
is different, hearing may be distorted.
in the negative range (upper portion of graph) illustrate a level
of hearing at a particular frequency that cannot be heard by the average
person. This can cause responses such as difficulty attending,
irritability because it is uncomfortable, difficulty in processing
the other sounds properly, and/or create a state of anxiety for the
in the positive range (lower portion of graph) below 30 indicates
potential hearing loss.
- There are other
tests that are sometimes conducted, but they are not required for Berard
- These tests are
Laterality, Selectivity, Acoustical Reflex, Speech in Quiet and Noise,
and Auditory Speech Reception Threshold tests.
may also at times conduct listening tests to determine Berard
- In such cases,
an audiologist and medical practitioner are still required for the
Ear Checks (pre-AIT and midpoint), the pre-AIT tympanogram,
and for other tests that parents wish to have done.
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