Sound Hypersensitivity (Hyperacute
Hearing) and Auditory Integration
On-line AIT Checklist
an AIT Practitioner reviews
the AIT Checklist
and/or does an assessment,
they discuss the clear signs of hyperacute
and distorted hearing with parents and
They find out if these things have ever been an issue
in a personís life.
A person may no longer cover
the ears, wince or run from sound. But this doesn't mean that hearing is optimal
and undistorted. A child or adult
may pass a hearing test or screening. But this doesnít mean that hearing is
This Is Why...
The ears and the
brain develop a protective mechanism over time in response to pain and
sensory overload. This helps the person escape ongoing discomfort.
Itís a blessing that body is capable of such protective mechanisms.
These adaptations help a person to cope, but important elements of listening
and learning are still not what they could be.
The person with hyperacute
to tune out and to block sound. This compensation comes from the ear
as well as through compensatory adjustments further into the system,
and involves the brainís neural pathways as well.
The stapedius muscle
of the ear is responsible for the acoustic reflex. This reflex
functions constantly and protects the system from bombardment of sound.
Often-times the stapedius muscle itself is weak or too rigid Ė much
like other muscles of the body. The condition of this muscle can also
impact the reflex over time. The neural messages to the brain are also
Imbalances in the
function of the acoustic reflex can even create conditions of hypo sensitivity
- the reflex may cause some sounds to be barely heard, if at all, in
the presence of other sounds. The
muscles of the ear and the auditory nerve fibers and the brain often
do not work at their best.
person who has
ever had any type of auditory issues likely has many types of issues,
- difficulties with filtering
- having difficulty with
- restlessness and impulsivity
- behavior problems
- "melt downs"
- difficulties with speech
- trouble in school or
- learning disabilities
AIT is a sound therapy that allows an auditory system to have greater normalcy
and function, starting by a re-training of the stapedius muscle.
Benefits extend to all nerve fibers, to the vestibular system, and to
the brain. Blood flow is increased. The brain reorganizes as the ear function
is normalized. This brings the auditory system to greater efficiency.
The person feels better and has improved auditory function and reduced
Given all we know is our own
hearing, we donít usually say, or expect a person to say, "I
have hyper/hypo-sensitivity, distorted and inefficient hearing.Ē
Adults assessed for Berard AIT candidacy often tell us,
ďBut I just thought this was normal, I have always heard this way."
changes can positively impacted one's sense of well-being, attention,
and listening skills. Itís easy to see how Berard
AIT will help so many others who are known to have hyperacute
hearing, sound sensitivity
or other auditory issues. Time may bring adaptation, but even the bodyís
miraculous compensatory adjustments are not a solution....AIT is the ten
day, lasting solution!