COMPANION

Ear and Hearing

These articles all deal with the relevance of Alfred A. Tomatis’ work to the Alexander Technique. Tomatis (1920–2001) claimed that vocal problems were really hearing problems, that a number of auditory communication problems begin in pregnancy, that the whole body is involved in the production of speech and language, and that his method (which includes listening to recordings by Mozart and Gregorian Chant) addresses diverse disorders including auditory processing problems, dyslexia, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, autism, and sensory processing and motor-skill difficulties. It is asserted that there is a link between hearing and balance, coordination and uprightness, because of the close connection between the hearing and the balance organs.[1]

Articles

  • ‘The use of the ear’ by Rafaele Joudry; on Alfred Tomatis’ Sound Therapy, a method for re-educating our ear’s functioning.[2]
  • ‘The generous voice’ by Kate Kelly-Tanguay; on Dr Alfred A. Tomatis and his work on sound and hearing, and the influence of voice and sound on our own body.[3]
  • ‘The ear and the Alexander Technique: Sound is movement’ by Kay Hogan is a detailed introduction to Tomatis’ theories.[4]
  • ‘Appreciation for Tomatis’ by Kathryn Miranda is a tribute, from personal experience, to Tomatis’ work.[5]
References

[2] ‘The use of the ear’ by Rafaele Joudry in Direction vol. 2, no. 3 edited by Jeremy Chance (Fyncot Pty Ltd., 1995), pp. 23–25.
[3] ‘The generous voice’ by Kate Kelly-Tanguay in The Congress Papers 2004, Exploring the Principles edited by Anne Oppenheimer (STATBooks, 2005), pp. 170–87.
[4] ‘The ear and the Alexander Technique: Sound is movement’ by Kay Hogan in AmSAT News issue no. 70 (Spring 2006), pp. 22–24.
[5] ‘Appreciation for Tomatis’ by Kathryn Miranda in AmSAT News issue no. 70 (Spring 2006), p. 24.