The therapy is constantly being improved
After using the therapy according to Tomatis for 35 years it is impossible to stagnate into passivity and to be satisfied with what has been achieved. Building on the theories and the scientific bases of the inventor Jozef Vervoort and his team always try to make the listening therapy even more effective. Changed technological possibilities, the use of brain mapping, the development of the Brain Activator and additional programming configurations as well as positive feedback from parents and patients alike during treatment are the key elements for the success of the therapy. Much of the research and development work takes place in the sister institute, the Mozart Brain Lab.
The Brain Activator
At an early stage Jozef Vervoort began to consider improving the Electronic Ear, which was developed by Professor Tomatis in the second half of the 1950s, and to adapt it according to his own ideas. Out of this came the Brain Activator. He pressed ahead with his ambitious project, first with two Belgian technicians at the Technical University, then with German partners. Trained therapists from Europe, China, South Africa, the USA and Canada also work with these devices at the Mozart Brain Lab.
The Brain Activator combines all the possibilities of the Electronic Ear according to Tomatis; but it also offers additional adjustment possibilities, enabling new special programmes to be created for auditive cortical stimulation. These can, in turn, be compared with the change in the operation of the cortex in the brain map and lead to new findings, which can be incorporated into the APP.
The new device is also more effective in the application of the method. The results for children and adults are unexpectedly good, both with regard to late intellectual or psychomotor development, personality disorders, as well as the treatment of reduced brain function as a result of trauma or diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.
Improved sound sources
Music by Mozart, Gregorian chant and the recorded voice of a child’s own mother have long been played back on high quality DAT recorders. One of the disadvantages of these devices is that the tapes only had a limited lifetime and the devices often had to be adjusted in the workshop. So new possibilities were tried out. Experiments were carried out with new electronic devices and music on CDs, with a higher resolution of 24 bits/48 KHz. Even initial successful experiments with 24 bits/96 KHz on DVD were carried out in-house. The principal source of music was the hard disk recorder Masterlink9600 by Alesis.
Jozef Vervoort and Prof. Martien de Voigt (Netherlands), both trained APP therapists, together with the neurologist Dr Werner van den Bergh (Belgium) published an article in the Journal of Neurotherapy, vol. 11 (4), 2007 claiming that it was possible to objectivize the improvements achieved with four patients by the Audio-Psycho-Phonology of Tomatis with EEG-based brain maps and by means of evolved potentials.