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Dr. Guy Berard,
now deceased, was an accomplished Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) medical
doctor of Annecy, France for over 40 years. Dr. Guy Berard
is the original inventor of Auditory
initially developed Auditory Integration Training to treat conductive
hearing loss. The Berard
AIT method is an effective way to changing hearing thresholds
and perceptions by a non-pharmaceutical approach.
He developed the much more
efficient and highly successful Berard
AIT method, based upon the contemporary
work of Dr.
Dr. Berard treated
over 8,000 clients in his long career.
His amazing book (now out of print, but well worth
Equals Behavior" documents the results from clients
coming to his own medical practice.
Excerpts from his book "Hearing Equals
Behavior" by Guy Berard, MD
“It is obvious that people who cannot hear well will
experience difficulties in many aspects of life, and particularly that
children who cannot hear clearly what the teacher is saying will be at a
great disadvantage in school. In my practice as an otorolaryngologist -
an ear, nose and throat specialist - I worked with many children whose
hearing problems were affecting their schoolwork, and came to see two
One was that there was
a direct rather than an indirect connection between poor hearing and
disruptive classroom behavior. That is, it is a common assumption that
the child who can’t hear well becomes frustrated and bored, and because
of this boredom and frustration “acts up.” There is something to
that, of course, but it became clear to me in the course of my work that
hearing problems had a much more direct effect on behavior, and later
work and tests confirmed this.
The other major
discovery concerned the nature of the hearing problems affecting
behavior. Traditionally, hearing is regarded as ranging from “good” to
“bad,” from being “able to hear a pin drop” to being extremely “hard of
hearing,” and hearing function tests are performed from this point of
view. However, it became evident that there were variations in hearing
dysfunction, and that either abnormal sensitivity or abnormal
insensitivity to certain frequencies - rates of vibration - of sound
waves, independently of overall hearing ability, were clearly
associated with many behavior and learning problems, including
hyperactivity and dyslexia.
I devised a technique of auditory training, in
effect a “reeducation” of the hearing mechanism, which in almost every
case brought about the normalization of the response to the frequencies
involved-and, almost always, the amelioration of the behavior or
Berard Writes About Treating
His Own Deafness With AIT
"When I was treating my own deafness,
more than 40 years ago with the
Tomatis device under the direction of Tomatis himself, there were
absolutely no rules, neither for me nor for the other patients. Each
session could last 1, 2, or 3 hours, and this could be everyday, every 2
days, every week, 2 or 3 times a day, for a total of 50, 100, 150, 300
After I built my first
Auditory Integration Training device,
and because of the lack of uniformity with
Tomatis's method, I decided to
determine the best way to obtain the optimal results, in the minimum
amount of time, while considering the various aspects of the problem.
Yet, I was always concerned with the efficiency."
proceeded to undergo his own treatment with
Dr. Alfred Tomatis. His own
hearing loss was stopped and even reversed by using this method of
Dr. Berard then began research to improve the process
in the interest of efficiency and advancement of this
method and. He thus researched and developed his device called the
Audiokinetron which was used
successfully for years for Berard AIT.
Quote From Dr. Guy
"To claim to have cured hyperactivity or dyslexia, widely regarded as
"emotional" or "mental" conditions, simply by training the ear to be
either more or less responsive to particular sound frequencies seems, on
the face of it, implausible and extravagant.
However, thirty years of
clinical work, research and follow-up on more than
2,100 patients and study of more than
8,000 auditory cases, verifies the claim.
Of the 1,850 learning/behavior problems patients,
three-quarters showed very positive results
and the remainder demonstrated noticeable partial improvement;
none failed to show some benefit."
Below are the clinical outcomes, reproduced from Dr. Berard's
clinical practice and documented in his book"Hearing
Number of Ear, Nose and
Throat Clients Dr. Guy Berard Treated in Total
Number Assessed as LIKELY
to Benefit from Auditory Integration Training
Presenting with Dyslexia
Very Positive Results
Noticeable Partial Improvement
Presenting with Depression
and Suicidal Tendencies