The Center of Audio-Psycho-Phonology is the first Tomatis Center in Greece, and has been in operation in its present address since its inception in 1987. It has been licensed by professor Tomatis himself. The Center applies the Tomatis method in accordance with the specifications and standards of professor Tomatis concerning the diagnostic procedure, sound therapy, as well as the technical equipment (audiometer with the Tomatis norms for the Listening Test, Electronic Ears, microphones, headphones, cabin equipment). The Center functions independently, without any branches, franchises, or other forms of collaborations with other centers.
The Center of Audio-Psycho-Phonology deals with the pathology of listening, in other words, with disorders of auditory analysis and decoding in persons with normal hearing. According to the Tomatis method, there is a crucial difference between hearing and listening. Listening is the ability to use one’s hearing voluntarily and attentively for the purpose of learning and communicating. Listening is therefore a high-level cognitive function that implies the ability to decode, in order to understand what the other person says. It is more than the passive reception of sound, which is hearing and depends on a functioning of the auditory system. A person with normal hearing may not be able to actively listen and understand what the other person says.
The Center is staffed by licensed psychologists of different specializations and by medical doctors. Our external consultants are psychiatrists and otorhinolaryngolosists. We collaborate with health professionals in different areas, because we view the Tomatis method as an important complement for the improvement of their therapeutic work.
The Electronic Ears that we use have been made according to the specifications of professor Tomatis and are fully analog devices. The processing mechanism of our Electronic Ears is fully analog for two reasons: a) the analog mechanism corresponds more closely to the functioning of the human ear, and the specialized brain centers that professor Tomatis called “the integrators”. (b) The output of CD players or other digitized media is converted to analog sound so that it can be listened to, or to be processed by another device. When a digitized sound at a high quality (from a CD player or other digital player) is converted to an analog signal, which is the function of the digital player, it can be processed by an analog Electronic Ear with no degradation of the original, digitized information. When the analog output of a digital player is re-digitized again, there is degradation of the original signal and the device ceases to be effective. When it is processed by an analog Electronic Ear, there is no degradation of information.
The Electronic Ears can be individually programmed in all the parameters of the Tomatis method, based on the Listening Test and in accordance with standard Tomatis practice, in order to achieve maximal cortical charging.
According to Alfred Tomatis, the analog sound has a different effect on the brain than the digital sound. The microphone acts as a sort of transformer that converts natural sound that is transmitted via the air into an electrical signal that is proportional to the perceived sound. This transformation is an analog transformation: a loud sound corresponds to a strong electrical signal, which is then processed electronically. The analog rhythm of the Electronic Ear corresponds to the neurophysiological responses of the human body. Our Electronic Ears are analog processors, in order to ensure the maximal cortical recharge.