© 2017 Julian Metter, Ph.D.

Auditory Integration Training  (AIT)

AIT is a ten day program that uses specially modulated music to reduce sensitivity and  improve focus, attention and emotional equilibrium. AIT appears to work by creating a random pattern of sound stimulation that helps  the structures of the middle and inner ear to become more flexible and responsive. 

Children and adults with learning difficulties, attention deficit disorders, dyslexia, autism, and pervasive development delay have benefited from Auditory integration Training (AIT).  An estimated 20% of the population suffer from distortions in hearing or sensitivity to certain sounds. This can contribute to inappropriate or anti-social behavior, irritability, lethargy, impulsiveness, restlessness, high-tension levels, as well as problems with language and reading. Improvements reported after receiving Auditory Integration Training (AIT) include more appropriate affect, expression and interaction; better articulation and auditory comprehension; and an overall increase in academic and social skills.

AIT has also been used with some forms of depression. This work was first done by the inventor of AIT, Dr. Guy Berard, who observed that patients with hypersensitivity at specific frequencies displayed symptoms of depression that included pronounced suicidal tendencies. When the hypersensitivity at these frequencies was treated and brought back into balance, their depression resolved.   

Noted improvements associated with AIT

  • improved social behaviour

  • increased interest in communication

  • better eye contact

  • improved articulation

  • improved auditory comprehension

  • overall improvement in academic skills

  • reduction of sensitivity to sound, impulsive & aggressive behavior, echolalia, distraction, and temper tantrums.

  • increased attention to auditory input