Listening for the Light: A New Perspective on Integration Disorder in Dyslexic Syndrome, Schizophrenia, Bipolarity, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Substance Abuse

 
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This book details the author's discovery of the neurological connection between accurate hearing and mental health, a paradigm of right-ear-driven left-cerebral dominance that is poised to draw the neuroscience of behavior out of its speculative infancy to become a rigorous science. Tallman's paradigm has implications not only for medicine and psychiatry but for most of the disciplines in the humanities.

In chapters 1 and 2 the author shares her initial belief in the origins of behavior; in the next three chapters she describes how her son's dyslexic syndrome was cured within 10 days in 1997 by the Tomatis Method. Daniel's dramatic changes in behavior called into question social and psychological factors as sufficient explanations for aberrant behavior. However, at 16 Daniel already was addicted to alcohol and drugs. Soon after his dyslexia cure, he had a sustained psychotic break. The author had been cured of chronic fatigue syndrome while her son was being treated for dyslexic syndrome. Her odyssey of discovery about the relationship between the ears, music, and behavior had begun.

Chapters 6 and 7 describe her son's treatment: he was heavily medicated in hospital, subjected to questionable procedures, and released several weeks later with a diagnosis of hopeless schizophrenia. Treatment had not helped Daniel's addictions. Their family doctor reduced her son s medication; she noticed symptoms of fluctuating cognitive function no one could explain. She further reduced his medication. His cognition improved.

In chapters 8, 9, and 10 she recounts her son's addictive behaviors and ways they were addressed with only modest success. Over the years, she tested his cognition several times with different activities obtaining the same results: his abilities fluctuated at two-minute intervals. In 2005, Daniel used his mother's headphones to listen to a Mozart CD. Recognizing the kinds of changes in facial expression, posture, and eye-hand co-ordination he displayed during his treatment for dyslexia, she encouraged daily 2-hour listening that forced right-ear stimulation. After six weeks of focused listening enhanced by simple art activities with minuscule and then no psychotropic medication he suddenly regained normal brain function over the course of a single day. Two years later, when his addictions had again driven him into acute psychosis, he transitioned with focused listening and simple art activities over 10 months through incremental stages of mental illness (severe schizophrenia, bipolar I, bipolar II, depression, OCD, and dyslexia) to normal ear and brain function and learning ability. Tallman analyzes her son's grammatical structures according to the delineation of the differing functions of the two halves of the brain by the American neurologist V.S. Ramachandran as an inter-hemispheric duet that became more rational when his right ear became able to process more high-frequency sound because his hemispheres integrated at increasing speeds. As soon as Daniel was taught that his brain was not broken but that he could learn to control his behavior by protecting and exercising his ears, he began to do so.

Drawing on research in neurology, anatomy, audiology, and sociology, in chapters 11-15 Tallman's paradigm of right-ear-driven left-cerebral dominance extends and refines the pioneering work of French otolaryngologist Alfred Tomatis, explains cerebral integration disorders and normal behavior, disputes a leading theory of schizophrenia, and opens avenues for further research.

Appendices include the results of testing done at different times during Daniel's illness. The book includes illustrations, diagrams, tables, notes, appendices, bibliography, and index.

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Laurna Tallman studied English and anthropology at the University of Toronto, has worked in theatre, book publishing, and educational research (she is a founding member of the Educational Research Officers of Ontario), and helped to develop culture-based teaching programs in the Ozarks and Appalachia. Her other works include Country Folks: A Handbook for Student Folklore Collectors (with Richard Tallman, 1978), Hemispheric Integration and the Ears (2011), Ear Function in SSRI Withdrawal (2011), and Your Child's Ears and Behaviour (2012).

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The Tallman Paradigm makes a critically important break-through for our understanding of human behaviour. The normal function of the stapedius muscle of the middle ear is responsible for left-brain dominance, which makes it possible for the child to control thought, action, and emotion that is, behavior. I now understand that the eyes play a secondary role in attention and integration, and that the ear, especially the right middle ear, plays the primary role. I believe that Laurna Tallman's radical change in thinking, which places the ear at the centre of a child's mental and physical organization and general well-being, is of the utmost importance in education as well as in paediatric medicine. The understanding of and, therefore, the treatment of learning disabilities, attention deficits, stuttering, and autism, as well as of schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorders and other conditions, change hugely as soon as the essential importance of hearing to health is identified. Tomatis estimates the ears convert sound, especially high-frequency sound, into the energy that provides about 90 per cent of the brain's needs (apart from oxygen and glucose). A lively, energetic brain, under good control, capable of useful production, first, hears well, then, sees well, then, can learn normally. Listening to high frequency music has been shown in tens of thousands of cases to correct or improve attention deficits, learning disabilities, autism, and other severe mental disorders. I expect parents, teachers, and child caregivers will greet the Tallman Paradigm with relief, and joy. --Susan Rich Sheridan, Ed.D.

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