Listening and hearing are not one in the same. When we listen, we are using our entire body, not just our auditory system. According to Porges (1997), sound stimulation alone facilitates the process of listening and social engagement.
The Listening Program® is a music listening therapy that provides engaging brain stimulation to improve performance in school, work and life. Some children experience problems processing auditory information from birth. In other instances, difficulties may develop later in life as a result of illness, injury or other challenges. The Listening Program® addresses auditory processing by gently providing psychoacoustically modified classical music designed to train the brain to process sound more efficiently.
The meaningful sound vibrations provided by The Listening Program® travel from the outer ear to the middle ear and then to the inner ear. The sound is converted to nerve impulses which move through the brainstem to the brain. The brain can establish new neural pathways and organize new synapses when presented with specific sensory sensation with appropriate frequency, intensity, and duration. Hearing is intimately connected with other sensory pathways within the brainstem and brain. We hear with our entire body and proper sound processing may lead to improvements in many areas, including: