Learning to read and write is something quite remarkable in human evolution. For the majority of our existence, it has been through our ears that language entered the brain. The development of reading and writing, only ten thousand years or so ago, shifted the input to the eyes, requiring the brain to link written markings to spoken language.

In speech, each little unit of sound, each phoneme, has a precise place. But sometimes the perception of these sounds can get blurred, which may lead to the inversion of letters and a lot of guesswork.

There are three sections in the left hemisphere of the brain that need to work together well in order to automate the process of recognising and analysing words. One of these sections (situated in the left inferior frontal gyrus) helps a person to vocalise words (silently or out loud) and then analyse them in small parts, into phonemes.

All beginning readers start off developing this area, at least as long as they are allowed to learn to read in this ‘old-fashioned’ way, and not trained to guess words from their context as some reading methods promote.

Dyslexic children are often imagery thinkers; they tend to be right-brain dominant, and lean more heavily on these early stages of phoneme recognition. They need time and repetition to stimulate the connection to the language centres in the left hemisphere of the brain.

They are certainly not ‘dumber’, just different to the rest of their classmates, who might breeze through this phase. That’s frustrating, to say the least, and, depending on their temperament, the child may then either dream away or become frustrated.

Listening Training will assist with the creation and strengthening of neural pathways which will help decipher, as well as add context to, what’s being read and written. It is a profound yet gentle way of enabling better access to all these different realms in the brain. And it happens all of its own accord, without pills or intensive therapy – just Listening.

Listening And Reading
Eyes and ears work together while we read. Our eyes move from letter to letter, and later from word to word, while the vestibular system coordinates this synchronicity of eyes and ears. Doing listening training reduces possible delays in communication between these senses, and improves neurological timing.

Listening And Learning
If the cochlea in the inner ear is not functioning well, we may have a hard time discerning certain consonants – P vs B, or T vs D for instance. Listening Training improves this discerning ability. This means better perception, better performance and more self confidence.
Sound stimulation is received by more parts of the brain than any other sensory input. This includes the limbic system, which plays a major role in our emotional stability and well-being. As part of a positive vicious circle, this will improve the willingness of our body and mind to be open to new information and learn.

Listening And Our Ability To Evolve
The way we listen is also related to our mental clarity and creativity. The sensory input coming through the vestibular-cochlear system is channeled to an area at the base of the brain. From there the input is relayed back into the area in our brain responsible for the higher functions, like creative expression, mental clarity, zest for life, spirituality – these are all part of our ability to listen.