The Listening Program

What is The Listening Program? TLP is psychoacoustically modified music which uses a variety of filters to manipulate the sound in order to control the range of sound. This drug free, non-invasive approach uses specific ranges which relate to cognitive tasks which can be improved with regular listening.

This pioneering learning system using cutting edge technology opens the learning pathways in the brain using psychoacoustically modified music.

TLP Information Booklet

Please feel free to download our comprehensive booklet explaining what auditory processing is, why it is so necessary for every learning domain and how The Listening Program can help those who struggle with learning, executive function, ADHD, Autism, sensory challenges, or focus.

Complete with FAQs

So, What Exactly is TLP?

It’s hard to believe that listening to classical music could help to alleviate the kind of behavioral problems for which drugs like Ritalin are prescribed. Advanced Brain Technologies bases some of the principles of The Listening Program® on scientific research by French ear surgeon Dr. Alfred Tomatis who made a series of discoveries about the ear and its relationship to brain development.

He showed that the auditory nerve is fundamental to human neurology; it helps to regulate not only balance and spatial orientation, but even vision and our tactile senses. He also discovered that sound is a nutrient that can stimulate and feed the brain. One of his greatest innovations was to find new ways to stimulate the ear and brain that can improve learning and behavior.

The Listening Program® is designed to improve the listener’s processing of sound – which is quite different from hearing. It works on the physiological and neurological structure of the brain (different to music therapy which is of psychological benefit).

Children with auditory processing difficulties usually do not possess all the auditory skills necessary for accurate and timely processing. Deficits in some or many auditory skills can result in sensory integration difficulties, ready, comprehension, writing challenges, speech, and other problems.

How Can it Help?

There are potential benefits for individuals experiencing the following difficulties:

  • Learning
  • Attention
  • Auditory Processing/ CAPD
  • Dyslexia
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Communication and Social
  • Autism/Aspergers
  • Reading and Spelling
  • Comprehension
  • Sensory Integration
  • Executive Function
  • Anxiety/Stress/PTSD
  • Poor Motor Coordination

Among the many reasons why children can’t learn and live to their full potential are neuro-developmental delay, a disorganized central nervous system, immature reflexes (or reflexes that have not been fully integrated), auditory processing challenges, emotional blockage and food sensitivity.

Improving Brain Connectivity and our Neural Networks is Vital

If a child or adult cannot read, doing more reading is not going to fix the problem until the connections needed are made at brain level, clearing the learning pathways, and allowing permanent learning to occur.

If a child is having problems with speech, while speech pathology is necessary, using this alone will not be as effective as working to change the neural networks within the brain which then opens the necessary learning pathways.

The two therapies together open the floodgates for learning, allowing information to be effectively held within the brain and the body to master how to produce the sound.

  • It’s through listening that we find a connection to learning.
  • It’s through learning that we find a connection to communication.
  • It’s through communication that we find a connection to life.

Improving Auditory Processing Through Music

The question becomes…how can we overcome auditory processing challenges—moving from a “disorganized” to an “organized” system? Certain classical music, like that of Mozart, Haydn, and Vivaldi, is highly structured, producing sound waves in organized patterns.

When listening to music, the ear is receiving the music sound waves – waves that arrive in different frequencies, measured in Hertz (Hz). These frequencies stimulate the brain, and thus affect various functions of the mind and body.

The Listening Program’s psychoacoustically modified music and patented production treatments are designed to stimulate, or “exercise,” the various functions of the auditory processing system. This can enable the brain to better perceive a fuller range of frequencies, organize the information, and respond appropriately.

What Can I Expect?

  • Home based therapy
  • Fits into any schedule
  • 15 – 30 minutes of listening per day (5 days a week)
  • Suitable for 2+ years through to (and including) adults

TLP has 4 main programs available and one (or two) will be chosen for you depending on your needs.

TLP approved headphones must accompany the program.

We recommend the bone conduction waves system. Included is:

  • 32gb ipod
  • listening programs
  • waves bone conduction system including TLP approved headphones

Prices start from $1,900 depending on the country you are in, and the program chosen for you.

6 Month Support Package – $495

Support packages are valid for 6 months from the date your program starts. It includes:

  • Scheduled appointment every 6 – 8 weeks
  • Personalized programs written for the next 6 weeks
  • Any testing and monitoring done during your follow up appointments
  • Unlimited email contact
  • Further support packages at a discounted rate of $395
  • Discounted rate of $395 for other members of the family

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Auditory Processing?

Auditory processing is the term used to describe what happens when your brain recognizes and interprets the sounds around you. Humans hear when energy that we recognize as sound travels through the ear and is changed into electrical information that can be interpreted by the brain.

How Long Does it Take to Complete the Listening Program?

Listening sessions are typically fifteen minutes in length, done once or twice a day, five days a week. The program length varies depending on the listener’s goals. The minimum time recommended is forty hours over the course of 20 to 40 weeks. Many people find it advantageous to continue with the program as they like the gains they see.

The great news is once you have the equipment, your only financial outlay is 6 – 8 weekly consultations where you will complete any testing and offer feedback so your new program can be written.

How quickly can we expect results?

It depends on the individual’s goals for listening and what else is being done along with TLP to accomplish the goals. The brain needs a certain amount of repeated stimulation in order to remember new information and integrate it for functional use. Some people see change within a few days, others after completion of forty hours of listening. There is no way to know in advance the exact amount of time it will take.

Will the results fade over time?

Research on the use of TLP with auditory processing issues has shown that results continue to occur for up to one year after completion of the program, then plateau, with the most measurable results occurring 2-9 months after completion.

We recommend you complete at least forty hours and continue some level of continued listening. Your provider will tailor make a program for you depending on your situation and will give guidance according to your needs.

The Listening Program is very much like a physical exercise program. You need to do it on a regular basis, put some real effort into it, and keep at it. You may be fit for a time after an exercise program, but you won’t stay that way if you stop exercising or lead an unhealthy lifestyle.

If the listener is healthy and does not do things to adversely impact his health the changes that result from TLP will last. Others may need to do 1 cycle of listening once or twice a year to maintain benefits.

Are There Any Side Effects?

The Listening Program is a safe, non-invasive method of music-based auditory stimulation. TLP’s patent pending modular design supports auditory stimulation. TLP’s patent pending modular design supports listeners as they gradually progress through increasing levels of stimulation.

Tens of thousands of listeners have safely used TLP. Some people may experience undesired changes for a brief period of time, ranging from a few minutes to a few days. These changes can be viewed in two categories:

  1. Behavior or emotional regulation. These types of changes are generally an indication of a transition during the time it takes the brain to learn a new pattern and to reorganize. These changes are often accompanied by positive changes in auditory processing, communication abilities and other areas. Those experiencing these changes should continue listening until the changes resolve. If the changes are too disruptive, modifications can be made to the Listening Schedule.
  2. Physiological function. These changes may be experienced during or immediately following a Listening Session and can include a sense of feeling “off “, nausea, headache, or dizziness. If these persist, listeners are encouraged to consult a health professional to ensure there is not an underlying health issue causing the changes. Some of these changes can also indicate an area of weakness in the body that may need attention.

Can The Listening Program be used by people with hearing aids or cochlear implants?

Yes, it can.

How is TLP different from other auditory stimulation programs?

Some auditory stimulation programs require travel to a facility for Listening Sessions. TLP is a non-invasive, portable, music-based auditory stimulation program that can be used in the home, school, clinic, hospital, office, etc.

A multi-disciplinary team of professionals with decades of experience work together in TLP development TLP has a patent pending modular design with the A, B, C format and specific Listening Schedules that can be individualized as needed

Only TLP contains high quality music selected, arranged, and recorded by ABT Music with the Arcangelos Chamber Ensemble specifically for the program Most other programs use filtration and/or gating technologies only.

ABT has pioneered many new sonic treatments and technologies, including Spatial Surround™ (patent pending) and Spatial Surround™ Dynamic, audio bursting, filtration blending, and many other Programs are field tested with clinical professionals before their release TLP is very affordable and can be used repeatedly and by many members of the family.