“For the first time, scientists identify a neural population highly selective for music.”

“MIT neuroscientists have identified a neural population in the human auditory cortex that responds selectively to sounds that people typically categorize as music, but not to speech or other environmental sounds.”

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The Tomatis method was developed as a technique for the training of the neuro-psychological and physiological systems by listening to special music program. The aim of the study was to determine the effectiveness of Tomatis method in patients with tinnitus. A young male patient with chronic tinnitus from 6 years was selected. The patient was assessed with Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI), Tinnitus Sample Case History (TSCH), psychological questionnaires, pure tone audiometry, pitch and loudness of tinnitus, loudness discomfort level. THI gave a result of 34 (grade 2). He suffered from a bipolar disorder. The hearing was normal and the tinnitus was prevalent in the left ear with the pitch at 3000 Hz and the loudness at 30 dB HL.The treatment consisted in listening Mozart music and Gregorian chants both with a headphone and bone vibrator. The music frequencies were filtered using different intensities of stimulation and delays between air and bone conduction. After 70 hours of Tomatis treatment THI decreased to 6 (grade 1) and the tinnitus loudness decreased to 18 dB HL. After 105 hours of treatment THI went down to 2 (grade 1) and the tinnitus loudness decreased to 13 dB HL.

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Dott.ssa Carmela Stillitano