Listening: The Ear-Body Connection

musicPicture a rabbit munching on grass in a field. Its posture is rounded and its ears are down. Suddenly, a bird takes flight. The rabbit’s ears perk up. Its body becomes erect. While the rabbit was hearing all along, it is now listening.

Although less visible, just like the rabbit we also use our ears and our whole body to listen. At a glance, the experienced teacher knows when a student is paying attention and actually listening. Body clues like the way the student is sitting, the facial expressions, and the look in the eye – all are body expressions of listening.

The ear-body connection is also very visible in dancing when our body moves naturally with the beat of the music.


Ear Body Connection
Ear Voice Connection

Listening: The Ear-Voice Connection

AutismWe are the first to listen to what we say. Our ability to listen depends on the quality of our voice. Like any other stimulation, sound literally feeds the brain giving us the energy we need to process information. Some sounds, those rich in high frequencies, are more nourishing. For example, classical music, especially Mozart, is rich in high overtones and can increase energy levels.

The best music of all is our own voice. We can use it to energize ourselves, focus, and keep our listening fit - all on our own. Better listening leads to a richer voice and richer voice enhances listening. The microphone input of the LiFT (Listening Fitness Trainer) enables us to develop this self-enhancing ear-voice feedback loop. When trained and enriched, our own voice provides the energy and focus we need, at which point, the support of the LiFT is no longer necessary. This is how Listening Fitness ultimate goal of self-sufficiency is achieved.


The ear-voice loop plays a key role in the acquisition of speech and language. What is much less known is the role of the ear-voice loop in the development of self-regulation and self-control on sensory-motor, emotional, communicative and cognitive levels. The ear-voice connection is a fabulous sensory-motor integrator of the body and mind. The regulating impact of the ear-voice connection influences children’s breathing pattern, sleeping and eating habits, bladder/bowel control, temper and expression of affects, flexibility and social adaptability as well as their attention span, focus and learning skills such as reading, writing and spelling.