Alfred A. Tomatis, MD.

January 1, 1920 - December 25, 2001

Dr. Tomatis is the founder of the method which bears his name. He was the first scientist who, as early as the 1950's, discovered that the ear plays a fundamental role in voice production, speech, language, reading, motor skills and coordination. This allowed him to describe a distinction between hearing and listening. His idea of using sound stimulation to improve listening and related skills is one of his greatest contributions.

Dr. Tomatis' theories and techniques are now used all over the world and continue to influence an increasing number of clinicians and educators. For example, the idea that auditory processing is essential for speech development as well as attentional and learning ability was already described by Tomatis more than 40 years ago. He was also the first to make us aware of the unborn child's ability to hear in the womb. Dr. Tomatis is the author of a dozen books. Two of them, "The Conscious Ear" and "The Ear and Language" were translated into English (the latter is available at The Listening Centre).