Research and development

At MBL one never rests.
 
True to the manager slogan “if you don't go forwards you go backwards”, the MBL team does not rest on its laurels,  but is dedicated to research, try and improve in all fields of the therapy.  An important step forward is the development of the  “Brain Activator”, successor of the legendary  “Electronic Ear” of Prof. Tomatis.  But at MBL other fields are also continuously improved, e.g. the recordings of sounds for application in the therapy.
 
And there is research: In a study published in the Journal of Neurotherapy, the results of the APP have been proven through an accompanying examination with Brain Mappings.  In 2010, MBL published together with the Italian, Carmela Stillitano, a research study in which the at MBL trained therapist proved that the voice of a subject had strongly improved after an intensive 14-days  training with the Brain Activator. At the same time, the results of the therapy were proven visually; respective pictures were created during the treatment.  Currently, Jozef Vervoort and his team are dedicated to a fundamental study concerning possible consequences of complications during pregnancy and birth. By means of a questionnaire one tries to see into possible correlations of learning-, development- and behavioural disorders and complications during pregnancy and birth.
 
The Electronic Ear is the central point of the therapy. Particular filters change the sound message and allow an adapted listening training for the defective ear. The muscles of the middle ear are trained, so that it learns to listen spontaneously and automatically to the sound source. The right and left hemisphere are addressed individually, at the same time the right ear is trained to be the controlling ear.
 
The sound material consists of music from Mozart (hence the term “Mozart therapy”), Gregorian chants and texts recorded by the biological mother.
 
The first Electronic Ear was developed by Prof. Tomatis and his team in Paris. Mozart-Brain-Lab in Sint-Truiden continues the development. Since late summer 2002 they use the newly developed “Brain Activator” in the therapy. As sound source mostly electronic devices that can play media with high resolution (48 kHz and 24 bit) are being used.