1. Can my child wear headphones after AIT?
Dr. Guy Berard states that people should not wear headphones to listen to music after receiving AIT. He argues that the ear cannot defend itself against very loud sounds. Basically, sound is energy; and when a lot of energy (i.e., music) is placed in a short and narrow tube (i.e., the ear canal), it will work the ear drum, middle ear, and inner ear excessively.
According to Berard, if a person wears headphones to listen to music after receiving AIT, his/her hearing may return to where it was prior to receiving AIT. There have also been several clinical case reports of individuals who experienced a sudden loss of gain after wearing headphones. Berard believes that it is acceptable to listen to speech at a low to moderate level using headphones.
2. At what age can a child do AIT?
We train children as young as 3 and as old as senior adults.
3. What can my child do during the time we are in the AIT session and how will he/she feel after the sessions?
AIT can be tiring, and because auditory perception can change daily, school performance and behavior may be erratic during AIT. If excessive tiredness occurs during AIT, you should be ready to take your child out of school for the duration of the session.
4. Can I be in the room with my child during AIT sessions?
It is fine for you to be in the room with your child, but it is important that you remain relatively quiet during the sessions so that your child's focus can be on the music.
Some of the children do better when their parent waits out in the waiting area, so that there is less distraction during the session.
5. What can my child do during the sessions?
No reading, no computer games, no writing, no cognitive activities. The less the child does, the better. Listening is the work of AIT. If your child cannot sit still without distraction, we will have some small �fiddle� toys and you may bring toys, also. We recommend quiet and NON-cognitive activities. We will have a swing at some of the sessions and your child may choose to sit in the swing.
6. What if my child will not cooperate with the audiologist?
Many of the children are so young that obtaining an audiogram is not possible. Research has shown that the benefits of AIT appear to be much the same whether or not an audiogram was obtained. AIT can be completed with out the audiogram; individual filters will not be set, but random filtering is present throughout each session. It has been our experience that if you practice using the headphones before going to the audiologist, the results will be more reliable and consistent.
7. What if my child is taking medication?
Please do not change medication before AIT or for 3 months after AIT. This way you can assess the progress of AIT without any other changes.
8. What about tubes?
If the tubes are in and not falling out, you can proceed with AIT.
9. What about ear infections?
Be sure to have the middle ear status of your child checked about 2 weeks prior to the start of AIT. If a middle ear infection exists, you will have to delay AIT until the problem has been resolved. Frequently, if you catch an infection and appropriate medication is administered, the infection can be cleared up in about a week.
10. Will my child need to repeat AIT and if so, when?
Many families find that a second (and even third or fourth) AIT session is quite beneficial for their child. If your child has made progress with the AIT program and is not yet auditorily proficient, then repeating AIT makes a lot of sense. If your child's auditory sensitivity has decreased from the first AIT session, then the second AIT session will undoubtedly contribute to more improvement. Many families find the second or third AIT session to have greater impact than the first.
11. Can my child eat during AIT?
We have found, as mentioned earlier, the less the child does during AIT, the better. Therefore, no eating is allowed during AIT.
12. Can my child have 3 sessions in one day and finish AIT sooner?
Dr. Berard recommends that a child listen for only 2 sessions during the first few days of AIT. On the 5 th day and after, 3 sessions can be scheduled if necessary. Two sessions per day is preferred because the AIT process can be so tiring.
13. How can I pay for AIT?
You may make your deposit on our website using PayPal or, you may send a check payable to T. Silverman, Training and Consulatation. The balance can be paid on the first dy of AIT by certified check or money order.
14. Do you offer a assistance to pay for treatment?
Financial assistance is offered on an availability and needs basis. Please complete the registration form and describe your need for assistance where indicated.