Integrated Listening Systems

Integrated Listening Systems, or iLs, is a multi-sensory program used by a wide range of clients, from professional athletes looking to sharpen their reaction speed to school-aged children hoping to improve focus while struggling with ADHD.

Integrated Listening Systems is leveraged by Brain Train America trainers for all ages and skill levels. Among its many benefits, the iLs programs improve emotional regulation while training the brain to process sensory information. With improved regulation and processing, users are able to focus, think and engage successfully in social situations. iLs also supports emotional regulation, frequently resulting in happier, calmer clients.

Integrated Listening Systems provides gentle and specific stimulation to the brain through filtered music, activating the neural pathways and training the brain to process sensory, cognitive, and emotional information more effectively.

With Integrated Listening Systems, a music program is loaded on an iPod paired with special headphones that deliver sound through both air and bone conduction to the cochlea and vestibular systems simultaneously, engaging in visual, vestibular, and motor exercises. The activities are fun and can be customized for all ages and skill levels.

There are many well-documented clinical reports and case studies featuring the beneficial results of Integrated Listening Systems therapies in people of all ages. The scope of applied treatments are varied but not limited to:

  • ADHD
  • Autism
  • Auditory Processing Disorder
  • Sensory Processing
  • Learning Abilities
  • Reading
  • Speech problems

How does it work?

  • Depending on the situation and desired outcome, a musical program is selected for the client.
  • Users wear a special pair of headphones are are attached to an iPod that has been loaded with classical music. The music has been filtered to produce frequencies which have been shown to affect different areas of the brain. For example, lower frequency support social and emotional calming whereas mid-range frequencies strengthen attention and concentration.
  • The headphones incorporate a small transducer that produces subtle vibrations which stimulate bone conduction. Bone conduction is an important tool to increase activation to the vestibular system. This enhanced activation results in improved body awareness, balance, coordination and increased muscle tone.
  • Users listen for 30-60 minutes a day, three to five days a week. Listening can be done in combination with many other activities, such as working a puzzle, light housework, or taking a walk.

For more information, visit Integrated Listening Systems.