The relationship between vision and hearing is stronger than many people know.
When a baby is born, they have all the neurological equipment they need to learn, to see and hear. However, their visual and auditory skills will take some time to develop. If development is compromised in any way, or if an individual suffers a concussion or brain injury, then it is likely that the integration of the visual and auditory systems will be affected.
The doctors and therapists at The Vision Development Team understand the neurological relationship of these two sensory systems. The nerves that operate our eyes and ears have multiple connections. These connections help us to process and organize sensory information. When one or both systems are not fully functioning, then a host of problems appear including poor balance, difficulty with attention, learning issues, poor reading comprehension, social engagement problems, emotional regulation disorders, and memory challenges.
Testing only eyesight or only auditory functions leaves a person with incomplete answers. For comprehensive therapy, one must consider how both systems integrate.
Our optometrists will evaluate the visual system and our referring audiologists evaluate the structures and functions of the ear. When appropriate, auditory processing therapy complements our vision therapy program. When both sensory systems are simultaneously stimulated, then integration of these systems is possible and higher-level visual skills emerge.
Learn to process both light and sound simultaneously, improve your balance and your depth perception. Improve your brain’s ability to filter out background noise, process similar sounds and words. Relax, and soothe anxieties resulting from the poor sensory organization. Feel the joy of success!