An AIT Story: Dr. Guy Berard

When I was practicing medicine in Cambodia, my patients didn't care of the method that I could apply to treat them: they only asked to be cured, as quickly as possible, for the lowest expense. So, the only aim of my work was "efficiency."

When I came back to France, keeping the same concept, I won the reputation among my colleagues of being able to find a solution in abnormal cases. Particularly, Dr. Jarricot of Lyon, a well known professor, used to ask for my opinion every time when he had to care for ENT's difficult cases.

Twelve years ago, he phoned me to ask if I could treat a friend of his, professor of cardiology, 70 years old, suffering of such painful hearing that he had to retire. He was living the life of a recluse in his house. All the ENT's whose advice he had taken had told him that it was probably a very severe "recruitment" and that nothing could be done.

I responded to Dr. Jarricot that I could give advice only after making an audiogram. Dr. Jarricot told me that his friend would not accept the torture of hearing some sounds through an earphone. I asked him to convince his friend that my way of making the test would be so soft that, in any case, it couldn't be painful.

An appointment was made, and it would take pages to describe how anxious the man was, waiting for the sounds that I would send, increasing slowly by 5 decibels from zero. He was always raising his hand, and when I asked:

"So you really hear that sound?," the answer was, with a frown, "No, but I will!"

The graphic showed a severe impairment on the high frequencies. I explained to him that he had to be treated with my method to stop the worsening of his hearing, and as he first didn't accept the principle of listening to some strong music through the device, I promised to treat him myself, without the help of my nurse.

To my question concerning his way of life, he answered that his only activities were reading books and collecting post-marks (stamps). He came for the treatment, still more than anxious. I explained to him that I would send the music from "no sound," progressively increasing the intensity until the moment when he informed me that he was hearing something.

I started applying AIT, and, at the moment when he was hearing, I began talking with him about his post-marks. While he was talking, very interested by the subject, I was increasing the intensity. He was then talking louder and louder. After a few moments, I asked him: Q: Do you know how to read numbers?

When the training was finished and he no longer experienced the painful hearing, I thanked him because he had given to me one of the keys concerning my theory on autism. At the beginning of his problems, he had an infection of the ears. During this sickness, his hearing became so sensitive that, in order to avoid this pain, he had blocked the mobility of the 3 ossicles of the middle ear, the same way one will no more use the painful joint of an elbow, using the other side. So, psychologically afraid of the possibility of having to be confronted by harmful noises, he had carried on blocking his ossicles, convinced that all sounds would be painful.

Right away, I was led to the comparison with autistic children, who, certainly in addition to other etiologies, (because all the children having suffered from otitis didn't become autistic), at a moment of their life had: suffered from painful hearing, blocked their hearing, felt comfortable in living their own life, without constraints of obeying orders of parents or teachers, and then remaining with the same behavior.

Of course, as I am always indicating, this symptom of painful hearing in the autistic syndrome is just a part of it, less or more important for each case, this explaining the difference of the positive results for each individual.

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