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A practical methodology for evaluating the characteristics of music in terms of frequency and rhythmic content, with particular reference to Auditory Integration Training  (Updated May 2014)

Stan Shear, D. Eng. Member, IEEE  

Abstract –This paper provides a practical method of evaluating suitable music for an intervention technique known as Auditory Integration Training (AIT),  which stimulates the hearing chain from the eardrum to the brain through the application of suitably processed music. Many conditions resulting from a deficiency in this chain have been proven to be associated with behavioral, social and perceptual and AIT has achieved recognizable results as one of the components in the battery of techniques directed towards the stabilization of such disorders.  Although the technique is proven, there is no defined metric which identifies suitable music for the procedure, apart from a general, subjective set of criteria established by its creator, a French Ear, Nose and Throat specialist Dr Guy Bérard. The objective of this paper is to establish some criteria which will give meaning to Dr. Bérard’s specification and provide a technical basis for the selection of suitable music. It is not intended to be a theoretical treatise on anything new in the field, but focuses on well-known analytical techniques to provide a practical framework of evaluation. As such, the intended audience for this paper are people who are not specialists in DSP techniques but need a technical criterion to substantiate the selection of suitable music for their specific purpose.