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EAR FUNCTION IN SSRI WITHDRAWAL:

A Comparison with Symptoms of Other Ear-Related Syndromes

by

LAURNA TALLMAN

Laurna Tallman's discovery of the dysfunctional ear's effect on behaviour in failing to control left-brain dominance leads her to assign the etiology of symptoms to the middle ear. The otolaryngologists Alfred A. Tomatis and Guy Berard appear not to have understood fully what the stapedius muscle accomplishes in "gating" sound frequencies into the inner ear. Tomatis was correct in thinking that other behavioural syndromes than dyslexia, that is, various forms of serious mental illness, also had their etiology in the middle ear,[1] but he should not have listened to his colleagues in psychiatry regarding the capacity for "will power" in individuals with compromised audition. Tallman's research shows that the degree of volitional control by the left brain of the right stapedius muscle is a function of the strength of that muscle.[2] In fact, deliberate rational (left-brain) action is physically impossible when the cerebral hemispheres are integrating poorly, whether sporadically, as in bipolarity, or persistently, as in autism and schizophrenia. Like the audio-phono loop in which the ear controls the voice (the Tomatis Effect, 1957), the relationship of the right ear to the left brain's co-ordination of other body systems is cybernetic, with control in the muscles of the middle ear. Usually, the right ear controls the brain's speed of hemispheric integration by maintaining dominance in the left cerebral hemisphere through its processing of high-frequency sound. Only when the left hemisphere is dominant is it possible for the person to learn to exercise control over behaviour prompted by the primal urges and by the emotions mediated in the right brain.

Tallman's analysis of the symptoms of 107 people in withdrawal, or having residual symptoms following withdrawal, from the class of drugs commonly known as "antidepressants" indicates their medications failed to heal and/or exacerbated their audio-processing deficits. Tallman ties their reporting of over 2,000 symptoms both to presently recognized symptoms of ear dysfunction, such as disequilibrium, tinnitus, and nausea, and to the symptoms she and Tomatis and Berard have corrected by stimulating the ear with high-frequency sound.

Notably, Tallman found that of 100% of subjects with suicide ideation or who attempted suicide during withdrawal (who, according to Berard's findings, had symptoms of severe middle ear dysfunction), all but 7 had symptoms of moderate ear dysfunction as well. Of those 100% with residual symptoms that included suicidal and/or homicidal tendencies who, by Berard's standard, had symptoms of severe middle ear damage, all but 5 had symptoms of moderate ear damage as well. These data support Dr. Guy Berard's ability to heal 97.7% of his 235 suicidal patients by treating their (usually left) ears with high-frequency sound.

High-frequency music exercises the stapedius muscle in the middle ear, thus affecting the transmission of sound into the inner ear in ways that profoundly impact the body's neurology. The author concludes that it seems likely that high-frequency music could greatly accelerate the SSRI withdrawal and recovery process while, possibly, treating the underlying condition for which antidepressants were prescribed.


[1] Tomatis, despite remarkable discoveries and high levels of success with his patients, tried unsuccessfully to convince his Canadian associates that mental illness originates in the ear. The Conscious Ear, My Life of Transformation through Listening (Barrytown, NY, and Sound Listening and Learning Center, Phoenix, Ariz.: Station Hill Press, 1991) 2001. Guy Berard's book Hearing Equals Behavior (New Canaan, Conn.: Keats, 1993) also lacks the overarching paradigm of left-cerebral dominance for understanding the changes his very successful method effects. The new edition of his book with Sally Brockett offers various proposals for theories of audio-processing, none of which take into consideration left-cerebral dominance in the integration of the functions of the two halves of the brain.

[2] Tallman, Listening for the Light, ch. 11.

This study includes tables, notes, and extensive Appendices of the symptoms discussed in the paper. Format 8 1/2 x 11 inches, spiral binding. 50 pages.

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