The idea that medical science really did not know any more than I did about what caused schizophrenia was a long, long dawn.

Daniel had been in a provincial psychiatric hospital and then had been moved back to the admitting general hospital. At last, the elderly psychiatrist I had been trying for weeks to contact for information about Daniel’s mental condition telephoned me. “I am Dr. R. You can pick Daniel up today,” she said.

“What is Daniel’s diagnosis?” I asked.

“Acute schizophrenia,” she answered.

“And what is his prognosis?” I ventured.

“Once a schizophrenic, always a schizophrenic,” she replied and hung up the phone.

It occurred to me that no doctor in her right mind would break that kind of news to a parent that way. But I already had reasons for distrusting the kind of “help” Daniel was getting from his psychiatrists.

I made the hour’s drive to the hospital, picked up our oddly subdued son, and asked him as we started home if he would be able to wait in the car for a few minutes while I stopped at the library. In terror as to what sort of things might go wrong if I left him unattended, I ran into the building, found the small section on health, and gathered psychiatric texts, stories by or about schizophrenics, and books about dyslexia into my carryall. My formal education on the state of the art of psychiatric knowledge about schizophrenia had begun.

The texts I read implied that differing forms of mental illness were like different kinds of skin diseases: different, but all happening in the same place — the brain. The more I learned about neurologists’ and psychiatrists’ probing of the brain for the cause of schizophrenia, the more I fell into the trap of thinking the brain became sick in a dozen different ways to produce various mental illnesses. Occasionally, I would encounter a doctor who mentioned similarities between one mental illness or another. In fact, manic depression and schizophrenia have many similar symptoms. Autism used to be called “infantile schizophrenia.” Asperger’s is like schizophrenia in some ways, too. But no one had a theory of how or why these conditions were related.

During several of Daniel’s episodes of schizophrenia I had noticed his ability to focus on conversation wavered and returned. I measured that fluctuation. The intervals were 2 minutes of clarity followed by 2 minutes of confusion to make a 4-minute cycle. The cycle persisted all day, every day. I measured that cycle twice again, years apart, during separate schizophrenic episodes and the results were identical. I knew that some physiological process was driving the changes in his brain. But what?  Between his severe episodes we struggled to help him to defeat his addictions. Sometimes he seemed to improve a little, then, he became acutely schizophrenic time and time again. One victory was titrating his medication to the lowest possible dosage for tolerable behaviour: 0.0625 mg. of risperidone, a minuscule amount.

Daniel reached out for music late in 2005. His healing had begun. He listened daily while colouring mandalas. His behaviour improved a little. Still, the fluctuating levels of cognition persisted. Then, one day, his psychosis ended and the cycling stopped. His brain must have become healthy because his behaviour and communication became completely normal during those few hours and remained normal for the next two years. What had happened?

My research would resume in earnest when his addictions triggered his next episode of schizophrenia. This time, I would learn exactly what Daniel meant when he said, referring to his schizophrenia, “I’m dyslexic again.”

The health of a tiny muscle in the middle ear is essential to normal behaviour. The spectrum of human behaviour, including so-called “mental” illnesses, is generated in the ear.

Contemporary psychiatric theory fails to account for the symptoms of schizophrenia, including disorganized speech. Listening for the Light explains the neurology that connects the right ear with the left hemisphere of the brain to maintain the dominance of that cerebral hemisphere. Losses of dominance, whether brief and intermittent or prolonged and continuous, account for the most common forms of “mental” disturbance. The ear muscle too weak to maintain left-brain dominance can be strengthened with high-frequency sound — for example, the music of violins. Daniel’s story shows how high-frequency music focused on the right ear cured his schizophrenia. The research I did to find out how music could cure his severely aberrant behaviour led me to the overarching theory of behaviour: right-ear-driven left-brain dominance in the integrative activities of the cerebral hemispheres.

You can read about this new paradigm based on the neurological relationship between the ear and the brain in Listening for the Light, Hemispheric Integration and the Ears, and Ear Function in SSRI Withdrawal at

9 Responses to Schizophrenia

  1. So-called ‘schizophrenia’ is in fact a psychospiritual crisis which in itself is natural healing process known as ‘spiritual emergency’ a term coined by Dr.Stanslav Grof. Read his work and listen to him speak. The process must be respected and allowed to complete itself. So it is necessary to provide an environment of support and kindness.

    • WildRose says:

      Hello, Marion,
      Until you have read my writing about my observations and research you cannot simply assert that Dr. Stanslav Grof knows more than I do about schizophrenia.
      I can assure you that Daniel’s schizophrenia was not caused by a psychospiritual crisis but by an audio-processing deficit, just as his dyslexic syndrome had been. Both conditions were healed with sound: high-frequency music listened to through headphones. The Tomatis Method, which is foundational to my learning, has been widely practiced and has a very high level of success in healing the ear and consequently the behaviour that results when the left hemisphere of the brain is insufficiently stimulated by high-frequency sound. It is my opinion, and I have the observations and research to back up my opinion, that schizophrenia is one of a wide range of so-called “mental” illnesses that have their etiology in the middle ear.
      In none of Daniel’s 8 or more episodes of schizophrenia was there any evidence that the “process” would complete itself. Without some kind of intervention Daniel simply deteriorated into deeper psychosis. Daniel was provided with an environment of support and kindness. We found that sound stimulation was a big improvement over even very, very small doses of medication.
      I invite you to read at least one of my publications with an open mind. Dr. Tomatis had such success with his Method that he was convinced most mental illness that is not organic (i.e., caused by a cancerous tumour or some such problem) could be cured with music. I have shown not only that he was on the right track, but I have identified the physiological basis for the error (based in psychiatric theory) in his thinking. In psychosis, the left brain is incapable of controlling the right brain, which includes the inability to control the vital muscle of the inner ear that transmits sound energy to it. The continuous, intermittent loss of dominance of the left brain creates the behaviour we call schizophrenia. When the losses are not continuous but occasional, we call the behaviour bipolarity. And so on.
      I do hope you will consider this simple, effective means of restoring left-brain dominance to the schizophrenics you know.

  2. Thank you for sharing. I was touched by your story and I understand what you felt when you were talking to that doctor, because schizophrenia runs in my family and they “say” I have schizo effective disorder, but I believe there is a spiritual aspect to the disease which will only make someone think I have it even more. I believe that I hear spirits. I hope you don’t think my comment was a waist of your time because I am telling you that. I left a link to my YouTube video from when I had my story about my schizophrenic father on MTV. I never told MTV about my own struggle. I remember my memory was so bad then that they would ask me a question and I would forget it instantly. I am doing a little better now and I have done a lot of healing through my writing. Thank you again for sharing.

    • WildRose says:

      Hi, Stephanie,
      Thanks so much for your reply. Your Utube interview by MTV of you with your father shows me a very familiar personality.

      According to Dr. Tomatis, and my observations confirm this, short-term memory is in the upper part of the temporal lobe in the left hemisphere of the brain. If you experience a loss of left-brain control (which happens in schizophrenia about every two minutes, but not that regularly in schizoaffective disorders) you lose what was in your short-term memory. That means what was in your short-term memory is not stored in long-term memory securely, either. Daniel has very little recall of what happened during the months-long episodes of schizophrenia and what he does remember usually is distorted.

      Middle ear problems sometimes are inherited. In my husband’s family a tendency to depression is very evident. Dr. Tomatis’s colleague, Dr. Guy Bérard, published his records of healing suicidal depression with the Tomatis Method. He cured over 97% of his suicidally depressed patients with filtered music, including some whose ear problem appeared to have been inherited. Both those doctors started commercial businesses that treat dyslexia, autism, depression, stuttering, and other problems that originate in the ear. You can Google Tomatis Method and Bérard AIT (Audio Integration Training) to learn more about those doctors. I have been writing to a bipolar woman this winter who says depression as well as bipolarity and other ear-related problems seem to run in her family. She is much better now from having tried a focused listening program. Her brother started a listening program a couple of weeks ago. These are people in their 60s, so it shows even older people can benefit from focused listening.

      Sometimes several people in a family have ear-related behaviour problems that are not inherited. For example, my father was bipolar probably because of a surgery to his right ear that damaged it when he was 16. My sister is bipolar more likely from a childhood illness when she was 6 or 7, although I cannot prove that. While it is possible she inherited an ear problem from our dad, there are no other signs of behaviour problems in that family. Our son’s schizophrenia very clearly was drug-induced. His dyslexia I am quite sure was the result of in utero ear damage. My great-aunt who was deaf apparently suffered an unusual assault on her ears in childhood when her brother used a megaphone to shout into her ears. Many people develop ear problems from rock concerts, air travel, exposure to heavy machinery, ear infections, exposure to toxic chemicals including some medications, and so on.

      Just because you may have inherited your father’s middle ear problem, which is what I have proven schizophrenia is, does not mean you cannot treat it and perhaps recover from it. Our son Daniel has recovered from severe drug-induced schizophrenia several times. Now that he knows how to take care of his ears, I doubt he will allow himself to become schizophrenic again. He has not had any symptoms of schizophrenia since he recovered at the end of 2008. He is taking a high school equivalency course at a local community college. He is learning self-control in areas of his life where he has never had any.

      There is a very good chance music could not only improve your schizoaffective disorder, but help your energy level, too. When people’s ears are exercised back into health, as mine were (I had chronic fatigue syndrome for 8 years that was healed by the Tomatis Method), they do not LOSE their spirituality. Their spirituality becomes more unified. Some perfectly rational people hear voices in their minds, but those experiences are significantly different from people who are hearing voices and seeing things as a result of losses of left-hemisphere dominance.

      Dr. Alfred Tomatis, the great pioneer in how behaviour is caused by ear problems, provides much of the neurology for my writing about the ear. However, I learned a few things he had not figured out. He thought people with severe forms of unusual behaviour did not WANT to listen and therefore shut down their ears, sort of like closing your eyes when you don’t want to see something. I have shown that such people are not “closing their ears.” They CANNOT listen, because the stapedius muscle in the middle ear isn’t working. The left brain cannot control that muscle to make the left brain attentive, or to shut down so the person can experience normal sleep, or adjust to the “prayer and meditation” setting, or anything else it does in normal people.

      However, that little muscle often can be exercised into healthy fitness with music—the high-frequency vibrations of violins. And like any other muscle, it can be kept fit with regular exposure to high-frequency music. When the stapedius muscle is fit and working properly it allows the left brain to control the whole range of states of consciousness by adjusting the middle ear: high alertness and creativity, relaxation, daydreaming, prayer and meditation, sleep and dreaming. All of those different mental states are different levels of integration of the two halves of the brain, from high integration (very alert and attentive and creative) to lower integration (relaxation, prayer and meditation, daydreaming and imagining) to lowest integration (deep sleep).

      You may also experience dizziness, vertigo, fear of heights, balance problems, hyperacusis (too sensitive to sounds), or tinnitus, any of which are inner ear problems affected by how the middle ear is functioning.

      In schizophrenia, the person is awake but the hemispheric integration level is very low. The schizophrenic has “waking dreams,” which is basically what psychosis is. The left brain loses control of the right brain every two minutes, which is when uncontrolled behaviour such as violence occurs.

      Daniel, our second son, was not only dyslexic but had a range of schizoaffective behaviour up to and including severe schizophrenia. In fact, he passed through all those phases as he was becoming schizophrenic and he passed through the same phases in reverse order when he was recovering. So, he had dyslexia AND depression AND schizoaffective disorder AND schizophrenia one right after the other.

      The first thing I learned was that medication made it worse. Sometimes Daniel needed a very, very small amount of medication. More than that made him more psychotic.

      What I learned from carefully observing Daniel was that during his very severe schizophrenia he was like a person whose cerebral hemispheres have been cut apart—a surgery where the bridge between the two halves of the brain (the corpus callosum) is severed. (Such surgeries have been performed to try to heal epilepsy.) Much of Daniel’s behaviour was like one of those “dual brain” patients. However, when Daniel listened to violin music with headphones, his behaviour improved. He went from schizophrenia to bipolar I (with hallucinations). Then, he went from bipolar I to bipolar II (without hallucinations). Then he passed through a phase of depression. Next, his addictive behaviour (OCD) became more obvious. In his last phase, he was merely dyslexic. Finally, he became completely normal. That healing process was the result of stimulating the middle right ear with high-frequency music: violins. That idea is based on the Tomatis Method of ear stimulation.

      If you decide you want to try a focused listening program, let me know so I can help you to understand the healing process. For example, people who are left-handed (and many people with unstable dominance are) need to find out if their right ear can recover. If it cannot, they still have the option of treating their left ear. All it takes is ordinary ear-muff style headphones and some CDs of classical violin music and the CD player or computer to play them. About an hour and a half a day is the usual amount of listening time.

      Then, if you think your father might like to get better, he might let you get him headphones and a battery-run CD player and a few CDs of violin music. It also helps to colour circular patterns, which can be printed free from the internet, but from the look of your father’s living arrangement that might be more difficult to set up.

      Daniel’s last recovery took 11 months, but that might have been delayed because he stayed on medication longer than he needed to. He had one completely normal day at about the 6-month point and if I had taken him off medication he might have been OK at that point.

      By the way, the reason your writing is helping you is because it strengthens the left hemisphere of your brain, which is where the language center is located. Listening to music works even better!


      • Jean says:

        Am I the only one who finds this article odd? It skips around, doesn’t tell even very important parts of the story (what drugs was daniel on/addicted to, how did they lead to his psychosis?), and generally draws conclusions without arguing for them, or presents information as if it has obvious significance without telling us what it is (e.g. what is the significance of the 4-minute cycle? What does it being a cycle prove that wouldn’t have been proved if it had not been a cycle but a less-patterned variability in cognition?)
        If Daniel’s schizophrenia was drug-induced, then what relation does that drug syndrome have to middle ear issues?
        You say you have proven that schizophrenia (and every other mental health problem) is down to one single, organic cause: the middle ear. Wow. You must see how simple an explanation that is for such a vast, complex set of thoughts/behaviors/organ systems as that encompassed by everything from dyslexia to depression to schizophrenia to bipolar to chronic fatigue. It may still be the explanations, but damn… you’ve really got to present compelling evidence.

        • WildRose says:

          Hi, Jean,
          The compelling evidence is in my 450-page book, a very brief synopsis of which is in my 100-page monograph. I cannot reproduce the complexity of my paradigm and the steps by which I came to it on this blog. I hope you will be interested enough to read my book because it builds carefully and methodically the learning I attained that led to my discovery of the role of the middle ear in mental illness, and indeed in most behaviour including the range of normal.

          Very briefly, chemicals are among the assaults on the body that can harm the stapedius muscle in the middle ear. Other things that harm the ear include loud and low frequency sound, oxygen deprivation, blows to the head, infections, and hormonal disturbances. Some of the drugs that caused schizophrenia in Daniel included a combination of marijuana and hallucinogens, but also prescription antipsychotics.

          My essential discovery — that explains the four-minute cycle — is that the stapedius muscle in the middle ear controls the amount of sound energy that reaches the left brain. If that ear muscle is damaged for any of a number of reasons, the left brain cannot maintain its dominance over the right brain. Impelled by other processes, the hemispheres trade “dominance” every two minutes. That condition of non-dominance characterizes schizophrenia. I explain in detail in my book how the symptoms of schizophrenia and many other forms of mental illness are created by losses of dominance, whether they are regular and persistent, as in dyslexia, Asperger’s, and dyslexia, or sudden and transient, as in bipolarity, panic attacks, and road rage.

          In my study of the symptoms of 107 people trying to get off their SSRIs, I have shown how dozens of those symptoms experienced by people in withdrawal or as residual symptoms are identical to the symptoms of ear-related problems that have been healed by the Tomatis Method, which is a technique for stimulating the ear(s) with filtered high-frequency music. You will likely be as amazed as I was to discover how far-reaching the effects of the health of the ears is on the body.

          Wow, is right. This is a staggering discovery. And while the discovery itself can be expressed simply and briefly, proving it takes more time and space, which is why I have three publications and more in progress.

          My understanding of the neurology involved in the ear-brain connection is enhanced by the writings of the famous French otolaryngologist Dr. Alfred A. Tomatis, and I have expanded on his understanding of the way the ear affects the left hemisphere of the brain. He had believed the ear was pivotal to severe mental illness, but did not understand that when the stapedius muscle in the ear fails, the left hemisphere can no longer communicate with it: the patient lacks volition and cannot make choices about behaviour and cannot control the ear as it does in normal or even in less severely impaired persons.

          Thank you for your interest!

          • him says:

            Laurna your explanantions are extremely one sided and come from experience with only one person and system as a schizophrenic I would say the human givens research is very accurate and REAL not drug induced schizophrenia IS the result of creativity running amuck in the brain. try googling schizophrenia creativity,-novel associations and a lot of other stuff are missing from YOUR theory, my symptoms have reduced greatly without any medication or treatment in the past couple of years. and research actually says the LEFT inner/middle ear might be related to schizophrenia

          • WildRose says:

            Hello, Ronnie,
            I have had computer problems accessing my websites that were resolved yesterday with a new internet service provider. Your question is important to me and I want you to know the delay in my reply was caused by technical difficulties beyond my control.

            While my experience with healing schizophrenia is, to this point, limited to one person who was healed twice with music stimulation to his ears, my research draws together information about the healing of the ears that applies not just to schizophrenia but to a spectrum of ear-related behaviour problems ranging from dyslexia and autism (infantile schizophrenia) to bipolarity, depression, and epilepsy. My writing is not simply based on my observations of Daniel, but of hundreds of other people I have met or lived with and on extensive research pertaining to the ears and to brain function. I am teaching people with Asperger’s. dyslexia, drug addictions, bipolarity, and other ear-driven problems to heal themselves with focused listening to high-frequency music. While one ear or the other is significant, depending on the behavioural syndrome, an essential issue in all of those problems is the strength of the dominance of the left cerebral hemisphere.

            The authors whose research is most vital to my understanding of ear function are Alfred Tomatis and Guy Bérard, French otolaryngologists whose treatment of the ears with sound was revolutionary. I have expanded and corrected some of their erroneous notions of how the ear controls the brain. Both doctors made extremely important contributions to our understanding of how the ear controls the body: Tomatis established the neurology of the phono-laryngeal loop and Bérard distinguished the particular frequencies of sound associated with the behavioural syndromes of the range of depression, and some of the bilateral distortions in audition associated with dyslexia, autism, and aggression. As Daniel moved through a spectrum of behavioural syndromes during his slow recovery from schizophrenia, I had ample opportunity to notice that his dyslexia and schizophrenia were related to how efficiently his ear(s) could process sound. The Tallman Paradigm is about left cerebral dominance that is usually driven by the right ear. The left ear can also drive left dominance, but the neurology is problematical.

            Persons with a tendency to schizophrenia and dyslexia and bipolarity already are overly dependent on their left ears for left cerebral dominance. That is why an infection in the left ear would compromise their left cerebral dominance towards non-dominance, which is my definition of schizophrenia. That does not mean, however, that their right ears are not impaired. The impairment of the right ear and the left ear (Bérard’s “bilateral distortions”) is the condition that underlies dyslexia, autism, schizophrenia, bipolarity, and most other issues that reduce or remove left cerebral dominance. Bérard’s finding regarding suicidal depression is that it usually is the result of frequency deficits at 2 and 8 kilohertz in the left ear; but he did find that condition in the right ear occasionally also associated with suicidal depression.

            I think you have hastily dismissed my considerable research that goes far beyond my observations of a single person, although it was watching his healing process that created my “eureka” moment when I saw that music stimulation was making him increasingly left cerebral dominant. I am indebted to the observations of the American neurologist V.S. Ramachandran for his delineation of the propensities of the cerebral hemispheres. which allowed me to sort the characteristics of Daniel’s alternating phases of cognition. From there, I was able to develop my neurological paradigm, which describes and explains the visual distortions that cause hallucinations, the alterations in vocalization that characterize schizophrenia, and so on.

            Please consider reading my research so that we may continue this conversation in more detail. I do appreciate your interest.

  3. him says:

    “this study shows a greater association between middle-ear disease and schizophrenia than was found in a similar study carried out in 1995.

    This latest study also shows an increase in the odds of developing schizophrenia if a person experiences left-sided middle-ear disease compared to right-sided or bilateral middle-ear disease. ”

    The theory that ear disease can cause insanity by irritatin

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