Auditory system processing is linear and sequential. Visual system processing handles much more information. It is like a message on a tape compared to a picture. There are other valuable benefits however.
There are two kinds of auditory system processing. When we consider eye movements, we might notice our eyes move differently when we are hearing sounds and music than when we are talking to ourselves.
Our brains process language differently to the tonal qualities of sound. Language is mostly a “left brain” function. When someone has damage to his or her left hemisphere from a stroke, the most noticeable problem is with speech. The tonal aspect such as singing or humming can be undisturbed. Stroke victims may be able to sing language as a way to remap this ability.
So, by auditory system processing, I am talking about the tonal aspects. It does include the tone and volume of the words however.
Our animal legacy
If you think about how we talk to animals, this will make it clearer. While my dog links particular sequences of sound to things, he doesn’t really understand language.
He understands “Walkieeeees!” or “Would you like a biscuit?”, but he is probably responding to my tone, rhythm and volume. He thinks he is talking to me when he makes noises such as “owww eeeee yer ooo”, but that’s probably what my talk sounds like to him.
Our out of Conscious Awareness
Have you ever thought, “I just don’t like his tone”? They are saying all the right things, but it just isn’t ringing true. In our very conscious world, we can lose the ability to notice or validate other kinds of information.
Before we knew language, we responded to other aspects of sound. As babies we knew when someone was happy with us, not just from what we saw, but from how it sounded.
As youngsters, our “instincts” told us that now was not a good time to ask for something. In fact, much of our instinct about other people is from information about these auditory system aspects.
Auditory System Skills
The ability to notice other information in people’s language is a valuable communication skill. Other skills include musical ability and poetry (which is as much about rhythm as language that evokes images).
Consider too, many mechanics rely on things not sounding right. They can hear a knocking that shouldn’t be there, or a rhythm that is disturbed.
When people are processing with their auditory system, they use words such as:
Hear, listen, ask yourself, noisy, rings a bell, deaf, quiet, silence, noise, hush, mute, voice, sound, echo, volume, hum, loud, tune in.
Other clues that someone prefers auditory processing are:
- Pay attention to the tone of the conversation rather than the actual words.
- They have a resonance to their voice and talk at a medium pace.
- They breathe more deeply in their diaphragm.
- Like to talk out problems, ask many questions.
- They enjoy listening to music, talking, and quiet.
- Noise distracts them.
- They sometimes don’t notice what is going on around them visually.
- They prefer to talk on the phone rather than face to face.
Auditory processing eye patterns
A preference for auditory processing show eyes moving right and left more often, or “telephone posture” where she tilts her head as though she were talking on the phone.