The Auditory System And The Sensory System

the auditory system and the sensory system

The Auditory System is the system in our body for interpreting sounds (not just hearing). The Sensory System is the system in our bodies that helps us interpret the world and be able to tell what is important.  Our senses: touch, sight, hearing, smell, taste and balance.

Auditory input comes through our ears.  

Auditory input comes through our ears. The auditory system is then able to decipher and gauge a sound’s importance, if we’ve heard it before, where the sound is coming from, how close it is to us, etc.

The brain receives the input from the auditory system and must determine which sounds mean safety, which ones need immediate attention and which can be ignored for the moment as part of the environment.

Auditory processing is interpreting the sounds we hear.  

It’s simple to tell when a child is overstimulated by auditory input.  They cover their ears, don’t want to go to a music class, cry when a fire truck passes blaring their sirens, hates it when the doorbell rings, etc.

On the other hand, those children seeking auditory input just can NOT use an inside voice.  They constantly tap their pencil, kick a chair, shout during quiet time, want the music louder, seemed to calm down by loud noises, etc.

Or those children that seem to always be in a daydream or never seem to hear you. These children could very likely have an under-responsive auditory system.

What makes the auditory system so important?

Dayna at Lemon Lime Adventures explained it like this,

“The auditory system is responsible for memory, sequencing, comparing and contrasting sounds, association of sounds to particular symbols such as letters/numbers/musical notes, and most importantly attention. The problem occurs when a child is either over or under responsive to receiving information from this system.” 

We process sounds and gather information to be able to interpret those sounds and determine if the world around us is safe and trustworthy. 

Children require this awareness, input and interpreting for proper development. 

So what does all this have to do with pediatric chiropractic?

Well, so glad you asked.  Pediatric chiropractic adjustments readjusts a child’s nervous system. This readjustment allows the sensory system to be “plugged” back in properly.  Remember one of the senses of our body is balance. About 80% of the sensory input our brain receives comes from our spine. With the sensory system reengaged, the brain regains control to regulate the systems of the body correctly (including the auditory system).

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