Communication and Sound Therapy
There are many aspects to verbal communication and social interaction with others.
To communicate well on a verbal level, one must be able to:
- Hear well
- Translate thoughts into words with fluency
- Speak well
- Feel confident in themselves
- Desire to make contact
Difficulties in any one of these areas restricts the subtle exchange needed for easy conversation.
How our hearing affects our voice
When hearing is impaired, speech is also affected.
Ear specialist and Sound Therapy pioneer Dr Alfred Tomatis initially worked with singers who had lost certain frequencies in their voices. He found that the dead spots in their voices exactly matched the dead spots on their audiograms (hearing tests). Dr Tomatis discovered that the voice cannot produce a sound that we cannot hear, because self-listening is integral to voice production. This relationship has been named "The Tomatis Effect".
Therefore when hearing is impaired, the voice becomes monotone and lifeless and lacks the qualities to inspire active listening in others. By correcting their hearing using the Electronic Ear that he created that is central to Sound Therapy, Dr Tomatis restored the missing frequencies to their voices.
As Sound Therapy repairs distortions in the listening curve, the range and quality of the voice is also enhanced.
Active listening and selective hearing
Early in his research, Dr Tomatis discovered that the results of hearing tests varied greatly depending on the subject's motivation to demonstrate a good or bad level of hearing. He discovered a voluntary, though unconscious, element to our ability to hear.
Listening means that we direct our ears to actively tune in to selected sounds. A person who cannot tune in some sounds and tune out others will be unable to follow a conversation in a noisy environment and may therefore appear standoffish or anti-social. This is sometimes called the "Cocktail Party Syndrome".
Sound Therapy re-educates the selective ability of the ear, enabling listening to become a focused, motivated response to sound.
How Sound Therapy can improve communication
Sound Therapy International programs use classical music that has been filtered through the Electronic Ear device designed by Dr Tomatis, using specific algorithms and activation filters so that it becomes a concentrated program to rehabilitate the ear and stimulate the brain.
The secret to achieving the permanent reparation of hearing lies in the gymnastic effect of the Electronic Ear upon the hearing mechanism. The Electronic Ear does more than simply present a corrected sound scope to the ear - it presents fluctuating sounds, alternating through high and low channels so that the ear is constantly forced to adjust between high and low tones. This gymnasticises the middle ear muscles, giving the ear a complete work-out in the act of listening. The muscles thus regain their natural tone, which accounts on a physical level for the improved hearing.
Rehabilitating the Middle Ear Muscles
Dr Tomatis postulated that the middle ear muscles (the hammer and stirrup muscles) play a role in determining which sounds the ear will focus on. They change the tension on the ear drum and other membranes, allowing the ear to tune in exactly to a certain sound input.
The fluctuating high and low tones and boosted high frequencies which are added by the Sound Therapy filtering system stimulate the middle ear muscles in a unique way to restore tone to the musculature of the ear and pharynx (throat), literally giving the ear muscles a gym workout. Circulation to the area is increased and healing is stimulated.
The gymnastic rehabilitation of the middle ear muscles caused by Sound Therapy improves the ability to differentiate sound from background noise.
Learn more about how Sound Therapy rehabilitates the ears.
Correcting Auditory Processing
Auditory processing is the ability of the brain to sort and make sense of different, simultaneous auditory inputs.
The ear is the end organ through which the auditory parts of the brain can be stimulated. Sound Therapy activates numerous language centres and builds more efficient connections between the right ear and the left brain hemisphere, which houses the auditory and language processing centres. The organised harmonic structure of classical music with its stimulating effect, further enhanced by the activation introduced by the filtering algorithms on Dr Tomatis' "Electronic Ear", has proved an effective way to increase the efficiency of the brain in processing and interpreting auditory information.
Listeners often notice an improved ability to express their thoughts and an increase in memory and concentration.
The evolution of our listening ability plays a vital role in our social and psychological development from an early age. Psychological blocks are often accompanied by a closing down of some elements of the listening process. Interruption in the development of the listening function at an early age can result in emotional withdrawal or maladjustment and may produce severe behavioural or learning problems.
As the ear is reintroduced to high frequency sound through Sound Therapy, an opening can happen simultaneously on both an auditory and psychological level. This frequently leads to the resolution of chronic emotional patterns and increases one's willingness to reach out and connect with others.
Which Sound Therapy International Program should I use?
For adults, the best Sound Therapy program to start with to improve communication is the Listening Foundation Program. For most, this program is all they need to successfully overcome communication difficulties.
For children, the Family program is a fantastic option, as it includes the "Let's Recite" album for them to read out loud with.
Please note: Sound Therapy is a rehabilitation program, and as such, it takes time for improvement. Persistence is essential.
Listener's Success Stories
- My grand daughter started on the system only 4 days ago and my wife my daughter and myself cannot believe the unbelievable improvement in that short amount of time. Her phonics were incoherant to the average person due to her inability to create the correct sounds. For "you" she would say "woo" and mostly I would have to ask her to repeat it or my daughter would tell me what she said. She would also say in sentence "me" instead of "I" so she would say me "Me love woo pop" and she would find it hard to string more than two to three words in a sentence. Today which is the 4th day on the system, 2 hours in the morning and three hours at night, she said to my wife as clear as a bell in the shoe shop today "I don't want those shoes I want the other ones". My wife Lyn was gobsmacked.
- Lisa says she just loves wearing the system and listening to it. She dances and acts like a conductor, watches tv and reads books with it on.
- I came home tonight and she was totally coherant and she sald "me" a couple of times. When Lisa corrected her she was saying "I" frequently and when she did we gave her a clap. On the way out she said "I love you pop".
- As a holistic neurofeedback and biofeedback practitioner I have never seen anyone learn so fast and it happened to be my Grand daughter. Unbelievable product Simone
- Will Bayley
28 November 2012
- Not only has Sound Therapy enhanced my learning capabilities, but it has greatly increased my confidence in speaking.
- Being a graduate student means that you must be able to speak with authority to groups of highly intelligent people. In the past I have been too shy and self-doubting to give such presentations with any confidence. They were the most anxiety-provoking situations of my life. My hands used to shake and I would be wet with perspiration before beginning to speak.
- Not anymore.
- I carry my Sony Walkman and tapes in my briefcase, and for a time before speaking I immerse myself in the recharging sounds of the
music. I find then that I am perfectly at ease before large groups, and my presentations go without a hitch.
- Sound Therapy has helped me so much with my professional life that I've given it my own special name; I call it Confidence Therapy, because confidence was the area in which I was most lacking, and I now feel like a new man!
- Jeff Johnson
- I would be at a meeting where I had to present the findings of a piece of research and all of a sudden, I would lose the thread of what I was trying to say. Also, I often had great difficulty in finding the right words. As a result of Sound Therapy these problems have eased considerably.
- Dr Vera Sauran
- I find myself able and willing to communicate with people. It is easier to smile and reciprocate love.
- William A. Whiteside
- More alert, able to converse better, sharper wits.
- Judith Gray
- Public speaking much improved, being more confident and relaxed around people.
- Max Gray
- I have had an elusive speech problem since childhood. Sometimes the speech was fluent and easy; other times it simply would not come out. I literally could not talk. Most people were not aware of it, since I 'cleverly' disguised my problem by acting 'professorial' - thinking a lot and talking very little and slowly. All of this had a devastating effect on my personality, creating mood swings which were violent and unexpected. Resultingly, depression became an old, old friend.
- Now this is all changed. I can talk! Mood swings are very mild and no longer a problem. I truly feel that I am being myself for the first time in my life. I know who I am. Energy is greatly increased; stamina and endurance greatly improved. I sleep from two to four hours a night and awake feeling marvellous. Just call me Lazarus!
- James Bragg
Want more information?
Want to learn more before trying Sound Therapy to improve your communication?
The book Sound Therapy: Music to Recharge Your Brain details the history of Sound Therapy and how it helps a wide variety of conditions. It includes the most recent updates on related research include neuroplasticity.
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