Improving Memory with Sound Therapy
Memory is far more than a necessary tool for daily activities. Our memory gives us our sense of who we are. Our personal identity, life roles and self awareness all depend on memory. Memory is improved by brain stimulation
It happens to all of us. You go into a room to get something, then you stop dead in your tracks and realise you have no idea why you came into that room. You rack your brains but can't remember. So you go back to what you were doing before, and the memory comes flashing back. This occurs more frequently as we get older and our synapses are not firing as effectively.
When brain degradation sets in and memory is lost, such as with dementia and Alzheimer's Disease, you no longer learn, fail to recognise your loved ones, and eventually forget who you are entirely. Keeping your brain stimulated, firing and well connected is essential to making life meaningful.
Building new brain connections
Our neurons, the unique cells that make up the brain, are connected by tiny branching filaments called dendrites and longer ones called axons, which link more distant parts of the brain.
To illustrate the immense intricacy of this network, brain educator Dr Susan Greenfield uses the example that there are as many neurons in your brain as there are trees in the Amazon rainforest, and there are as many axons and dendrites connecting those neurons as there are leaves on those trees.
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 stimulate the brain.
New connections may be formed each time a neuron fires, so stimulating the neurons to fire actually builds and increases our neural network. Sound Therapy is so effective for memory because it stimulates our neurons to fire, and thereby builds new brain connections.
The auditory (hearing) system is responsible for 85% of ongoing cortical activity. High frequency sound, such as that used in the Sound Therapy programs, is the most effective sensory input to achieve this stimulation because sound registers at all three levels of the brain: the brain stem, the emotional mid brain, and the cerebral cortex. Sound Therapy causes neural firing in complex patterns which engage many different sensory and perceptive areas such as the auditory cortex, hypothalamus, and limbic system.
Learn more about how Sound Therapy stimulates the brain.
Easing and preventing dementia
Dementia is the loss of memory, attention and cognitive ability due to progressive brain damage or deterioration, usually associated with aging. Dementia may be caused by a series of small strokes, or it may be due to Alzheimer's Disease, a degenerative condition where brain tissue progressively withers and shrinks.
Sound Therapy may delay the progress of dementia and make life more pleasant and manageable for both the patient and their carers. Carers and family members have observed that the dementia sufferer becomes happier, more co-operative, more aware, and more like their old self.
In early stages of dementia, Sound Therapy can be introduced with ease, used during the day or at night while sleeping. It will generally be welcomed by the patient and may give them an immediate sense of relief and inner connection and balance.
Sarsha Carpenter's Story
In 2002 Sarsha was struck down with 2 strokes and she lost a great deal of memory and language skills. Her family were informed that she probably wouldn't be able to finish University and her language skills couldn't be guaranteed to return. But she knew her only chance at this point was sound therapy so she started listening to her sound therapy 24 hours a day. By the end of 2 months she was back at university she had made a full recovery and was back at university, and graduated the following December.'
How to use Sound Therapy to improve memory
Using Sound Therapy to improve memory is simply a matter of putting the headphones on and listening to the Sound Therapy program at a low volume.
You can use a Sound Therapy International program in the comfort of your own home as you go about your day-to-day activities or while sleeping. There is no need to travel to a clinic for regular treatment.
These Sound Therapy programs are clinically proven, used in hundreds of clinics for over 60 years, and available in a portable format for over 25 years.
Which Sound Therapy International Program should I use?
The best Sound Therapy program to use for improving memory is the Listening Foundation Program. Advanced programs with higher levels of filtering are also available after 300 hours of listening.
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Want to learn more before trying Sound Therapy?
The book Sound Therapy: Music to Recharge Your Brain details the history of Sound Therapy and how sound can be used to enhance auditory pathways and improve brain function.
Updated in late 2009, it includes the most recent updates on related research including neuroplasticity.
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