What is Sound Therapy?
Sound Therapy is a therapeutic self-help listening program which uses specially recorded classical music on a portable player with headphones to enhance your ear and brain performance and improve your life.
Many types of healing with sound may be called "sound therapy". Some use voice, music, tuning forks or other instruments. The type of Sound Therapy produced by Sound Therapy International is unique. It is based on the discoveries of French ear specialist Dr Alfred Tomatis (1920 - 2001), who in 1946 developed his own branch of research known as audio-psycho-phonology, which bridges medicine, psychology, music therapy, speech therapy, and special education.
First conceived in France, adapted for portability in Canada and now based in Australia, the Sound Therapy International listening programs have been developed by a team of health and technical professionals and offers you a unique program that is portable, affordable and easy to use.
How does Sound Therapy work?
Sound Therapy International programs use classical music that has been filtered through a specialist device - the Electronic Ear designed by Dr Tomatis - using specific algorithms and activation filters so that it becomes a concentrated program to stimulate the entire auditory pathway, from the eardrum to the auditory cortex.
The complex rhythms, harmonies and melodies of the classical music stimulate the brain and soothe the nervous system. The lower frequencies are progressively filtered out while leaving the high frequencies intact, and the sounds fluctuate between the high and low channels, forcing the ear to constantly adjust between the different tones. This gives the ear a complete work-out in the act of listening, and serves to rehabilitate the ear.
In addition, an emphasis is placed on the music entering through the right ear to encourage right ear dominance.
The filtering on the Sound Therapy programs is introduced to the ear gradually. This requires a program consisting of 6 hours of music, which is spread out over 4 albums. A benefit of having so many hours of music is that you or your child won't become bored listening to the same album over and over again.
Just listening to normal classical music does not mean that you are achieving the retraining of Sound Therapy. The specific frequencies and contrasting tones in Sound Therapy stimulate the neural pathways to trigger a response in the middle ear muscles which leads to a gradual reconditioning of the auditory system and regeneration of brain energy.
How does Sound Therapy differ from other therapeutic listening programs?
Sound applications such as SuperLearning, Holosynch or Hemisynch use specific rhythms to slow down brain waves and induce greater states of relaxation. They require your full focus to be effective.
Sound Therapy is different in that it uses varied frequencies to physically reactivate the ear. By stimulating and enhancing ear function, the therapy has a profound restorative effect on the brain and the entire nervous system. Sound Therapy impacts on many ear related and neurological conditions not addressed by other methods.
Since the ear responds to sound whether we are conscious of it or not, Sound Therapy does not require conscious attention to work. Hence it can be played as you are engaged in other activities.
Another big difference is that our Sound Therapy programs cost up to 90% less than other listening programs!
Is Sound Therapy Subliminal?
No, there are no subliminal messages on the Sound Therapy progams.
You do not have to listen consciously to Sound Therapy because it works physically on the ear and its nerve endings.
How to use Sound Therapy
The self-training Sound Therapy International programs simply involve listening to filtered music through ear phones on a portable player at a very low volume, during daily activities or sleep, in the privacy of your own home or while you are out and about.
It won't take any extra time out of your normal daily routine. With a listener's manual plus support from your Sound Therapy consultant when needed, you are in control of your own program, and can adjust your listening hours to to fit in with your lifestyle.
Headphones are necessary
Headphones need to be worn while listening to Sound Therapy as the high frequency sounds are so subtle that unless they are played directly into the ear, they would not reach the ear at all.
The other reason why the headphones are necessary is that training for right ear dominance is achieved by having more sound go into the right ear.
Sound Therapy programs preloaded on the Mini MX2 player come with headphones suitable for Sound Therapy. It is not necessary to purchase an additional set unless you would like a different pair for sleeping or to use with ear muffs etc.
Keep the volume level as low as possible
The volume should be adjusted so that you can just hear the music in a quiet room (don't turn it up when you go into a noisy environment!) Having to turn the music down is a good indication that the program is working for you.
Because the volume is so low and played on a portable player with headphones, you can listen to Sound Therapy while undertaking just about any activity, including jogging, reading, studying, watching TV, working on the computer, travelling, driving the car, having a conversation, or even sleeping.
For more information about Sound Therapy, we recommend you read the book "Sound Therapy: Music to Recharge Your Brain" by Patricia Joudry & Rafaele Joudry.
It contains detailed information about how Sound Therapy was developed, how it helps various ear and brain conditions, and stories from listeners around the world talking about their experiences with Sound Therapy.