Sound Therapy Research Summary

Sound Therapy International aims to raise world wide awareness so that all associated specialties and professions will include Sound Therapy in their recommendations. A summary of the science of the Tomatis method and ongoing sound therapy research is given here, references included.

Background on Sound Therapy Research

In the 1940s Dr Tomatis, a Paris based ear, nose and throat specialist conducted clinical trials with singers, aeroplane mechanics and others to determine how their hearing was affected and whether it could be improved.

He went on to develop a method of treatment which addresses hearing and listening from both the physical and the psychological aspects. Through his experiments he also discovered that high frequency sounds, softly played stimulate and replenish brain energy, and are in fact essential for optimum functioning of the cortex.

The Tomatis Method

As his initial concern was with hearing loss, Tomatis’ first experiments dealt with altering the auditory curve.

When there is loss of hearing in a particular frequency it is generally not a total loss – it just means that those frequencies where there is a scotoma are heard at a lower level. Tomatis designed an apparatus called the Electronic Ear, which could manipulate the frequencies of sounds, so it could match a sound to the person’s auditory curve, or it could do the opposite. It could boost the deficient frequencies to make the person hear as a normal ear would hear.

Initially Tomatis worked with singers who had lost certain frequencies from their voices. He found that the dead spots in the voice exactly matched the dead spots on the audiogram, and by correcting the hearing with the Electronic Ear he could restore the missing frequencies to the voice.

Thus he formed his first law: “The voice contains only those sounds that the ear can hear.” This discovery was given official recognition in 1957 by the French Academy of Science as the “Tomatis Effect.” In 1958 Tomatis’ invention, the Electronic Ear won a gold medal for scientific research at the Brussels International Exposition.

The Self Help Method

Patricia Joudry, a Canadian author, underwent the Tomatis treatment in the late 1970s and experienced total relief of her chronic insomnia, exhaustion, writers block and the listening disorder for which she was first referred to the treatment. This is known as “The Cocktail Effect”, which is the inability to discriminate between different sounds in a noisy environment.

Patricia and her daughter, Rafaele Joudry, then released the self help Sound Therapy audio program along with their book: Sound Therapy: Music to Recharge your Brain. Rafaele has since published two further books entitled Triumph Over Tinnitus and Why Aren’t I learning?

Research Results

In the last few decades there have been numerous controlled studies, surveys, clinical experiments and case histories, which confirm the benefits of the Tomatis method for a variety of conditions. A summary of these sound therapy research studies follows.

Tinnitus, hearing and associated problems

Jordan (1989) treated between two and three hundred people who had been seen by an ENT specialist and told that nothing could be done for their tinnitus. He undertook a clinical study and reported that for the majority of patients Sound Therapy alleviated their tinnitus to the point where they were able to enjoy life a lot more. Some of the younger patients achieved total remission and as they were not on any medication there were no apparent contributing factors other than the Sound Therapy. A number of Jordan’s patients also reported an improvement in their hearing.

Joudry, (1994) conducted a three year survey of 388 respondents where 45% to 100% of subjects showed symptomatic improvement in tinnitus, hearing loss, stress, fatigue, sleep problems, learning difficulties, speech problems, depression, headaches, jet lag and general well being. 93% of subjects observed some positive results in at least one area.

Reading and behaviour

Sandislands (1989) Compared 32 underachieving children with a control group of 40. The treated group showed greater improvements in listening, oral reading and behaviour.

Rintel and Rintel (1995) conducted a study in Brisbane in 1995 using the Joudry Sound Therapy program on children in a remedial learning program. An experimental and a control group were used, each consisting of seven children. Five normed tests were administrated to the children. The general trend was that the experimental group advanced faster than the control group in Distractibility, Overactive behaviour, Reading improvement, Left/right confusion and Misinterpretation of questions.

Bell, (1991) ran a case study using the Joudry program on a Year 2 boy with delayed development who showed improved social behaviour and began to read.

Voice

Weiss (1985) found that three theatre students after seven months of Sound Therapy showed a shift of vocal energy to the higher frequencies and better articulation.

Language disorders

Wilson (1982) found pre-school language disordered children showed statistically significant improvement in their ability to express thoughts and feelings in words. The study gives a strong indication that the Tomatis approach is useful when used with pre-school learning disabled children.

Van Wyk, (1974) compared 20 stutterers with 20 normal speakers and found that more stutterers have left ear dominance, confirming Tomatis’ hypothesis of the importance of right auditory laterality.

Badenhorst (1975) found that right-eared people communicate more easily, confirming Dr Tomatis’ theory of right ear dominance.

Jaarsveld (1974) found in a group of 43 stutterers, 82% got significant relief from the treatment and 54% retained the improvement for a year or more.

Self Concept

Gilmor (1982) Found improvement in children and adolescents’ self concept, social and family relations and certain language and motor skills.

IQ

Rourke and Russel (1982) compared experimental and control groups and found improvement in IQ of learning disabled children under Tomatis treatment.

Dyslexia

Roy and Roy (1980) examined the effect of the Tomatis method on five dyslexic boys and showed improved cognitive control and audio-vocal control in four of the subjects.

Anxiety and depression

Peche (1975) studied a group of 10 students and found that Sound Therapy helps to alleviate anxiety and remove psychic blocks, indicating its benefits in conjunction with psychotherapy.

Botes (1979) found improved relationships and self-concept in an in depth study of three clients with neurotic depression.

Du Plesis (1982) in a long term study over 14 months with subjects carefully selected from a survey of 424 people, showed improved mental health and self actualization for both 10 anxious and 10 non anxious people as compared to a control group.

Intellectual disability

De Bruto (1983) found a statistically significant increase in the mental age of profoundly retarded children after Tomatis treatment.

REFERENCES

  1. Bell, E. An Ethnographic Report and Evaluation of the Implementation of Audio­Psycho-Phonology (Sound Therapy) in the Support of Timothy. Griffith University Thesis (unpub.) 1991.
  2. Joudry, P. and Joudry, R. Sound Therapy: Music to Recharge your Brain. Sound Therapy Australia, Sydney 1999
  3. Joudry, R. Sound Therapy Manual for Practitioners, Sound Therapy Australia, Sydney 2000
  4. Jordan (1989), personal correspondence, cited in Joudry, R. Sound Therapy Manual for Practitioners, Sound Therapy, Sound Therapy Australia, Sydney 2000.
  5. Rintel, E and D. Sound Therapy for the Learning Disabled Child: The Effect of High Frequency Filtered Music on Listening and Learning Ability. Brisbane, 1995.
  6. Sandislands, M. The Tomatis Listening Training Program: A Quasi-Experimental Field Evaluation, International Journal of Special Education 1989
  7. Stutt, Howard A. The Tomatis Method: A Review of Current Research. McGill University, 1983.
  8. Tomatis, A.A. The Conscious Ear. Station Hill Press. New York, 1991.
  9. Ivan Jaarsveld, P.E. and du Plessis, W.F.
  10. Audio-psycho-phonology at Potchefstroom: A review. Potchefstroom University of Higher Education, 1988.
  11. Wilson, B.C., Iacoviello, J.M., Metlay W., Risucci D., Rosati, R. & Palmaccio, T., Tomatis Project Final Report. The Listening Centre, Ontario,1992.

Men hear better than women…at parties

Men hear better than women – at parties 

Men are more capable of separating relevant sounds from background noise at parties, a German study has found. The reason may be that in the early days of humanity men were the ones who went hunting for food.

Many of us know the situation; at a party you would like to talk to a person but this can be quite exhausting due to the background noise. The words of your conversation partner are drowned out by the conversation of others and the music. We have to concentrate on the voice of the person we are talking to and separate the relevant sounds from the background noise. Our attention system is therefore highly stressed. This is known as “the cocktail party phenomenon”.

German researchers have found that men hear better at parties and are more capable of separating relevant sounds from the background noise.

Natural selection and evolution

The researchers from the Neurological Clinic of the University Hospital and the Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research (HIH) in Tübingen, Germany, found that the audio-spatial abilities of men are more highly developed than those of women. The researchers think that men’s ability to hear better at parties may be due to the different evolutionary requirements of the sexes. Over time men have developed these spatial abilities as a result of natural and sexual selection throughout human evolution.

“Men were the ones who hunted for food. Here, attention performance was extremely important. Thus prey could be localised by noise before it could be seen,” said Ida Zündorf and Prof. Hans Otto Karnath from the University Hospital in Tübingen.

The study

In the study, the participants were asked to listen to sounds and determine the location of the sound source. In a first test, sounds were presented one at a time and both women and men accomplished the task with great accuracy. In a further test, several sounds were presented at the same time and the participants had to focus on and localise only one sound. The latter was much more difficult for women. In some cases women even thought that the sounds were coming from the opposite direction.

Source: Hörakustik, 9/2011, www.sciencedaily.com

http://www.press.hear-it.org/Men-hear-better-than-women—at-parties-1

Rintel research study explores the link between children’s hearing, reading and spelling abilities

Elizabeth Rintel and Derek Rintel conducted a study in Brisbane in 1995 using the Joudry Sound Therapy system on children in a remedial learning program. An experimental and a control group were used, each consisting of seven children. The experimental group (E group) received the Joudry Sound Therapy listening program and the control group (C group) listened to the same music without the Sound Therapy recording method. Due to time limitations the children received only 32 hours of treatment, which is less than the recommended minimum of 100 hours. This study can therefore be said to only partially demonstrate the effectiveness of the program.

Five normed tests were administered to the children. These were:
1) Test of Auditory discrimination (TAD); Goldman-Fristoe-Woodcock. (AGS 1970) revised 1976 using a standard audio cassette.
2) Neale Analysis of Reading Revised (Neale 1987)
3) Neale Analysis of Reading Revised (Neale Comprehension.)
4) Westwoood Spelling (1979)
5) Schonell Spelling Test

Parent and teacher observations were recorded on: Distractability, Overactive behavior, Reading improvement, Left/right confusion and Misinterpretation of questions.

The general trend on most of the indices of standard tests and parent-teacher observations was that the experimental group advanced faster than the control group.

The Psychology Of Hearing (long)

The Psychology of Hearing

By Rafaele Joudry

 

The role of psychology in our hearing and the psychological implications of the whole hearing process have been explored in depth by the french ear doctor, Alfred Tomatis, over the past fifty years. Tomatis distinguished between hearing as a passive process and listening as a conscious, volitional act. We are capable of tuning out our listening or of focusing it on a subject that interests us. The ear is directed by the mind, and without this direction it does not function.

 

Both the physical and psychological aspects of hearing begin earlier than we may think.

Hearing is our means of verbal communication and thus it is the foundation upon which human relationships are built. The first of these relationships is always the relationship with the mother, which begins in the womb. Dr Alfred Tomatis was one of the first to investigate the auditory environment of the foetus. His theory was that the auditory relationship between baby and mother lays the foundation for all our other relationships and is therefore the crucial point of intervention to bring about change in the person’s psychological response to sound and language.

 

Dr Tomatis was one of the first to postulate that the foetus hears in the womb.

He was fascinated by an observation of Negus, author of The Mechanisms of the Larynx, that if the eggs of songbirds are hatched under silent foster mothers they produce songless young. Tomatis surmised that the audio-phonitary conditioning which occurs in the womb prepares the ability to speak. Later Konrad Lorenz, Nobel Prize winner 1973, spoke and sang to duck eggs in an incubator and so proved that ducklings became accustomed to his voice in the egg and responded to it after hatching. Tomatis’s belief that this also applied to humans was confirmed by Andre Thomas who did experiments where a baby less than ten days old responded to the mother’s voice by falling in her direction. Is 1962 Dr Lee Salk proved that the foetus is aware of the mother’s heartbeat. Tomatis, however, was the first to assert that the foetus hears and acclimatises to the mother’s voice in the womb. He takes this further and says that the foetus draws all of its emotional material from its mother’s voice.

 

Dr Tomatis speaks of ‘the opening of the ear’, an occurrence which happens on the combined physical and psychological levels. It can be gradual or sudden, dramatic or almost imperceptible. It means that the ear has regained its natural, full responsiveness to sound. The degree of noticeable effect depends on the degree to which the ear was closed off to sound. It also means that the psyche has adjusted and opened its receptivity to sound and that early psycho-accoustic traumas have been released.

 

One of the pre-requisites to the ear opening is the rehabilitation of the middle ear muscles. Another is sometimes a psychological shift which allows sound to impact the psyche on a deeper level. Another component can be the rearranging of the route by which sound is conveyed to the auditory cortex so that there is a direct and efficient relationship between ear and brain.

These changes can be effected by the Sound Therapy listening program which Tomatis developed and which is now available as a self help program on cassette tape.

 

The effect, once the ear has opened is that the brain is receptive to the re-charging effect of high frequency sounds. At this point, listening to Sound Therapy music recorded with Tomatis’ Electronic Ear filtering method will increase the energy levels of the listener as well as helping in many cases to resolve deep, psychological blocks. Tomatis states that the original functions of the ear in our evolution were to maintain balance and to provide the brain with energy. Language is a secondary and later function in our evolution. The larynx is part of the breathing system and the mouth, lips and palate are part of the digestive system, also put into the service of speech and language.

 

The following is a quotation from the book Sound Therapy: Music to Recharge Your Brain by Patricia Joudry  and Rafaele Joudry.

 

“Dr. Sarkissof, a psychoanalyst, speaking at the International Congress of the SECRAP in 1972, describes certain patients whom he had agreed to analyse, rather reluctantly, not holding a great deal of hope for their cure. He states: “The results of these analyses confirmed my doubts as to the possibility of completely curing these patients. The more time passed the more I doubted that I could succeed in obtaining anything more than an improvement of their condition — I decided to let them undergo treatment with the Tomatis apparatus. Not only did they accept willingly, but they accepted with gratitude and high hopes, and I realised, although they had not spoken of it, that all of them were fully aware that treatment by psychoanalysis alone could not completely cure them. The material they offered at the sessions then changed radically. In each of them the Tomatis apparatus brought to light fantasies of a return to the mother’s breast and to birth, and the analysis of these fantasies was accompanied by a clearly visible transformation of their entire personality. All these patients shared a core of unconscious autism: their emotional contacts were without warmth and life, their analyses went round in circles without uncovering any particular cause of resistance, which meant a basic difficulty in communication. Sound Therapy rapidly reduced this core of autism. In the space of a few months, the autism gave way to a joyful, outgoing self-awareness, and their co-operation in the analysis became fruitful. My personal reservations regarding these patients gave way to great optimism as to their ability to get well completely. One of the patients expressed his astonishment at noting that he had suddenly become capable of making great progress, readily and without anxiety, while he remembered that before the treatment, the efforts demanded of him in psychoanalysis seemed immense and completely out of proportion to the slight progress he made. He considered the Tomatis treatment a very valuable short cut, which made him feel that he was making a game of his difficulties.”

 

Sonic Birth

It has been said that we are all homesick for the womb. In the days just after birth the infant’s ear is still filled with liquid, so it continues to hear through a liquidian milieu. When the ear drains, it has to adjust to hearing through air, and this is when birth becomes realised on the auditory plane. The filtered sounds of Sound Therapy imitate the uterine auditory environment so that the listener re experiences the birth through the auditory sense. Sometimes this is accompanied by visions or memories of the birth or of being at the mother’s breast. Sonic birth is the reliving of the birth experience and transition into the world through sound.

 

Sound Therapy and Autism

Tomatis describes autism as an animal state in which the person’s deep sorrow imprisons them in darkness, removed from the world of human emotions. Yet, he says, just a glimmer of awareness could reanimate them. Tomatis used his method in the clinical treatment of autistic children over some years. He observed that in the early stages of Sound Therapy the child may become quite distant and indifferent, but there would be a stage where he comes to accept his mother’s voice and at that point he would often burst into a flood of tears. After that there was usually a great rapprochement with the mother, an increase in language and a willingness to risk emotional expression.

 

Treating the mother

Tomatis always treated the mother as well as the child. He found that by connecting the mother to the same wavelength as the child Sound Therapy made it easier for the two to communicate. This helped to remove blocks, resentments and misunderstandings that may have existed between the mother and child. This was helpful in treating any patient, but was particular relevant when dealing with autism. A highly sensitive being, the autistic child needs to feel total acceptance before it will emerge from psychic isolation. The attunement with the mother introduced by Sound Therapy helps to make this possible.

 

Involving the father

Tomatis believes that the father represents the experience of ‘other’, the first experience of reaching beyond the inner circle of self and mother from which the child takes its safety. The father also represents the introduction of language and the articulation of the self as a separate entity in the world. The involvement of the father in Sound Therapy therefore allows for this next step in our early development to be re-experienced in more positive circumstances so we can take new stock of our first creation of ourselves as autonomous and separate beings.

In some instances Sound Therapy could be beneficially applied to adoption. Tomatis recommends that when the birth mother is not available for the mother’s voice technique, the adoptive mother’s voice can be used with success, if the adoptive mother is in fact capable of loving the child.

 

A replication of involving the mother and father in treatment is possible with the special affirmation tapes which are now part of the portable program. Powerful affirmations with a female or male voice, filtered using the Electronic Ear can be used in a way that reprograms the listener’s original self concept and mother-self paradigms. Likewise, the father’s voice tape can be used to assist in recreating the experience of first reaching out to the ‘other’ in a linguistic sense.

 

To begin with, a new listener must start with the basic music tapes to acclimatise the ear to the filtering. Filtering is always introduced gradually because if the filtered sounds were introduced too suddenly this could produce a refusal to accept such a sudden shift into another world. The unaccustomed ear may find the sounds grating or painful. The listener musts be gently led into the new world at a pace that the psyche can easily handle.

 

The auditory pre-birth experience

Once the listener’s ear has opened, the listener is in a receptive psychological state similar to the state of the infant. The recreation of the auditory experience of embryonic life enables the listener to connect with a past distant enough to be untouched by any negative experience. It is as if all obstacles which locked her in a painful situation were finally removed. Going back to this pre-pain time allows for a rebuilding of self, beliefs and behaviours, perhaps now with the benefit of time, and the therapist’s guidance to start creating a fresher and more functional being.

 

Emotional acoustic blocks may be caused by many events such as the lack or prolonged absence of a mother, emotional indifference or inadequacy on her part, the hospitalisation of the baby at the breast, or the isolation of a premature baby kept in an incubator. Where there has been a traumatic childbirth it may be useful to relive the experience after creating more favourable conditions than existed the first time.

 

Author and speaker Rafaele Joudry BSW was raised in the fifties by a radical mother who believed in unconditional love, extended breast feeding and respect and nurturance for the child: many of the child raising ideas that have become a lot more accepted today. Rafaele and her mother popularised the work of Dr Tomatis with their books and portable audio cassette program and Rafaele now lectures to many professional groups on the use of the method in Australia. Her most recent book, Triumph Over Tinnitus includes a variety of treatments both wholistic and conventional, physical and psychological to assist with the troubling condition of ringing in the ears.

 

For more information contact Rafaele Joudry at Sound Therapy International 02 9665-1777 www.soundtherapyinternational.com

 

 

Sonic Birth To Open The Ear

Sonic Birth to Open the Ear and Heal the Heart

 

Rev Sarsha Carpenter, Psychologist and healer, has travelled her own long road to recovery. She was introduced to Sound Therapy during her studies, to help her tinnitus which had left her house bound. Immediately Sarsha found she was sleeping through the night for the first time in years. Then her tinnitus faded and her dizzy spells, caused by Meniere’s syndrome, disappeared. She realized that her hearing had improved, when she asked her son to repair the blinker on the car that was making a strange clicking noise. He informed her that the noise had always been there, she just never heard it before!

 

A grave setback came when, in her final year of study, Sarsha had two strokes and lost her ability to speak. Doctors said she would never finish her degree. She listened to Sound Therapy 24 hours a day and in two months had made a full recovery and graduated the following December.

 

Sarsha now cares for her father, who has dementia. She started him on Sound Therapy and was amazed that he suddenly became a caring person, interested in hearing about her day.

 

While it helps ear disorders, stress, sleep problems and learning difficulties, one of the most interesting areas of Sound Therapy is its impact on psychology. The role of psychology in our hearing and the psychological implications of the whole hearing process were explored in depth by the French ear doctor, Alfred Tomatis, over the past fifty years. Tomatis distinguished between hearing as a passive process and listening as a conscious, intentional act. We are capable of tuning out our listening or of focusing it on a subject that interests us. The ear is directed by the mind, and without this direction it does not function.

 

Both the physical and psychological aspects of hearing begin earlier than we may think. Hearing is our means of verbal communication and thus it is the foundation upon which human relationships are built. The first of these relationships is always the relationship with the mother, which begins in the womb. Dr Alfred Tomatis was one of the first to investigate the auditory environment of the foetus. His theory was that the auditory relationship between baby and mother lays the foundation for all our other relationships and is therefore the crucial point of intervention to bring about change in the person’s psychological response to sound and language.

 

Opening the Ear

Dr Tomatis speaks of ‘the opening of the ear’, an occurrence which happens on the combined physical and psychological levels. It can be gradual or sudden, dramatic or almost imperceptible. It means that the ear has regained its natural, full responsiveness to sound. The degree of noticeable effect depends on the degree to which the ear was closed off to sound. It also means that the psyche has adjusted and opened its receptivity to sound and that early traumas have been released.

 

One of the ways that Sound Therapy brings about this opening of the ear, is by using sound to exercise the middle ear muscles. Another component can be the rearranging of the route by which sound is conveyed to the auditory cortex so that there is more efficient relationship between the ear and brain.

 

The effect, once the ear has opened is that the brain is receptive to the re-charging effect of high frequency sounds. At this point, listening to Sound Therapy music will increase the energy levels of the listener as well as helping in many cases to resolve deep, psychological blocks. Tomatis states that the original functions of the ear in our evolution were to maintain balance and to provide the brain with energy. Language is a secondary and later function in our evolution.

 

Healing at the Breast

The following is a quotation from the book Sound Therapy: Music to Recharge Your Brain by Patricia Joudry and Rafaele Joudry.

 

“Dr. Sarkissof, a psychoanalyst, speaking at the International Congress of the SECRAP in 1972, describes certain patients whom he had agreed to analyse, rather reluctantly, not holding a great deal of hope for their cure. He states: “The results of these analyses confirmed my doubts as to the possibility of completely curing these patients. The more time passed the more I doubted that I could succeed in obtaining anything more than an improvement of their condition — I decided to let them undergo treatment with the Tomatis apparatus. Not only did they accept willingly, but they accepted with gratitude and high hopes, and I realised, although they had not spoken of it, that all of them were fully aware that treatment by psychoanalysis alone could not completely cure them. The material they offered at the sessions then changed radically. In each of them the Tomatis apparatus brought to light fantasies of a return to the mother’s breast and to birth, and the analysis of these fantasies was accompanied by a clearly visible transformation of their entire personality. All these patients shared a core of unconscious autism: their emotional contacts were without warmth and life, their analyses went round in circles without uncovering any particular cause of resistance, which meant a basic difficulty in communication. Sound Therapy rapidly reduced this core of autism. In the space of a few months, the autism gave way to a joyful, outgoing self-awareness, and their co-operation in the analysis became fruitful. My personal reservations regarding these patients gave way to great optimism as to their ability to get well completely.”

 

Sonic Birth

It has been said that we are all homesick for the womb. In the days just after birth the infant’s ear is still filled with liquid, so it continues to hear through a liquidian milieu. When the ear drains, it has to adjust to hearing through air, and this is when birth becomes realised on the auditory plane. The filtered sounds of Sound Therapy imitate the uterine auditory environment so that the listener re experiences the birth through the auditory sense. Sometimes this is accompanied by visions or memories of the birth or of being at the mother’s breast. Sonic birth is the reliving of the birth experience and transition into the world through sound.

 

Author and speaker Rafaele Joudry BSW was raised in the fifties by a radical mother who believed in unconditional love, extended breast feeding and respect and nurturance for the child: many of the child raising ideas that have become a lot more accepted today. Rafaele and her mother popularised the work of Dr Tomatis with their books and portable audio cassette program and Rafaele and other practitioners now lecture to many groups on the use of the method in Australia. Her second book, Triumph Over Tinnitus includes a variety of treatments both wholistic and conventional, physical and psychological to assist with the troubling condition of ringing in the ears. Her most recent book, Why Aren’t I Learning? : Listening is the Key to Overcoming Learning Difficulties, underscores the importance of early intervention and sensory integration for children experiencing learning, sensory and psychological problems.

 

For more information and a referral for a free consultation in your area contact:

Sound Therapy International on Aust:1300 55 77 96 Int 61-2 4234-4534

 www.soundtherapyinternational.com

 

 

Katies Blocked Ear

Blocked ear and ear drum injury            

An injury or malfunction of the ear can be disturbing and affect many areas of ones life. It may affect hearing, balance and the ability to sing or hear ones own voice correctly. It is helpful to understand the basics of how the ear works and which part has been affected by injury. The ear drum and middle ear are the mechanical and most simple parts of the ear. The eardrum is a membrane, like a piece of skin, blocking the entry to the middle ear. Entry of air is only possible through the back door, which is the Eustachian tube, connecting the middle ear chamber to the back of the throat. If the Eustachian tube gets blocked, air cannot get in and out, leading to a blocked sensation in the ear.

 

But why would this tube be blocked? The most common reason is when you have a cold and it gets blocked with mucous. However this annoying feeling of a blocked ear generally disappears once the cold is better. Some people are prone to get blocked ear when flying or changing altitude. If you are unable to open the Eustachian tube to equalise pressure inside and outside the middle ear chamber, you may a get a pressure lock (called “reverse block” when it occurs in scuba diving) which can be uncomfortable or painful. A more permanent condition is patulous Eustachian tube, which occurs when the Eustachian tube is permanently open, yet it feels as though the ear is permanently blocked.

 

How can this pressure feeling be relieved?                     

One of the two muscles of the middle ear, the hammer muscle, has a branch that serves to open and close the Eustachian tube. If the muscle tends to go into spasm and does not have good tonality the result will be a problem with the ear blocking, popping or being unable to equalise. Temporary relief may be achieved through the use of a natural decongestant like peppermint oil, decreasing dairy or wheat intake or doing body work to relax the head and neck muscles. A portable listening program called Sound Therapy often proves to be the most effective way of overcoming this blocked sensation as it works to restore full function to the hammer muscle. Sound Therapy exercises and re-tones the ear muscles and restores their flexibility, and these problems usually resolve. Katy Fitzgerald had always wanted to sing but her blocked ear prevented her. She was featured in the Sydney Morning Herald speaking of her experience where after numerous therapies and medical interventions she finally got relief through this home based listening therapy. Katie said that after a few weeks of listening: “One day my ear started to clear and it kept getting clearer and clearer. It was a miracle!”

 

Punctured ear drum                                                

After a puncture to the ear drum, whether this has been surgically repaired or not, there will be some remaining scar tissue. (This is also true if someone has had grommets.) Scar tissue reduces the flexibility of the ear drum and may impair the function and subtle movements of the middle ear bones and muscles. High doses of antioxidants can help promote healing by improving blood flow to the ears and removing free radicals. Long term ear injuries such as this will also be helped by Sound Therapy which stimulates movement, and greater balance and vigour in the mechanical mechanisms or the ear. For more information call the Sound Therapy national enquiry line 1300 55 77 96 www.soundtherapyinternational.com

 

Why Arent I Learning 680 Words

Why Aren’t I learning?

Informed parents want the answer

By Rafaele Joudry

 

Children build their sense of the world, contact, meaning and love from listening to their mother’s voice in the womb. Through the miracle of life, the baby’s brain is formed out of neurons, axons and dendrites; patterns and meanings are created as the mother’s voice lays down an imprint of order. No wonder, then, that sound has such a powerful capacity to heal. This was the basis of Dr Tomatis’ remarkable discoveries which launched the field of Sound Therapy.

 

Sound Therapy assists to:

§  Enhance learning and concentration

§  Improve communication and social skills

§  Speed language and literacy acquisition

§  Fine tune coordination

§  Helps child to achieve full potential

 

Sound Therapy works by retraining the ear—activating and building brain pathways so the child’s ability to learn is dramatically enhanced. Connections between the two hemispheres of the brain are strengthened so that thinking and co-ordination improve in many areas. The child’s equilibrium, sense of self-control and self-esteem develop, so naturally, behaviour also improves.

The added stimulation benefits all children, and is especially necessary for those who are a little slower in their development.

Successful listening and learning depend on good auditory processing, which means the ability to translate the stream of vocal speech sounds into words and meaning, and then recreate those sounds as speech.

 

Sensory Integration

Research in a number of fields indicates that inadequate sensory integration is a key to most learning disorders. Not only must the brain process five senses, but it must integrate all that information so it makes ‘sense’ together.

Children with Sensory Integration Dysfunction are likely to become abnormally upset by loud sounds or bright lights, or by being touched or moved unexpectedly.

Research shows that sensory integration, auditory processing and many other issues that affect learning can be effectively improved through Sound Therapy. The program is done at home using specially filtered music and story tapes which the child finds enjoyable. The tapes are listened to on a portable player, such as a Walkman, at bedtime or during other quiet activities.

 

What families say about Sound Therapy:

 “Emily before Sound Therapy was a very anxious, quiet, shy child who would cry at the drop of a hat and get very upset when she couldn’t do things that other children could do in her class. After two weeks of Sound Therapy she was actually putting her hand up and wanting to answer questions, her confidence levels were very high and she was retaining information, which was most important. And she felt good about herself.”

Julie Welch -Mother of a child with learning difficulties

 

“Our son John is in Grade six and showing terrific improvement in reading since beginning on the Sound Therapy tapes two months ago.  He says a lot of people don’t even know he has dyslexia anymore.  His teachers are amazed and thrilled.  We are so excited because last year John was in a special programme but this year he’s in a normal classroom situation.  He was on medication for his learning disability but now he’s off the Ritalin.”

Judy and Gerrit Westerhof – parents of a child with dyslexia.

 

 

“My five year old son, Quannah, has always been very hyperactive with an energy that just bounces off the walls.  He also showed a lot of anger.  I obtained the Sound Therapy story tapes and let him listen to these for an hour or so each day, letting him feel that it was a privilege and in no way forcing it on him.  In about two weeks there was a noticeable change in his behaviour.  He became very quiet and calm, and somehow mellow.  He also seemed much happier.”

Brandy Graham –  mother of a child with Attention Deficit Disorder.

Rafaele Joudry is the founder and director of Sound Therapy International and the author of three books on Sound Therapy, including, Why aren’t I learning? Listening is the key to overcoming learning difficulties. For information or to order the book, contact: Sound Therapy International, phone 1300 55 77 96 info@soundtherapyinternational.com www.soundtherapyinternational.com

 

What I Can’t Hear You 250 Words For 50s Lifestyle

“What? I can’t hear you!”

When people say “you’re going deaf, you need a hearing aid!” most of us go into denial. The thought of a hearing aid strikes a fear of being artificially cut off from others, and anyway, we can hear fine if people just look at us when they’re speaking!

If only there were a way to improve and preserve the function of the ear! The discoveries of a French ear specialist promise just that. Sound Therapy is a portable listening program that exercises the ear muscles and helps us tune in to sound. Users have found they can hear better in a crowded room, can sing better, enjoy music more and even get relief from tinnitus (ringing in the ears.)

Many men have suffered industrial or military hearing damage, which can put relationships under stress. Wives accuse them of selective listening, but it’s really a simple, mechanical problem, claims Sound Therapy consultant, Rafaele Joudry.

Long term noise exposure causes laziness of the middle ear muscles, Joudry explains, making it hard to decipher conversations from background noise.

But Sound Therapy offers hope of recovery. Rafaele explains, “Families say that they can now enjoy TV together because Dad doesn’t have to turn it up so loud.” One listener, Frances Clarke of Bathurst says: “He keeps saying “you don’t have to shout,” and I say, “I’ve been shouting for forty years. It’s hard to change overnight!””

For a free information pack phone 1300 557796.

 

Triumph Over Tinnitus

Triumph Over Tinnitus

 

Triumph Over Tinnitus, a new book by Rafaele Joudry was launched in Sydney on October 18th.

Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, affects 1 in 5 people in Australia according to the Australian Tinnitus Association. Much is still to be learned about this potentially maddening affliction. Most doctors are baffled and find themselves helpless when treating patients. Sufferers are frustrated and disillusioned.

Triumph Over Tinnitus explores the causes, symptoms and effects of this condition as well as some of the possible treatments that may alleviate symptoms or even create a cure.

Rafaele Joudry has worked in the field of Sound Therapy for over twelve years and discovered by accident that in many cases, Sound Therapy could alleviate tinnitus. This sparked her interest in the condition and prompted her to explore many other possible treatments. She has written an extraordinary and inspiring account of her work with tinnitus sufferers over the past 12 years. She has gathered information from complimentary health carers, doctors and specialists, and tinnitus sufferers themselves to produce a rounded and complete resource.

The astounding discovery that Rafaele has uncovered, is the use of the upper frequencies to rehabilitate the ear and stimulate the brain. She has extended the work of Dr Alfred Tomatis to treat tinnitus sufferers with classical music that has been enhanced. This provides a wide range of benefits for the listener including better sleep, increased energy levels as well as reduction or elimination of tinnitus.

Rafaele is committed to educating the public on the important role that our ears play in communication, learning, reducing stress and energy levels. The book provides clear guidelines on looking after our delicate hearing apparatus and an excellent explanation on how the ears function. The book is an easy, useable and enjoyable read for sufferers and their family or friends, as well as practitioners.

 

What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus is different for everybody. It may occur in one ear or in both and sufferers report many different sounds in their ears including humming, ringing, or a high pitched whine like the sound of crickets. It can also be experienced at various volumes and pitch, and can be worse at different times of the day or night. Often sleeping is a problem, once the daily  activities which distract from the internal noise are concluded. Other symptoms which may accompany tinnitus are dizziness or vertigo, loss of balance and nausea. These symptoms may be due to a condition called Meniere’s syndrome which is caused by an excess of fluid pressure in the inner ear.

 

What causes tinnitus?

The most common cause of tinnitus is loud noise. Industrial noise is a very common cause of both deafness and tinnitus, affecting factory workers who have been exposed to noise over many years. Military service is also a common cause of ear problems. Many sufferers report that their tinnitus began during the war when they worked with guns, tanks or heavy machinery and in particular aircraft. Ear protection was unfortunately unheard of in these times. Loud music is another major cause of tinnitus and many musicians are plagued by this condition.

Even living in the country does not provide protection from ear damage. Farmers commonly suffer ear problems due to hours of exposure to the noise of tractors and other farm machines. A bang on the head may bring on tinnitus, and ear problems may also stem from a virus or from frequent ear infections in childhood. Some medications can cause or aggravate tinnitus as can some foods.

 

Drugs to avoid

The following drugs have been shown to potentially cause or worsen tinnitus. Salycilate analgesics (higher doses of aspirin), naproxen sodium (Naprosyn, Aleve), ibuprofen, many other non steroid anti-inflammatories, aminoglycoside antibiotics, anti depressants, loop inhibiting diuretics, quinnine/anti malarials, oral contraceptives and chemotherapy.

Aspirin is found in found in: Disprin, Aspro, Ecotrin, Codral, Codcomol, Cartia, Solprin, Paytocil, Rhusal, Pirophen, SRA, Asparcod, Anacin, Aspec, Codis, Venganin, Alka-Sestzer, Hedex.

Marijuana usage may worsen a pre existing case of tinnitus and alcohol may contribute to tinnitus in some people.

 

Ototoxic chemicals commonly found in food:

Caffeine, found in coffee, tea, Coca cola,  Pepsi Cola and chocolate. Too much caffeine for some people can raise blood pressure, cause restlessness, irritability, muscle twitches and can worsen tinnitus. Experiment with your caffeine intake to see if it affects your tinnitus.

Quinine, found in tonic water.

Aspartame, found in many diet foods including diet coke. Brand names for aspartame are NutraSweet,  Equal, Spoonful, and Equal-Measure.

  Smoking

Nicotine is a vaso constrictor, meaning it raises blood pressure. It can also directly affect the nerves, causing neuralgia (pain) or spontaneous nerve impulses which can result in worsening of tinnitus.

 

Medical treatments

The medical profession is generally baffled by tinnitus, not knowing what causes it or how to treat it. Drugs are sometimes prescribed but are only suitable for a small number of people. In extreme cases people have had the auditory nerve severed so hearing is lost entirely. However, it has been known for this procedure to be done and despite the patient becoming deaf, the tinnitus still prevails. Many doctors now believe this indicates that although tinnitus originates in the ear it becomes perpetuated as a feedback mechanism by the limbic system in the brain.

  Retraining therapy

Years ago, before tinnitus was a well known and recognised condition sufferers were told “its all in your head.” Though it is now acknowledged that tinnitus is very real condition, the specialists are concluding that in fact the cause and the treatment are psychophysical rather than physical. The current treatment favoured by specialist audiologists is tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT), a lengthy re-education program which teaches the subject to change their reaction to the tinnitus and thereby reduce its impact on their consciousness. Many people find this therapy extremely helpful in allowing them to adjust to or reduce their tinnitus.

  Sound Therapy

A very different alternative was pioneered by the French ear specialist, Dr Alfred Tomatis, who invented a therapeutic listening program using specially filtered classical music. Sound Therapy provides exercise for the tiny muscles in the middle ear, improving the functioning of the ear mechanism and has been found to relieve or eliminate tinnitus in many cases. It also often helps mild hearing loss, dizziness and sensations of blocking or fullness in the ear.

            Rafaele Joudry, Director of Sound Therapy International, leading author and lecturer on Sound Therapy believes that most tinnitus is caused by damage to the tiny hair cells called “cilia” in the inner ear. She says that when they are damaged they lie flat, and in touching each other they “short circuit” and create a phantom noise. The Sound Therapy program trains the ear to open and respond to gentle high frequencies so that these therapeutic sounds can reach the inner ear. These sounds stimulate the damaged hair cells to become erect again, improving hearing and usually providing relief for tinnitus. Sound Therapy is a self help program which can be used by anyone in their own home. A full and fascinating description of this therapy is given in Joudry’s latest book, Sound Therapy: Music to Recharge Your Brain, as well as in her new book on tinnitus.

Rafaele says, “We have been treating tinnitus for twelve years now in Australia with results ranging from partial to complete relief for sufferers. Our treatment is a safe method which is affordable and enjoyable. Our clients have achieved results where they were told that no hope existed.”

  How do we avoid tinnitus?

Now that tinnitus is receiving more publicity and with the onslaught of environmental pollutants and chemical overload, many fear that it is becoming an epidemic. This raises the question, how can we avoid getting tinnitus? Here are a few tips for prevention:

·         Protect your family’s ears from loud noise. Use cotton wool, ear plugs or muffs or your hands in noisy places.

·         Never expose babies to loud noise. They are too young to tell you it is hurting them.

·         Play music or TV quietly.

·         If the music at the dance is too loud, ask the DJ to turn it down.

·         Manage stress, learn yoga or meditation. Learn to relax.

·         Use a quality mineral supplement, preferably colloidal minerals, to provide the ears with their basic requirements. The ears are very nutrient rich and require minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus.

·         Protect your ears against free radical damage with high quality, long lasting antioxidants. Besides vitamins A, C and E, find a supplement which includes second and third generation antioxidants such as ginko biloba, tumeric, pinebark and grape seed extract.

·         Avoid medication that may trigger tinnitus.

·         Use Sound Therapy to stimulate the cilia and strengthen the middle ear muscles.

·         As much as possible avoid long term exposure to low frequency noise such as refrigerators, air conditioners, computers, traffic, tractors, aircraft and industrial noise.

·         Listen to natural sounds in the upper frequency range eg birds, frogs, running water, the wind in the trees. These sounds calm the nervous system.

 

For further information contact :

 

Sound Therapy International on 02) 9665-1777

Or browse their website at www.soundtherapyinternational.com

 

 

 

 

Tomatis The Irrepresible(TOT)

Tomatis, the Irrepressible Pioneer

The International Tinnitus Seminar held in Freemantle in 2001 saw three hundred tinnitus researchers from around the world exchanging results and discussing the latest theories on dealing with this baffling condition. (ringing in the ears.) A new book by Rafaele Joudry, Triumph Over Tinnitus, outlines many treatment options and gives a detailed account of the remarkable discoveries of the French ear doctor, Alfred Tomatis. This article is based on excerpts from the book.

 

Dr Tomatis was one of the remarkable pioneers of our time. An inventor, innovator and researcher, he gave us the practical application of Sound Therapy, a unique and valuable tool for healing and education.

Marilyn Ferguson, author of The Aquarian Conspiracy, called him an irrepressible pioneer. Others have called him a genius. Another great man, Buckminster Fuller, says “There is no such thing as a genius, some of us are just less damaged than others.” If this is so, Ferguson suggests, Tomatis is one of the less damaged. To be so, after the trials and vicissitudes of his background is testament to the optimism and resilience of his inner nature.

Tomatis was born in Nice in 1919. His father was Nicoise and his mother Italian. His birth was apparently not wanted or anticipated. His mother was only 16 years old and had done everything to hide or suppress the growth of the baby, including wearing the restrictive corsets of the time. Tomatis was born two and a half months premature and weighed just under three pounds. The midwife took one look at him and immediately discarded him in a waste basket, believing he was dead.

Tomatis would never have lived were it not for his paternal grandmother who had herself borne 24 children and had much wisdom on matters of birth and life. She retrieved  him from the basket and revived him.

Tomatis says that he owes his later work on the importance of prenatal life to his own painful beginning. He believes this engendered his desire to search for and understand that lost nirvana of the womb from which he was ejected too soon.

Tomatis’s first language was Nicoise, a fifteenth century language which had more in common with local Italian dialects than with French. He did not become fluent in French until his early teens. He did very poorly in his early schooling due to an unstable home life and repeated childhood illnesses. Tomatis’s relationship with his mother was fraught with difficulty and lack of rapport. Her family background was one of superstition and poor linguistic ability. Her only area of excellence was her cooking. She saw Tomatis as an obstacle to her closeness with his father, as he restricted her ability to travel with her husband on his many tours as a celebrated singer. Yet Tomatis, far from taking a victim stance in relation to this poor maternal bond, instead expresses gratitude for the insight this difficult relationship gave him and how it later fuelled and informed his pioneering work in the field of psychology.

His father, on the other hand was the source of many of Tomatis’s exceptional character traits and the parent who gave him his sense of personal value as well as both the emotional and practical support to excel in life. Tomatis writes in his autobiography, “I always considered my father an exceptional being with whom I communicated well and shared a close understanding…he was an ear, a listener who was always ready to hear me with true attention.”

Perhaps it was the great contrast between one parent who could listen and one who could not that gave Tomatis his deep insights into the importance of listening.

Another great source of inspiration to Dr Tomatis was a doctor who was called to treat him during one of his many childhood illnesses. At the time he was suffering from three fevers which he had contracted simultaneously, typhoid, Maltese fever and typhus murin. A parade of doctors had failed to diagnose his condition so finally the well-respected Dr Carpocino was called. After examining Tomatis he pronounced “I don’t know what is the matter with him. I must search for the answer.” He did indeed search and succeeded in diagnosing and treating the small boy. It was his statement “I must search” which had the most profound effect on Tomatis’s development and career choice, for from that moment on he decided to do the same. He would become a doctor so that he could search for answers to what he did not know. Tomatis pursued his education with his characteristic determination and succeeded eventually in being qualified in the specialty of ENT (Ear Nose and Throat surgery.)

After World war II he pursued his longstanding desire to enter the field of medical research. His choice of specialty was stimulated once again by his love and admiration for his father. He had observed singer friends of his father’s who had vocal problems which mystified the doctors of the day. He hoped that he could help them so he decided to go into ear nose and throat medicine (ENT). His dream was to aid singers who had damaged or lost their voices.

On completing his ENT studies the only way that he could begin doing research was to acquire his own rooms and fund and set up his own clinical laboratory, which is exactly what he did. Operating on a shoestring, he started amassing clinical data on audiometric tests. He focused on aeroplane mechanics, many of whom had worked in highly detrimental sound environments during the war. 

After testing in several different situations, Tomatis noticed that the same subjects produced different audiometric results depending on their beliefs about the possible implications for their career. In situations where they feared job loss, their hearing results came out quite well, but there was unprecedented change when they had heard news that hearing damage could result in a good pension. Tomatis writes, “I was surprised to discover that a perfectly sincere individual, but one who wanted to be diagnosed as deaf, was able to lower his auditory threshold by ten, twenty and even thirty decibels.” He was convinced from comparing these results with his interview experience that these motivations were entirely subconscious.

It was now that it struck him that in order to “find out what he did not know” in his medical field he would also have to investigate psychology. He was shocked to realise the huge lack of psychological content in his medical training.

Meanwhile Tomatis’s father had begun referring singers to his son, and he began prodding around in the singing literature attempting to unravel the mysteries of the voice. At the time the prevailing theory was that the voice was controlled by the larynx and if the singer could not reach a particular note it was due to a malfunction of the larynx. Initially Tomatis prescribed strychnine, the standard medical treatment for overstretched vocal chords,  and also male hormones, a favourite of wartime medicine. This appeared to be working until two of his patients “choked” on the stage.

 Now Tomatis had a flash of intuition which was the key to his first major discovery. He decided to subject the singers to audiometric tests, the same that he had been administering to those people with occupational deafness. He noticed a surprising similarity in the audiometric curves. Could it be, he asked, that the singers had deafened themselves with their own, loud voices? By measuring the intensity of their voices with a sonometer he established that powerful singers could reach 130 or 140 decibels, certainly enough to cause deafness with continued exposure! Especially since 130 decibels at a metre’s distance represents 150 decibels inside ones skull!

Tomatis concluded from the evidence he gathered that the voice was controlled not by the larynx but by the ear. He was able to verify from his test results that a scotoma (an absence of certain frequencies) in the audiogram exactly matches the same loss of frequencies in the voice. Thus in 1947 Tomatis came to the formulation of his first law “the voice only contains those frequencies that the ear can hear,” or as he liked to put it, “one sings with one’s ear.”

Tomatis had married by this time but, as he freely admits, the relationship was completely unfulfilling as there was no rapport between him and his wife. As he states in his autobiography, The Conscious Ear, “There was no love because there was no communication; there was no communication because there was no love.”

Tomatis therefore continued to lose himself in his work. He invented and manufactured a sonic analyser which enabled him to analyse the frequency distribution of a voice.

Tomatis’s next major discovery was that self listening and voice production is controlled by the right ear. This is because the passage of nerve impulses connecting the ear to the larynx and to the cranium is more direct on the right side of the body. The recurrent laryngeal nerves (belonging to the tenth pair of cranial nerves, the vagus) have to cover a longer route on the left side for two reasons. One is that they have to go around the heart. The other is that the central laryngeal motor area is situated in the left brain. In other words, our main speech centre is in the left brain, and this is most directly reached via the right ear. Due to the cross-over of all nerve impulses between the brain and the body, the left ear communicates directly with the right brain while the right ear is wired straight to the left brain.

This means that the right ear has the more efficient route on two counts: for language reception and vocal production. Therefore it must direct. Tomatis says categorically that all great singers and musicians are right-ear dominant. He also states, and other learning specialists confirm his findings, that it is a requirement for efficient processing of language for any person that the right ear must lead. We function more efficiently if the right ear directs our listening.

Tomatis confirmed this discovery through experiments with singers. He found that when listening to their voices through the left ear, they lost a large part of their ability, were unable to follow the beat or to make their voice give out its true sound.

Tomatis discovered that Enrico Caruso, whom he considered the greatest singer of his time, owed his superb ability to a partial deafness in the right rear. Due to an operation that blocked his Eustacian tube, Caruso was deaf to the low frequencies in his own voice on the right side. The fact that he heard and reproduced only the high frequencies led to the superb and unique quality of his voice. As an experiment Tomatis decided to give this same listening structure to other singers. He was able to do this by retraining their self-listening with his special filtering device. Not only did it improve their voices but the patients unanimously declared that they felt much better after the treatment.

This led Tomatis to his realisation that we need to receive daily doses of high frequency sound in order to stimulate the cortex of the brain and replenish its energy stores. Tomatis said that we need to receive three thousand stimuli per second for four and a half hours per day in order for the brain to function at maximum potential. This is perhaps the most important of his discoveries. High frequency sounds stimulate the brain while low frequencies deplete and diminish brain energy. If we receive the necessary daily input of high frequency, charging sounds, Tomatis found that creativity and thinking ability are enhanced, energy rises and depression is often alleviated.

During this period, Tomatis was developing the device which he eventually called the Electronic Ear. This machine had the capacity to feed back the subject’s voice with the frequencies altered so that they could hear themselves in the correct way. Thus their ear was reconditioned to accurate hearing, and the voice was also corrected. Later Tomatis found that he could achieve the same result by playing music through the Electronic Ear, specifically the music of Mozart. He found that provided the subject experienced these altered sounds repeatedly for a certain period of time, the effects would last.

In later years Tomatis trained many different practitioners to use his method and so it became available in about two hundred centres around the world, in addition to his centre in Paris.

 

Portable Sound Therapy

A portable version of the therapy was later developed in Canada by Patricia Joudry and was brought to Australia by her daughter, Rafaele Joudry in the late 1980s. Patricia was helped with her problem of hypersensitivity to sound, and the inability to follow a conversation in a noisy room, known as the cocktail party syndrome. The treatment also cured her chronic insomnia and exhaustion. Once the tapes were released to the public, it became clear that in many cases, Sound Therapy brought relief for tinnitus sufferers. Because the program integrates brain functions it also helps with learning difficulties such as ADD, and functional problems of the central nervous system including autism and epilepsy.

 

Tomatis’s interpretation of tinnitus

Dr Tomatis saw tinnitus as a reaction of the brain to ear dysfunction. A cyclic system is established between the ear and brain, which reinforces and perpetuates itself. While the clinical Tomatis treatment is often not of sufficiently long duration to affect tinnitus, the portable therapy available from Sound Therapy International Pty Ltd has shown greater results in this area and is more cost effective.

 

At the International Tinnitus Seminar held in Freemantle in 2001, several leading researchers expressed interest in investigating the mechanism by which Sound Therapy works. The current most accepted treatment for tinnitus used in hospitals and specialist clinics is Tinnitus Retraining Therapy, (TRT) which includes cognitive and behavioural therapy in individual and group sessions to help the person habituate to the tinnitus, and is sometimes combined with noise generators to provide a soothing external sound. Other practitioners recommend Sound Therapy which, using filtered classical music,  gives a more pleasant and varied sound and is believed by some to work at several levels of the brain and nervous system. Rafaele Joudry, who has observed the effect of Sound Therapy on thousands of patients over the last twelve years says, “it is a simple, cost effective treatment which has many positive benefits. It improves energy levels, reduces stress, improves learning. I recommend it to anyone who has ears!”

 

Dr Tomatis died in 2001, but his discoveries made more than fifty years ago live on in fifty or more countries, and become more and more readily available with the greater access to technology, to portable equipment and the internet.

 

Triumph Over Tinnitus or Sound Therapy: Music to Recharge Your Brain, both by Rafaele Joudry are available from bookstores or from Sound Therapy International Pty Ltd, Phone 02) 9665-1777 www.soundtherapyinternational.com or in Perth from Hillary Peart 08)9343-2758