Frequently asked questions and answers about Sound Therapy

{slide=What do I need to purchase to get started and what is the cost?}

For adults we recommend the Complete Program
For children we recommend the Complete family program with the book.

{/slide}{slide=What has been done to the music to make it into Sound Therapy?}

The music has been put through several filtering processes to make it into a stimulating program for the ears and brain. Alternating frequencies are emphasised by the Electronic Ear so that the ear muscles are continually adjusting. The repeated sudden boosting of to the high frequencies is what stimulates the ear and brain. You will notice these fluctuations in the sound as you work through the program, particularly in the more advanced levels. Many people even prefer the more highly filtered albums, once their ears become accustomed to the sound.

{/slide}{slide=The Sound Therapy Books}

If you do not already have one of Rafaele and Patricia Joudry’s books, we highly recommend that you order one, as the books will answer most of your questions about the program. Having at least one of these books is an essential resource for all Sound Therapy listeners. They give you a depth of knowledge into the theory, results, variety of experiences, comparative treatments and clinical background to the method plus the motivation and incentive to persist and do the program correctly. You can choose their first book: Sound Therapy: Music to Recharge your Brain or alternatively, Rafaele’s book Triumph Over Tinnitus. If you are not a big reader, then it is important to at least read the first few chapters. Then you can refer to the rest of the book as questions come up for you. If you are using Sound Therapy for your children then we recommend Rafaele Joudry’s third book, Why Aren’t I Learning Which is a complete guide to Sound Therapy and other integration therapies for children.

{/slide}{slide=Will Sound Therapy work for my particular hearing condition?}

We frequently receive people enquiries with a particular type of hearing damage asking if Sound Therapy will help their condition. These are some of the conditions people ask about:

{/slide}{slide=I have hearing loss resulting from industrial noise exposure. Can Sound Therapy help me?}

Many of our listeners have suffered from industrial noise exposure, and Sound Therapy has often been helpful for these people. In Rafaele Joudry’s books, Sound Therapy: Music to Recharge your Brain and Triumph Over Tinnitus you will read of many such listeners and also the theory behind why Sound therapy helps when the ear has been damaged by noise. While we can never predict the results for a particular individual, there is a good chance that Sound Therapy can help after exposure to industrial or other loud noise.

{/slide}{slide=I have hearing loss resulting from a virus or infection. Can Sound Therapy help me?}

After a virus or infection it is possible that there is still residual infection or mucous in the ear, or the mechanical parts of the ear have been damaged by the infection. To fully recover its function, the ear needs gentle, consistent stimulation to restore circulation and re-activate the muscles. There is every chance that Sound Therapy can provide exactly the right stimulation to bring about these changes.

{/slide}{slide=My ear has been damaged by an accident or surgery and I have no middle ear, or no ear drum. Can Sound Therapy help me?}

Sound Therapy can potentially help an ear as long as the physical parts are there for the ear to function. If your middle ear has been so severely damaged that it cannot function at all, then Sound has no way of reaching the cochlea except by direct bone conduction. You may be able to stimulate your inner ear by using bone conduction headphones, where the sound generator is placed directly on the cranial bone. However, if you have hearing in your other ear, then Sound Therapy can help you through that ear and can still access your brain and potentially bring you all the other benefits it offers.

{/slide}{slide=I have hearing loss resulting from birth. Can Sound Therapy help me?}

Whether the damage occurred before birth, during or after birth, it depends on the degree of damage that was caused to your ear. Sound Therapy has been known to benefit people with mild to severe hearing loss. It has helped people who have had hearing problems all their life stemming from numerous infections during childhood. Sound Therapy gently reintroduces sounds as they would have been heard in utero, so it has a remarkable capacity to open and restore the hearing process to what it should have been in the early years. You may find Rafaele Joudry’s book Why Aren’t I Learning A very informative read on the topic of early, uterine or childhood hearing injury.

{/slide}{slide=I have a certain percentage hearing loss in my left ear and a certain percentage in my right ear. [i e 20% and 80%]. Will Sound Therapy help me?}

If you still have some hearing in an ear, any hearing at all, then there is potential for Sound Therapy to improve that hearing. We know this because we have had instances where people had severe hearing loss, to the extent that they were using hearing aids all the time, or even some who could only hear loud sounds like a door slamming but nothing else, and yet these people have experienced some improvement when they use Sound Therapy.

No matter what damage your ear has suffered, be it through noise, injury, infection or surgery, if it is still functioning in some way to bring you sound, then perhaps that function can be improved. The reason Sound Therapy may be of benefit in such a range of situations is that it gives a very gentle but specific stimulus to the whole hearing mechanism and auditory pathway. The ear drum is gently massaged, the middle ear muscles are rocked and activated and the cilia and nerve pathways are stimulated with a type of sound and concentrated frequency waves not available from other sources. If your ear is capable of improving, then Sound Therapy is the method most likely to bring about that improvement. As it is impossible to predict in any particular case how much improvement is possible, the only way to really find out is to try it.

{/slide}{slide=Tinnitus in one ear}

Whether you experience tinnitus in your left ear, your right ear on in the middle of your head, you will still use Sound Therapy in the same way. It works on both your ears and some people get improvement first in their right ear, some first in their left. The fact that the music is louder in the right ear does not mean it is working more on the right ear than on the left. The right ear emphasis simply helps the brain to process sound more easily.

To assist with tinnitus we also recommend that you use our Nutrition for the Ear at the same time as Sound Therapy. We do find that people often get better results with tinnitus, as well as an improvement in general well being, if they use the Nutrition for the Ear as well. Please consider adding these products to your listening program. For more detailed information on Nutrition for the ear please see the chapter “Nutrition for the ear” in Rafaele Joudry’s book Triumph Over Tinnitus.

{/slide}{slide=Deafness in one ear}

Whether you have hearing loss in your left ear or your right ear, you will still use Sound Therapy in the same way. It works on both your ears and some people get improvement first in their right ear, some first in their left. The fact that the music is louder in the right ear does not mean it is working more on the right ear than on the left. The right ear emphasis simply helps the brain to process sound more easily. You should set the volume so that you can hear something in one ear. It will then be playing into your other ear and there is a chance that in time it will even help an ear with severe problems. If you can only hear the music in one ear, you do NOT have to turn it up so high that you can hear it in both ears.

{/slide}{slide=High frequency hearing loss in one or both ears}

Sound Therapy is very effective for high frequency hearing loss. Many people have experienced some improvement in their high frequency hearing when they use Sound Therapy. The music on the albums is specially filtered to exercise the muscles in the middle ear and stimulate the hair like cells [cilia] in the inner ear. There is a good chance that you will have noticeable improvement in your hearing from using the program. We do find that people often get better results with hearing loss if they use the Nutrition for the Ears as well. Please consider adding these products to your listening program. For more detailed information on Nutrition for the Ear please see the chapter “Nutrition for the ear” in Rafaele Joudry’s book Triumph Over Tinnitus.

{/slide}{slide=Low frequency hearing loss}

Sound Therapy is recommended for low frequency hearing loss. Although the albums emphasize the high frequencies, they are also strengthening the ear’s ability to deal with the full range of sounds. Dr Tomatis did recommend his therapy for people with low frequency hearing loss.

{/slide}{slide=Nutrition for the Ear}

Rafaele Joudry believes that it is vitally important to use our nutrition for the ear when undertaking Sound Therapy listening. The stimulation brought about by the music requires the ear to begin functioning at a much higher level of muscular and vibratory activity than previously. Unless extra nutrition is provided at the same time, the ear is struggling to suddenly improve its performance. Athletes require more concentrated nutrition. Now you are becoming an athlete of the ear!

{/slide}{slide=Please explain about analogue versus digital sound}

Sound Therapy International has always had a strong commitment to bring you the highest quality sound with accurate and complete high frequency content. In the 1980s this was best done with analogue recordings on cassette tapes. Now, with advances in digital recording and playback techniques, our original analogue recordings have been converted to high quality digital sound files using a state of the art analogue-to-digital conversion program. Our Sound Therapy music players and our specific engineering techniques guarantee that we deliver to you the best possible quality sound with intact high frequencies and high harmonics in the most compact and convenient form.

Our new playback system for Sound Therapy is a beautifully engineered miniature player called the MINI MX2. The MINI MX2 uses two specialized processes to ensure accurate and harmonic rich playback, bringing you the best of both analogue and digital recording techniques. Our very careful mastering and highest level technology used in the filtering and production process, ensures the best therapeutic quality, as long as the music is listened to on the original player.

The Sound Therapy process

Analogue live recording captures as much as possible of the true essence, variation and power — and of course the high harmonics — in the music.

Analogue Activation with Electronic Ear keeps the power and variation in tone intact. This process activates the ear muscles and stimulates the entire nervous system.

Analogue Progressive filtering reflects the natural sound heard in the womb, where the high frequencies are augmented and brain is energized, gradually training the ear and brain to greater gymnastic and acoustic heights.

Analogue Studio Mastering is a vitally important way to retain sound integrity while balancing and fine tuning the whole production.

Analogue to Digital conversion. This is the most important part of the final digital production and in the transfer process we convert to the highest possible quality sound files to ensure optimum capture of the high harmonics int he sound.

Playback. This final stage of portable playback technology is now offered on a compact, easy to use high quality digital player. Two proprietary sound enhancement processes ensure optimum rendition of the complex, fluctuating, high frequency-rich Sound Therapy, retaining its complex variations with absolute detail, clarity and sharpness, for ultimate neural stimulation and brain recharge. Sound Therapy has never sounded better!

{/slide}{slide=How is the portable method different from the clinical method}

The clinical treatment requires your attendance for 3 hours per day for an initial program of about 6 weeks. Your program is supervised by a trained Tomatis therapist. The clinical treatment achieves fantastic results and we highly recommend it if you have the time and money to invest in this program.

Our method is about 10% of the cost of the clinical method, and being a self-help method, you are responsible for your own supervision. However, our listeners have the advantage of long term treatment over many years, which for most people vastly enhances the benefits they receive. A full explanation of the difference is given in the book: Sound Therapy: Music to Recharge your Brain . .

{/slide}{slide=Why must Sound Therapy be done with headphones?}

For two reasons. One is that 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 is that training for right ear dominance is achieved by having more sound go into the right ear. A full explanation of the reasons for right ear emphasis is given in the book: Sound Therapy: Music to Recharge your Brain . Or the book Why Aren’t I Learning

{/slide}{slide=What is important about headphones used for Sound Therapy?}

It is important to use high quality headphones for Sound Therapy so that you fully benefit from the rich high frequencies in the music. It is also important that they are comfortable and convenient enough that you will use them. If your head phones cause you any pain or discomfort, try another model. Sound Therapy International stocks a range of the most suitable headphones for Sound Therapy, which have been tried and tested by our listeners. The player will be accompanies by mini ear buds with a hook to hold them in place, or you can upgrade to a light weight neckband style or the full sized studio models. In our promotional photos we show a variety of different models as any of them are suitable.

It is generally true that the more you spend, the better quality you get, and better brands generally produce better sound. The brand we recommend is Sennheiser. Check our website for our favourite models or talk to your personal Sound Therapy Consultant.

{/slide}{slide=How long must I listen}

Adults: A minimum of three hours a day for six weeks to three months.

Children: Half an hour to an hour a day for six weeks to three months.

After that a maintenance program of one to two hours per day or a few hours a week is recommended.

{/slide}{slide=How long must my child listen?}

Children, depending on their age, should listen for half an hour to an hour a day for six weeks to three months. After that a maintenance program of 30 to 45 minutes per day or a few hours a week is recommended.

{/slide}{slide=When can I expect to notice results?}

The time it takes for Sound Therapy to have effect varies enormously between individuals. Many people notice an improvement in their sleep the very first night. A shift in energy often happens in the first six weeks to three months. For tinnitus, people have had results in as little as two hours and as long as twelve months. Improvements in hearing loss have been noticed after a few weeks or after several years of listening. The same is true for epilepsy, autism, memory and other conditions related to brain function. It is impossible for us to predict how long your particular condition will take to treat, but most likely your listening process will be a wonderful journey of discovery and self development.

To increase the benefits you experience from Sound Therapy and to speed up the results, we also recommend that you use our Nutrition for the Ear. This supports the ear and nervous system to be able to successfully integrate the changes caused by the Sound Therapy.

{/slide}{slide=How loud should the music be?}

Adjust the volume so you can just hear the music in a quiet room. Do not turn it up when you go into a noisy environment. If you have hearing loss, turn it up so that you can hear at least some of the sound in one ear at least.

{/slide}{slide=What if I use a hearing aid?}

If you use a hearing aid there is a good chance that Sound Therapy will help you. We recommend that you do some of your listening with, and some without your aids. Sound Therapy has helped people with hearing aids because it improves the careful and focusing ability of the ear. It may make it easier to use your hearing aids more successfully in a noisy environment and may address other problems such as sound sensitivity, balance disorders, tinnitus and auditory processing, which could make the use of your aids more beneficial and easier to adjust to. Occasionally people experience so much improvement in hearing that they no longer need the hearing aid.

{/slide}{slide=My tinnitus sounds like my pulse rushing in my ears or keeps rhythm with my pulse. Why is this?}

What you have is called pulsatile tinnitus or objective tinnitus. For more information on different types of tinnitus and how to treat them refer to Rafaele Joudry’s best selling book Triumph Over Tinnitus , newly released in 2007 and now in its second edition. This type of tinnitus may be related to stress in your circulatory system. Sound Therapy has the potential to assist with this type of symptom as it reduces stress and may assist high blood pressure. Nutritional supplements can also improve circulation. Anti-oxidants are one type of supplement known to assist circulation, and these typically include ingredients such as vitamins A,C, and E, pine bark extract, ginko biloba, grape seed extract and circuminoids. It is important to take these substances in the right combination and proportions for a therapeutic dose. For more information on supplements which may assist tinnitus please review the chapter on nutrition for the ear in Triumph Over Tinnitus.

If you originally ordered through one of our Sound Therapy consultants, we recommend you to order any repeat programs through your consultant to obtain better, personalised service.

{/slide}{slide=Will my health fund contribute to my Sound Therapy?}

Sound Therapy falls in the discretionary area, meaning that it depends on your level of cover and how many claims you have made. Contact your health fund and discuss it with them and one of their officers will make a decision.

{/slide}{slide=Will Veterans affairs contribute to my Sound Therapy?}

Veterans affairs has no set policy on this but they have been known to purchase the program in certain cases. You will need to contact Veterans Affairs and put your proposal to them.

{/slide}{slide=Can I download Sound Therapy to my iPod or MP3 player?}

It is important to play your Sound Therapy on the original purpose made Sound Therapy player on which it is supplied. if you try to copy your Sound Therapy onto another player you will most likely lose its therapeutic effect. Our programs have been made using special, carefully monitored highly quality equipment and sound engineering processes to ensure the best therapeutic result. To guarantee that you are getting the best delivery of sound, listen on your original Sound Therapy player and you will be sure that your ears are receiving the correct quality of sound.