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Plugged into the Cosmos
If you put an oscilloscope on the sounds of Gregorian Chant, you see that they all come within the bandwidth for charging the ear.
Dr. Alfred Tomatis
Looking back, it doesn’t seem strange that I should have been one of the first people in the country to find my way to a sound therapist’s door, as most of my life has been lived off the beaten track. For example, you can read about my experiment in allowing my children to educate themselves at home (as distinct from ‘educating’ them at home) if you care to see my book, And the Children Played, reprinted by Tundra Books, Montreal, Spring, ’84.
One of these children, Rafaele (formerly Melanie), having graduated from college (her first experience of school) was continuing her self-education and spending the year 1977 in Paris to perfect her French. There, by chance as they call it, she met a French-Canadian doctor who was studying Sound Therapy with Dr. Tomatis. Rafaele spoke to him about her mother’s hearing problem, a matter of great inconvenience to the family, though they were always very nice about it.
An anti-social hearing problem
My problem was this: I couldn’t carry on a conversation if there were other people talking in the room. If I had to talk against the voice background, or listen to someone speaking to me, the cross vibrations of sound simply broke up my focus. At home I was constantly calling for silence and then trying to get a single conversation going while everybody else held their tongues. It was socially debilitating, to say the least, and it was getting worse. At a publisher’s party for one of my books I had to sneak out after a few minutes and go home. Luckily there was lots to drink and I never did hear that anybody noticed.
I had mentioned this malady to a number of people who told me they had it too. So of course the Canadian doctor recognized it at once from the description. He told my daughter that it could be cured with Sound Therapy. She asked him what Sound Therapy was, and considering the explanation that found its way back to me, it’s a good thing I go on faith.
Accordingly, when he returned to Montreal to set up practice the following spring, I was right there. We had a nice talk, (no-one else was speaking in the room) and a few days later my treatment commenced.
The listening test
All was mystery from the word go, and the word was not “Go,” it was “Beep.” Connected by headphones to an unearthly looking machine, on which the therapist produced high-pitched sounds by twirling a handle, I had to state when I heard what, and where. During all this he was drawing a graph with coloured pencils. I felt strangely elated by these high tones and attributed it to the total yogic concentration necessary to decide whether they came from right, left or centre. I was also asked whether a sequence of sounds was getting higher or lower. They were all sky high and sometimes I just didn’t know. I gave answers, then took them back. It was like sitting for an examination that I didn’t want to fail.
The headphones were changed for another pair that didn’t go on my ears at all. They fitted over the mastoid bone and the bone at my temple. I was amazed to find that I could hear through my bones as well as through my ears. It was the first I knew of the fact that we hear with our whole body. This was downtown Montreal and the traffic sounds outside were like an artillery attack. They had devastated me previously and were now made harmless by these eloquent little electronic bleeps. I could hardly believe my ears — or my ears could scarcely believe the soothing yet stimulating sound that promised an end to abuse.
When the listening test was completed, the therapist was able to view the precise nature of my trouble. He saw another one that I hadn’t thought to mention for how could it relate to sound? It was my complete helplessness at all things technical. Like a clairvoyant he read this from the graph. It was absolutely true. I could barely change a light bulb, couldn’t possibly replace a fuse, and always had to get some small child to put in my typewriter ribbon. On the day the stereo system was delivered and the kids were showing me how to use it, I am quoted as saying: “Oh, I have to press Stop? I’ll never be able to work that.” The family was still laughing. (But the last laugh would be mine.)
Next, the therapy was explained to me — in simple words, with respect to my deficiencies in the technical field. As it is quite impossible to really put across the principles of Sound Therapy in simple words, I again had to take it on faith. It seemed that a specific listening program would be designed for me.
- My listening program would consist largely of the music of Mozart, and I would sit and listen to it for three hours every week-day during the next six weeks.
“That’s all?” I asked. “There’s nothing more to it?”
- “Yes. Bring some sewing or embroidery to work on.
It’s better to absorb the sound subconsciously, with the attention fixed on something else.”
It turned out that women patients did needlework and men did jigsaw puzzles. I was gladder than ever to be a female.
Game for anything, I settled into the routine, driving the sixty miles from my farm at St. Agnes de Dundee and sitting for three hours daily, comfortably settled in an armchair in a little room, with my headphones, my sewing and my thermos of tea. The music was recognizably Mozart, though Mozart would have had a fit. The violin concertos, symphonies and chamber pieces all started out normally, except for occasional soft hissing sounds. Then, imperceptibly, the lower sounds began giving way to the strings. After a time even the strings were clinging to the rafters. It was strange, eerie, and perversely pleasing. Yet I wondered. It just didn’t seem possible that sitting here listening to squeaky music for three hours was going to relieve me of anything but thirty-six dollars. (By now the fee is considerably higher, all low prices having been filtered out everywhere!)
The equipment from which all this originated was stacked in the next room and operated by an assistant. It looked pretty spooky with its blinking lights and turning reels, and I always hurried past it, while noting that wires snaked under several doors to other patients in their comfy little dens. It was good to know that others were willing to take a chance, though when I stopped to think of it, I never saw them. I pondered about what their personalized listening programs might be like while I imbibed the one specifically designed to sort out the crossed wires in my head — or whatever it was that so inhibited the social life I didn’t much want. I was really doing this from a fear that my hearing quirk might lead to deafness. I had seen my mother gradually lose her hearing and become isolated from human company and, almost worse, from music. Nietzche put his finger on it when he said: “Without music life would be a mistake.”
I stuck this out week after week, trying lamely to explain at home the purpose of the daily trek. They surmised that Sound Therapy was some kind of faith healing. If that’s what it was it wouldn’t work, because I was starting to lose faith. Also, there was no sign of healing. I observed my reactions with mounting anxiety, like a hypochondriac taking her own pulse every few minutes. I was neither better nor worse. I began to resent the time that was going into this. And the car was eating up a lot of gas.
The fourth week offered a little variety in the form of a vocalizing technique. A microphone was set up on the table in my little room and a new tape relayed through the headphones. A female voice gave instructions, then spoke sibilant words at high frequency, leaving a gap between each. In the gap I was to repeat the word into the microphone. As I did this, my own voice, also filtered to very high pitch, came back into my ears. Due to past experience as a radio actress I felt quite at home with the mike, though I never expected to be presented with a script like this.
Next, a monk with a beautiful voice came on singing phrases of Gregorian chant, with cathedral echo backup. He too waited for my repetition, and I was glad he couldn’t hear it, for I never could carry a tune.
It was all terribly wearing. A deep exhaustion settled over me. My therapist had warned that I might get a little tired: it would mean that the therapy was working, the effect beginning to be felt in the muscle of the middle ear, the brain patterns rearranging themselves. He explained it again. I couldn’t follow any of it. I hadn’t the strength. The exhaustion that had seeped into me could only be compared with the depleted feeling that follows childbirth — or finishing a novel. Arriving home at night after the sixty-mile drive, I could hardly drag myself out of the car. I detested driving anyway; cars were technical and I hated them.
A calm sense of energy
How did it begin? I first noticed it at the wheel, while stopped in the rush-hour traffic. It was a kind of gentle vibration in my head, a sense of something about to take off. I began singing, using the humming technique I had learned in my sessions. I sang my way out of Montreal and hummed as I spun along the highway. When I got home I noted with surprise that I was not tired. Far from it. I stayed up late doing things around the house, and rose early the next morning, deeply rested and refreshed. The effect was subtle — not a high-powered charge but a sure, calm sense of energy. It was energy formerly untapped, now available, ready to be drawn upon as needed. The feeling of well-being increased day by day, peaking at moments — usually in the evening when I would ordinarily be flaked out — and sending a dynamism sparking along my veins as though I were electrically connected. I told my therapist: “I feel as though I’ve been plugged into the cosmos.”
He only smiled. He knew about this. For one thing he had taken the therapy himself in France as part of his training. His serenity was one of the characteristic results. Yet I saw him excited too — on the day when he opened the door of another listening room and pointed to a child wearing headphones and stretched out on a sofa.
- “That child,” he told me softly, “was so hyper that his parents were going to have to institutionalize him. Now he lies still for three hours every day listening to Mozart.” Later the boy’s mother also came for treatment, and the family found harmony.
Within a week I was going around in a perpetual state of exultation. Before my therapy began I’d been working on a novel. It had struck a roadblock and stopped. Suddenly the words began flowing again. I sat scribbling all through my sessions and was still working at home at midnight, though ordinarily I wasn’t able to write beyond noon. (That book was The Selena Tree, published by McClelland and Stewart, now in a New Canadian Library paperback edition. You might note the dedication.)
I seemed to feel no need for sleep. When I went to bed it was not because I was tired, but because the next day had rolled around and I thought I ought to. For years I had had difficulty sleeping and had made a huge point of going to bed at nine, to read for an hour and toss around for another two, so as to be asleep by midnight and get the eight hours I needed for a good morning’s work. This meant I had no evenings and neither did the others in the house, who had to tiptoe around and keep their talk to a whisper. Now I was seeing them off to bed while I charged around the house, typing, cooking, cleaning, catching up on correspondence and all those things which drag at the mind. When I lay down to sleep — miraculously, I slept.
My problem cured
On an afternoon in my sixth and final week, as I sat listening in my little room, the therapist came strolling in. I tensed up, in mortal fear that he was going to say something. Not only did I have to keep silent when there were voices in the background, but also when music was playing.
He began to speak. I went into my act, waving my hands frantically and objecting: “I’ve got the music on! I can’t talk when there’s music on, I never could!”
He smiled and said calmly: “You can now.”
I stopped short and listened to him. I ventured to answer. We chatted about many things and the music played on, and he was right: I had been cured.
I went out into the stores and talked to salespeople, with the babble of voices all around me. No problem. I couldn’t believe it. Neither could my family when I got home that night. I walked into the house and all talk stopped, as usual.
- “Go right on,” I said airily. “Doesn’t bother me a bit.”
Now I became intensely curious as to what had happened. I had asked several times: “What does the sound do exactly?” and could never understand the answer. It couldn’t be told in a few sentences. (One would have to write a book!) It had to do with recharging the cortex of the brain and was accompanied by some sort of theory about a return to the womb and a rebirth through sound. This clarified the picture for me as much as seeing it through water.
“It works,” the therapist said. “That’s what counts.”
It was true. From that day to this I have never been troubled by cross-currents of voices — though my daughters were disappointed about the paper bags. You see, along with everything else, my hearing has always been very acute, and there was something about the resonating crackle of paper bags being folded that struck my eardrums like spears. On shopping day, therefore, as we unpacked the groceries, I was always warning: “Don’t fold the bags till I’m out.” I finally left the kitchen awash in open, empty paper bags!
So the girls had hoped my therapy would take care of this too. But the effect of the sound is to open the hearing — so it was worse with the bags. Nothing’s perfect.
As the day approached when my listening sessions were to end, I began to feel bereft. What if it all wore off? I asked my therapist — I begged him: “Isn’t there some way I could listen to this kind of music at home?”
He assured me there wasn’t. “You would have to buy all this.” He waved at the equipment. “It cost twenty thousand dollars.”
If I’d had the twenty thousand, I’d have spent it on that in a minute.
“Even then,” he went on, “you wouldn’t know how to use it.”
That was certainly true. And given the state of technological development at that time, he was right that there was no way. He wasn’t lying to me. He just didn’t know he was talking to someone at whom the eye of fate had just winked.
After the final session he gave me the listening test again, and showed me on the graph the changes that had taken place. I didn’t have to see the graph. A graph is only two- dimensional lines. I knew in all the complex dimensions of myself the transformation that had occurred. I hugged him wordlessly and left. I felt strangely alone, unconnected from the equipment.
As the weeks passed, I slowly became unconnected from the cosmos too. The radiant energy flickered and faded. At the end of the day I was tired like anybody else. Sleep eluded me again, although there was no sign of the malady which had driven me to Sound Therapy. The cure was effective, but I mourned the loss of the beneficial side effects. For that I would have traded the cure in a twinkling.
I tried to cheer myself by going to some parties, now being normal, audiometrically speaking. Though I could stand the sound of voices, I remembered that I couldn’t stand parties. I walked the fields, humming desperately. The humming technique I’d been taught was the one scrap of self-help possible. I hummed until the birds all fled from that part of Quebec! It helped a little, but without the high frequencies to back it up I was humming in the dark.
Writer’s block struck again, and I was devastated. But there was something I could do for this. I developed a pattern: whenever I was seriously stuck I would phone Montreal and make an appointment for one Sound Therapy session. The three hours of listening never failed to get my inspiration flowing.
Evidently I was tied for life to the Montreal area, or maybe Toronto, where I understood there was one other sound therapist practising.
Life is cruel, and circumstances conspired to move me two years later to the Saskatchewan prairie. Settled in a tiny, charming old farmhouse in the Minichinas Hills, I knew it was the perfect place for me to live and write. Yet the real place of writing was in my head, and I would cheerfully have camped at the intersection of Peel and Ste. Catherine Streets if I could have had again the limitless vitality, the calm and drugless high that brought my inspiration to me like Joan’s angel voices on the wind.
Two years passed, and ever my mind strained eastward. Running like an underground river through my thoughts were plans and schemes for getting more Sound Therapy. I was on the point more than once of applying as Writer-in-Residence at Montreal’s Concordia University, a mad idea as I scarcely take up residence even in my own house but have to be always in the fresh air, doing my writing under the sky.
Sound Therapy at St Peter’s Abbey, Muenster
Some people have a vivid, lifelong, shining memory of the moment when they were proposed to; or informed that they had won the Irish sweepstake; or received the inspiration for a great invention. I will carry a vivid, lifelong shining memory of the moment, one evening in my prairie farmhouse, when my dinner guest, Russ Powell, idly said:
- “Oh, you know St. Peter’s Abbey up at Muenster?” (I didn’t know it. I just knew Muenster on the map.) “I have a relative by marriage there,” he continued, “a monk named Father Lawrence —”
I stifled a yawn.
“— and he’s working with the same therapy you took in Montreal.”
“What?” I sprang up, toppling my chair. Russ looked a little alarmed. “Sound Therapy?”
“Yes,” he said. “I went up last week and he demonstrated the listening test for me. They’re using the therapy with the pre-vocation students at St. Peter’s College there.”
Muenster? Muenster? Could it be possible? Russ described the listening test and the electronic set-up. There was no doubt: it was the same. On the thousands of miles of prairie, I had landed blind, forty-eight miles from the kingdom. …
Follow this link to read the rest of Patricia’s fascinating book about how her life was transformed by Sound Therapy.
How was our portable method developed?
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, “The Cocktail Effect”, which is the inability to discriminate between different sounds in a noisy environment.
Joudry then linked up with some Benedictine monks in Saskatchewan who had trained with Tomatis specialists and were using his method in their special school. The monks offered their full support and facilities to Joudry to put out the Tomatis method on cassette for use with the Sony Walkman or another personal cassette player with a similar frequency response.
The Joudry method overcame the three major obstacles to widespread success for the Tomatis method, access, affordability and long term use. Rafaele Joudry’s book Sound Therapy Music to Recharge your Brain tells the full story of the development of the self help method and serves as an instruction manual for those undertaking the therapy. The first part of the book by Patricia Joudry was originally released under the title: Sound Therapy for the Walk Man. Later Patricia teamed up with her daughter, Rafaele Joudry and together they improved the product line and brought out the updated and fully revised book.
Rafaele Joudry has gone on to write other books, has trained hundreds of practitioners in the use of Sound Therapy and lectures constantly to community and professional groups around the world. Sound Therapy International, the company, is the culmination of the vision developed by Patricia and carried on by her daughter Rafaele Joudry to create enhanced listening around the world.
Once the Joudry Sound Therapy program came on the market reports started coming in of unexpected results. People reporting recovery from depression, insomnia, chronic fatigue, tinnitus and hearing loss. The longer term treatment made possible with the portable system meant results were being maintained and more benefits were being discovered.
Sound Therapy International was established by Rafaele Joudry to bring Sound Therapy to all those who need it. Our mission is Creating Enhanced Listening Around the World. Sound Therapy International has been serving the public since 1989.
To learn more about the research behind Sound Therapy, request one of our Free Reports.
How does Sound Therapy differ from other therapeutic listening programs on the market?
Rhythm versus Frequency
A number of other sound applications have been developed using specific rhythms to entrain the brain and induce greater states of relaxation. (Essentially entrainment means the brain waves are slowed down and brought into synch with the rhythm of the music or sounds.) These may be seen under the names of SuperLearning, Holosynch or Hemisynch among others.
Sound Therapy is different to these programs because 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, unlike the entrainment or accelerated learning programs which require your full focus to be effective.
To learn more about the research behind Sound Therapy, request one of our Free Reports.
About Rafaele Joudry MSc (Psych.)
Author, international keynote speaker and founder of Sound Therapy International
Rafaele Joudry is a world leader and educator on Sound Therapy and the discoveries of Dr Tomatis. She has toured Australia, Europe & the USA to educate about the impact of sound upon our health.
Rafaele holds a Masters of Psychology specializing in Sound Therapy. Since founding Sound Therapy International in 1989 Rafaele has authored dozens of articles plus three best-selling books: Sound Therapy: Music to Recharge Your Brain, Triumph Over Tinnitus and Why Aren’t I Learning? Her books describe the remarkable power of Sound Therapy to improve ear function and brain integration, resulting in beneficial results for numerous conditions.
Educated in England and Canada, and now residing in Australia, Rafaele has a background in social work and community education, which engendered her interest in listening as the foundation of all communication.
Together with her mother, Patricia Joudry, Rafaele pioneered the introduction of Dr Tomatis’s Sound Therapy (or Audio-psycho-phonology) as a portable listening system. The Joudrys were the first ever to make Sound Therapy accessible to the public, enabling individuals from all walks of life to benefit from Tomatis’s unique discoveries about the ear and brain.
Since 1989 Rafaele has given hundreds of radio and TV appearances and has been interviewed by many leading presenters including ABC’s Tony Delroy and James O’Loghlin of the New Inventors and Kerri-Anne Kennerley. She has been featured on ABC TV, Sunrise Channel 7 and The Today Show on Channel 9.
Rafaele’s personal research included meeting with many of the originators and pioneers of the innovative field of Audio-Psycho-Phonology, during her international travels. She has gathered and collated all the research related to Dr Tomatis’s discoveries.
She has spoken extensively to over 200 community and professional groups including the Tinnitus Association, SHHH groups, self help groups, audiologists, nurses, speech pathologists and music therapists. She has also presented her findings at a variety of health related conferences.
Since 2000 Rafaele has designed and presented international training programs in Sound Therapy to over 200 practitioners covering the history, physiology, acoustics, remedial applications and research background to the Tomatis method. In order to further research into Sound Therapy Rafaele is now leading a team of researchers in allied health fields, who are studying its effects on ear and brain function including such conditions as tinnitus, epilepsy, memory, stress, sleep, learning and depression.
In order to further her work of bringing awareness, hope and solutions to all those suffering from noise related problems, Rafaele is available to speak to professional and community groups. For a highly informative and entertaining meeting please invite Rafaele Joudry for your next group event.
To learn more about their story, read an excerpt from Patricia and Rafaele Joudry’s book Sound Therapy: Music to Recharge Your Brain Chapter 2, Plugged into the Cosmos
About Patricia Joudry 1921 -2000
Patricia Joudry dedicated her life to helping others with their personal and spiritual development through her work.
Born in Spirit River, Alberta, Canada, Patricia carved out a successful career in radio in her twenties. As well as creating serious dramas for the stage she wrote the top rating radio comedy series The Aldrich Family. She then spent some years in England raising a family and devoted herself to esoteric study and more serious writing. Her published works include two novels: The Dweller on the Threshold, and The Selena Tree, two autobiographical books, And the Children Played and Spirit River to Angel’s Roost: Religions I have loved and left, and a non-fiction book, Twin Souls, co-authored with Dr. Maurie Pressman. She recently completed her autobiography, My Life as Patricia Joudry, soon to be published.
In 1984 she discovered Sound Therapy and wrote the original book on her discoveries: Sound Therapy for the Walkman. This book has now been up dated and re-released with additions by her daughter, Rafaele Joudry. The new book is entitled: Sound Therapy: Music to Recharge your Brain.
Now in its tenth edition, this is the fascinating story of Patricia’s transformation through Sound Therapy.
Due to sound sensitivity, Patricia’s life was an obstacle course of fearsome noise. The resulting stress meant chronic exhaustion and years of insomnia. Unexpected events led to the discovery that changed her life. Just a few weeks of Sound Therapy meant peaceful sleep and a new breakthrough in energy she had never dreamed possible. Patricia’s self help Sound Therapy has helped thousands and found its way by word of mouth to over 45 countries.
Patricia spent her last years writing and leading a peaceful life in Canada’s British Columbia .
How was Sound Therapy invented?
Sound Therapy was originally developed by the ear specialist, Dr Tomatis, who made some very important discoveries about the role that the ear plays in the health of our brain and nervous system. Tomatis specialised in education and took his method into the schools, where his porgram helped hundreds of children with dyslexia to learn to read. He also helped singers and people with industrial deafness. In later years his clinics focussed more on assisting clients to learn foreign languages.
Some years later, the Canadian author, Patricia Joudry, adapted the method into a portable porgram which she launched with her book, Sound Therapy for the Walk Man. Through the self help system, Sound Therapy became accessible all over the world. The long term treatment made possible by this method extended its effectiveness into the arenas of hearing loss, tinnitus and the long term treatment of many neurological and stress related disorders.
Since 1989 Sound Therapy International has been furthering the research and development of Sound Therapy through public education, research, practitioner training and technological advances.
To learn more about the research behind Sound Therapy, request one of our Free Reports.
How did Dr Tomatis make his discoveries?
Dr Tomatis, a Paris based ear, nose and throat specialist, 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.
In the 1940s Tomatis devised a system of taking the listener back through the auditory experience of being in the womb and first learning to identify sound. He called this process ‘sonic birth’. He began this path of discovery when he learned that if baby birds are hatched under silent foster mothers, the hatchlings will be unable to learn to sing.
The Tomatis Effect
As his initial concern was with hearing loss, Tomatis’s 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 are heard at a lower level. (This is called a scotoma.) 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 framed his first law: “The voice contains only those sounds that the ear can hear.”
To learn more about Dr Tomatis read an article by Rafaele Joudry Tomatis the Irrepressible Pioneer (See articles for Web).
To learn more about the research behind Sound Therapy, request one of our Free Reports.
The Tomatis principles, how Tomatis is unique
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 offered by Sound Therapy International is unique. The method is based on the discoveries of Dr Alfred Tomatis, the French ear specialist who developed the discipline called audio-psycho-phonology, meaning the psychology of speech and hearing.
To learn more about the research behind Sound Therapy, request one of our Free Reports.
The mission of Sound Therapy International is creating enhanced listening around the world. The company supplies the complete range of books and listening devices developed originally by Patricia and now her daughter Rafaele Joudry.
Our qualified team of telephone consultants and independent consultants is available to bring Sound Therapy to the public in the most portable, affordable and accessible form. Products can be ordered by mail, phone, fax or internet shopping cart or directly through our local representatives.
Our listening programs suit all ages and offer the same benefits that are available through clinical Tomatis treatment. The advantage of the portable system is that it is much more affordable and allows long term listening which brings sustained and continued benefits over a lifetime.
Our range includes specialised kits for families and children of different ages and advanced programs for long term listeners. We also supply support materials to ensure that you get maximum benefit form your listening program. These include self directed workbooks, published books, videos, instructions and training courses for practitioners.
Follow up support is available in the form of regular newsletters, e-zines, product updates, ongoing research and customer support. We pride ourselves on being the world leader in developing, marketing, disseminating and training in self help Sound Therapy. Visit our website if you would like to order now.
Listening – Connection – Integration
Creating enhanced listening around the world
To provide a fundamental and unique solution to improve ear and brain health through a system of Sound Therapy that is accessible, easy to use and gives the best value for money.