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Norman Altrogge, University student and part-time restaurant worker:
“Over and above assisting me in relaxing and winding down, my hearing became much keener as I listened to the cassettes from day to day. There followed improved concentration and it seemed easier to zero in on things. The listening had a sort of snowballing effect in improving my ability to focus my mind and put myself into whatever I’m doing with a larger degree of intensity.”
Dyslexic adult “switched on”
Cecily Bova, Cape Town, South Africa:
“At last I am able to send you my experience of sound therapy. I have been listening for up to six hours a day since October last year. (Five months) A truly hard case with very stubborn ears. I am not just a visual type, but an artist, deciphering everything thro’ my eyes. Without being told, I already knew I was “locked in” for that is how I have experienced the world, as though I lived at a distance: which makes sense because the eyes are the furthest away sense.
I loved music, but I knew the quality of sound evaded me, and I longed to hear as a musician would. Much as I enjoyed colour tones, rhythms, I knew my ears were not experiencing true sound.
Being a dyslexic adult, with switched off ears, has caused terrible suffering, as you will understand. I am in my mid 50’s and it has taken all these years to wait, and work only with body and eyes, cut off from true sound.
I have experienced a lot of anger and frustration, because of the loneliness and isolation: one of my main hang ups in the world was that I felt invisible. In fact I was beginning to call myself the invisible man (woman). I was ignored, in other words. My anger was in my voice. No doubt all who heard me would switch off.
…The results came and went. I kept a diary for three months. Everything stressed me in the end, change of life, the terrible South African situation with the increased isolationism of that, stressful home situations, homesickness for England, and hostility for South Africa made me feel more locked in than Mandela.
…Last week a change began to take place. I could not sleep a whole night. I was wide awake… my mind clear and active all night. I was frightened by it. Then awake all day, with no fatigue. This has continued, my mind clear, not disturbed. My ears are lighting up. In the past two days I am aware of them as appendages on each side of my head, my ears feel like horns, or shells, I feel their depth into my head. Sound is coming through, I am “switching On”, Patricia, with a calming effect. I can hear the anger in my voice. My speech has become softer; I am so amazed by this listening ability. I keep on thinking it will stop. If it does I’ll go mad.
At last I am aware of the other, the thou in my life. There is no doubt about it. Sound therapy in my case acted like First Aid. I was drowning, like a stranded whale, disoriented, I missed that quality of being bathed in sound. Supermarkets, noisy places, and loud pop music drove me insane. I lived purely with my eyes, focusing on colours and enjoying life in the artistic manner. Any disturbance of that made me angry, critical and aggressive. I always felt as though my privacy was being invaded.
Now my experience of sound therapy has humbled me. I am in awe of sound. I can actively focus on sound sources. It’s incredible, as though I have been given a new instrument, calming my mind and soul.
Bless you, Patricia, and all the brothers who helped you and worked with you to produce this for the man in the street. I could not have afforded the therapy in a listening lab.
Crosswords, social skills, maturation
Claude Heppell, Rimouski, Quebec:
“The most recent effect of my Sound Therapy, after l4 months of listening to the tapes, is rather amusing: for I have lately discovered a capability of doing crosswords, at which I had slaved in vain in the past.
As a purely visual person, it took me a long time to realize effects with these tapes. I was patient and persistent, as I enjoyed the music and found that I missed it when I skipped a day. Gradually I found myself becoming a more social person, feeling more and more love for others, with a powerful new capacity to interact and create in volunteer groups for old people. I am 46, and whereas one might say this was a natural maturation, I believe that, on the contrary, change is more difficult as we get older.
A few months ago, singing some folksongs for my own pleasure, I realized I had more ability to strike the right notes than before. And when I speak, my voice, which I disliked until recently, is gradually becoming more resonant, warm, and well controlled. All thanks to the Sound Therapy cassettes and Walkman.”
More focussed singer
Melanie King, singer-composer, Melbourne, Australia:
“I have had some beautiful benefits from using the tapes – trebled energy, less sleep needed, steadier moods, more focused concentration – and I have notes in the top of my vocal range which are brand new.”
P.S., some months later: “My voice continues to soar eaglebound in new ways!”
Madonna Schoonder, Sydney, NSW, Australia:
I’ve always had bad concentration & memory. I also have what I call dyslexic hearing. People talk to me but I have no idea what they’re saying most times. It makes no sense to me & I just shut off. I heard about Sound Therapy & wasn’t sure if it would help but wanted to give it a go. I listened for 3 hrs the first night & slept the whole night through & soundly. Something that’s never happened before; my whole life I’ve had trouble getting to sleep and staying asleep more than 2 or 3 hrs, even when exhausted. So for me, that was great. Not only that, I’ve slept well every night since, even with my boyfriend there who literally jumps all around all night & constantly bangs the bed with his legs.
I’ve also noticed my concentration has improved enormously. I can read a book now without my mind wandering & I only need to read it once because it makes sense the first time. My conversations have improved also because people’s words make sense now & don’t seem all jumbled.
The first time I listened to Sound Therapy was just a quick listen from a friend. I didn’t even really know what it was. I’d just had a huge fight with my boyfriend & was extremely upset. Within seconds of listening to the music it calmed me down a lot.
Mind in a fog
Mrs A Stolz, Kirwan, Queensland, Asutralia:
A note to let you know how excited I am at the results I have with Sound Therapy. After approximately 20 hours of listening, I believe I am experiencing positive results.
I am a Registered Nurse working in a neonatal unit where we care for sick and premature babies. There is a lot to learn and know in this relatively new field of nursing. Because each baby’s weeks of gestation, present age, and weight must be considered before starting anything else, I felt my mind was in a fog for a long time in working out their progress. Now I find a joy in being at work that I haven’t had before. It is a marvellous feeling.
I have been listening to the tapes very softly, just before I go to sleep, or sometimes, on days off, while doing housework. I play tapes softly so I can listen to the same one many times without tiring of it before I change to another tape. I look forward to 100 hours of listening and have put on layby walkmans for all the members of my family including grandchildren.
Thank you so very much for making this therapy available.