A Non Pharmeceutical Treatment For ADD AVN

 

A Non-pharmaceutical Treatment for ADD

Sound Therapy in the Treatment of Dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, Delayed Speech, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

 

Today more and more parents are looking for non pharmaceutical treatments for the increasing levels of learning difficulties affecting their children. Creating a toxin free environment is of vital importance so that growing children do not become overloaded with chemicals that the liver cannot process. Early exposure to chemicals is being linked to developmental delays and learning disorders.

In addition to good nutrition and assistance with detoxification, a very important aspect of treatment, too often overlooked by learning difficulty specialists is treatment through auditory retraining, or Sound Therapy.  This treatment is now available as a home based therapeutic listening program which assists listening, brain function and language development. Evidence points to the potential benefit of Sound Therapy in counteracting today’s environmental assaults on the developing child. Dr Veira Scheibner, who is well known for her extensive research in the vaccination field, suggests that Sound Therapy is an important treatment to assist the child’s brain to recover from the damage caused by vaccination or other environmental toxins.

  Why the ear

Dr Tomatis the ear specialist and originator of Sound Therapy said “We read with our ears.” This theory is founded upon the fact that the ear is the only primary sense organ which is registered at all three levels of the brain, the brain stem, mid brain and cortex. In contrast the visual sense is seated only in the cortex. It is for this reason that Tomatis believed that perceptual problems often need to be addressed through the auditory function.

Julia, Dive, a tutor specialising in Sound Therapy explains the importance of listening when a child is learning to read: “if children can’t hear the sounds, if they can’t relate a sound to the symbol, then they have trouble having it register in their head and then relating that sound again to that symbol next time they see it. They need to able to understand, see the letter, hear the letter and reproduce the sound of that letter next time they see it. And then they need to be able to blend that letter in with all the other letters that form a word and be able to reproduce that sound again. And Sound Therapy, I think actually helps that process of what happens after the sound goes into the head and then where it goes inside your brain and what your brain does with it and how it spits it back out again at the other side.”

For this complex decoding process to occur, millions of brain connections are needed. Susan Greenfield, a leading educator on the human brain, explains that axons and dendrites, the tiny filaments which enable communication between the neurones, are created in response to stimulation of the brain. This stimulus could simply be from thinking about something of interest, or it could be a sound, particularly a high frequency sound. Dr Alfred Tomatis who developed the Sound Therapy program in the 1950s, made crucial discoveries on the neurological and psychological fronts. These included the fact that the brain needs a concentrated input of high frequency sound in order to function at maximum potential, and that the baby’s brain develops much of its basic structure from hearing language while still in utero. The growing foetus actually hears the mothers voice.

Dr Veira Scheibner explains that Sound Therapy creates new brain connections, restoring some of the damage done by vaccination. Once the nutritional and detoxification aspects have been addressed, many practitioners believe Sound Therapy is an important tool for restoring neurological functioning.

Other leading specialists have reached the same conclusions as Tomatis about the importance of the ear in learning. Dr Levinson, author of Smart but Feeling Dumb has specialised in the clinical treatment of dyslexia and ADD for several decades and, like Tomatis, concludes that these problems are somehow related to the ear. His approach, however, is to treat the ear with pharmaceutical remedies, while Dr Tomatis treated it with sound.

 

Conditions treated successfully with Sound Therapy

Dyslexia. Word reversal, one of the typical symptoms of dyslexia, is according to Tomatis’s theory, linked to left ear dominance. Sound Therapy encourages right ear dominance, thereby improving the efficiency of the brain in delivering sounds directly to the left hemisphere which is primarily responsible for language.

ADD/ADHD Sound Therapy improves attention by increasing high frequency perception, processing speed, and the ability to inhibit action and therefore decide on the appropriateness of an action before jumping in.

Autism is typified by hyperacusis or phonophobia (sensitivity to or fear of loud sounds.). Sound Therapy increases the resilience of the ear in accommodating the full range of frequencies. It also improves language integration and increases the ability for meaningful communication.

Speech problems such as stuttering and delayed speech development are frequently remedied by Sound Therapy. If there have been ear problems or emotional problems at a crucial stage of development, neural patterning may be interrupted. Sound Therapy stimulates the process of speech patterning and allows listeners to catch up with speech development.

Down’s syndrome. Research in recent years has shown that hearing problems play a major role in the disabilities experienced by children with Down’s syndrome. As both hearing and auditory processing are improved, children with Down’s syndrome show significant social and learning improvements.

Pre natal development. Dr Tomatis investigated the role of sound in the unborn foetus and demonstrated that much of the neuronal patterning of the brain is laid down as a result of the child listening to its mother’s voice while in the womb. When the mother listens to high frequencies, her voice is stimulated, having a beneficial effect on the developing foetus.

 

Inner ear dysfunction

The ear has been described as “the Rome of the body,” because so many of the cranial nerves are linked to a some part of the ear. The auditory nerve has branches surrounding the ocular motor nerve, indicating its control of eye tracking. Dr Levinson says, “The inner ear system has been proven to direct and guide our eyes and tracking responses automatically during the reading process.”

Through thousands of case studies Levinson came to the realisation that in every case of dyslexia the unifying factor was inner ear dysfunction. He realised that dyslexia affects every aspect of ones life, auditory and visual processing as well as motor coordination and balance, both waking and sleeping. Hence, he says: “I came to view the inner-ear system as a fine-tuner for the entire sensory input and motor output system.” This led to understanding of the role of the cerebellum, which could be seen as the grand central station linking the local exchange of the inner ear to the final destination of the cortex.

 

The cerebellum

The cerebellum plays a significant role in sensory coordination, both visual and auditory, and has been dubbed by Susan Greenfield the ‘autopilot of the brain.’ Levinson believes that any learning difficulty associated with auditory processing problems is linked to the cerebellum.

The following graphic description of the cerebellum and its vital gate-keeping role in the human body is from a Scientific American article by R. Snider. With a group of outstanding neurophysiologists he reached these conclusions after completing a series of animal experiments.

 

“In the back of our skulls, perched upon the brain stem is a baseball sized, bean-bag shaped lump of grey and white brain tissue. This is the cerebellum, the “lesser brain.” In contrast to the cerebrum, where men have sought and found the centres of so many vital mental activities, the cerebellum remains a region of subtle and tantalising mystery, its function hidden from investigators….Its elusive signals have begun to tell us that, while the cerebellum itself directs no body functions, it operates as monitor and coordinator of  the brain’s other centres and as mediator between them and the body…”

 

Many other studies have corroborated the evidence for the inner ear dysfunction theory. When numerous dyslexics tested at four leading hospitals with electronystagmography (ENG), a special physiological inner-ear testing method, 90% showed definite evidence of inner-ear dysfunction.

 

 

Correspondence with Tomatis’s views

Levinson analysed 35,000 dyslexics, the largest sample ever he claims. He paid great and detailed attention to all symptoms he observed, and eventually wove the symptoms together into a new understanding of dyslexia. His conclusion was the same as Dr Tomatis’s, that dyslexia is caused by an inner ear dysfunction, which can affect capabilities in any or all of the following areas.

 

Reading, writing, spelling, mathematics, memory, direction, time, speech, hyperactivity, overactivity, impulsiveness, concentration and distractibility, ADD ADHD,  phobias and related mental behavioural disorders, balance and coordination.

 

ADD ADHD

Levinson found that ninety percent of children diagnosed with ADD/ ADHD have inner ear related problems similar to dyslexics. He therefore concludes that both dyslexia and ADD originate from the same cause, but have been slightly differently defined leading to different diagnoses. However, both have proved responsive to treatment with Sound Therapy, corroborating both Levinson and Tomatis’s view that finely tuned ear function is fundamental to learning.

 

Pre-Natal Listening

Dr Tomatis, made significant discoveries about the role of the ear and sound in the prenatal development of the brain. Sound is the first sense to develop fully in the womb. The foetus’s ear is ready to perceive sound at four and a half months. The baby listens to its mother’s heartbeat, respiration and digestive sounds. Dr.Tomatis believes that the baby can also hear the mother’s voice and becomes familiar with this sound before birth.

The sound of the mother’s voice with its familiar tone and rhythm is what provides continuity between the prenatal and post-natal worlds. The infant is particularly accustomed to the high frequency sounds of the voice as heard in the womb, and therefore is immediately reassured when presented with high frequency sounds filtered to a similar level.

When the mother listens to Sound Therapy during her pregnancy, the benefits she receives are passed on to the infant. The effects of listening for the mother are a soothing  of her whole system and a stimulation to the cortex of the brain from the high frequency sound.

The hormonal shift experienced by the mother at birth sometimes causes post natal depression. This can be greatly alleviated by the continued use of Sound Therapy after giving birth, as well as by herbal treatment to balance the hormones.

 

Dyslexia

The left hemisphere of the brain is the main center for processing language. In order for speech sounds to reach the brain efficiently the right ear must take a leading role in listening, because the right ear communicates most directly with the left brain hemisphere.

Dr. Tomatis contends that children with dyslexia have failed to achieve right ear dominance and that therefore the order in which they hear sound becomes jumbled. The balance between the two hemispheres of the brain is of fundamental importance in overcoming dyslexia. Both hemispheres play a role in processing language, but the roles they play are different. The eye must combine with the power and the quality of the ear to make sense of the written sounds. This co-ordination happens easily when the left hemisphere deals primarily with audition and the right hemisphere deals primarily with vision. In dyslexia, the route which allows for phonic analysis has been damaged. Sound Therapy restores the functioning of this route and eliminates the cause of the problem.

Sound Therapy stimulates and exercises the ear, teaching it to receive and interpret sound in an efficient manner. Music is a highly organised series of sounds that the ear has to analyse. Therefore, listening to music is an excellent way for a child to learn how to perceive sounds in an organised fashion, or in other words, to listen. The higher volume of sound to the right ear, which is built into all Sound Therapy recordings, means that the right ear is educated to be the directing ear. When this right ear dominance is achieved, the problem of reversal will frequently disappear.

 

Autism spectrum disorders

Many children with autism spectrum disorders exhibit extreme sensitivity to noise. Some frequencies are actually painful for them to hear. Dr. Tomatis suggests that in order to shut out painful sounds or other unwanted stimuli the child closes down the hearing mechanism so that certain sounds cannot penetrate the consciousness. On a physiological level, this closing off of the ear is achieved by a relaxation of the muscles of the middle ear. Over time, these muscles lose their tonicity. Sounds are then imprecisely perceived and as a result incorrectly analysed.

Sound Therapy offers a child with autism the opportunity to re-open the listening capacity. The fluctuating sounds produced by the Electronic Ear gradually exercise and tone the ear muscles, teaching the ear to respond to and recognise the full range of frequencies. As this happens, communication takes on new meanings and the child begins to respond where before he or she was unreachable.

          Sound Therapy recreates the pre-birth experience of audition and enables emotional contact to be made first with the mother and then with other people.

Children with autism respond to Sound Therapy by showing a greater interest in making contact and communicating with the people around them. Interactions with their family members become more affectionate and appropriate. There is often increased eye contact and the children have a longer attention span.

 

Attention Deficit Disorder

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)  are believed to be caused by a deficiency in the transmission system which relays messages between cells in various parts of the brain.

The majority of children with ADD/ADHD have auditory reception problems. Although they can hear they cannot make sense of what they hear, because the ear and the brain are not working efficiently to process the sound. They have difficulty tuning out unwanted input and focusing on selected sounds.

It is this indiscriminate reception of auditory input which leads to the inability to concentrate on a selected topic for any length of time. Where hyperactivity is part of the child’s condition, there are additional problems of impulsiveness, behavioural problems and poor social skills.

Sound Therapy provides this rehabilitation for the ear and re-organises the auditory transmission in the brain. This process reduces stress and tension in the whole nervous system as the child becomes able to attend to a chosen stimulus instead of being constantly distracted by every sound in the environment.

Very dramatic results can be achieved with Sound Therapy for children with ADD/ADHD. The first change to be observed will be a marked decrease in activity (for overactive children) while under active children will become more energised. As the listening discrimination is retrained, memory and concentration improves so that learning can be achieved with a great deal less effort. Sleep and appetite problems are resolved as the whole system becomes calmer and less erratic. The behavioural difficulties, such as impulsiveness and aggression, are now brought down to a manageable level. The child is now able to pay attention in class and to understand and follow instructions and is motivated to communicate and learn.

 

Speech Problems

Unless there is a deformity in the vocal apparatus, most speech difficulties are caused by some interference or distortion in auditory reception. Although the hearing may test as normal, the relaying of verbal information to the brain may be impaired. Hearing your own voice is a source of constant feedback while speaking and any confusion in the sequence of received sounds can cause confusion in speech output. The results can be substitutions of one sound for another, stumbling over words or a flat and toneless voice.

Most people use the left hemisphere of the brain as the primary integrating centre for language. Some studies have shown that stutterers process language primarily in the right hemisphere or a mixture of the two. The right hemisphere is less efficient for processing auditory information, so the result is problems in the timing of speech output such as stuttering.

Speech difficulties frequently lead to problems in other areas where language is used, such as reading and writing. The element which is the basis for all these skills is the ability to hear and process sound accurately.

Dr. Tomatis made an important discovery about the relatedness of the ear to the voice. He established that the larynx emits only those harmonics that the ear hears. A lack of tone in the voice indicates a lack of tone in the hearing. Sound Therapy fine tunes the hearing and restores the ability to hear missing frequencies.

 

Sound Therapy is flexible, portable, easy and fun

Listening can be done during sleep, play, homework or travel. If the child wishes to listen at school, parents can ask for the consent of the teacher. This will likely be granted, as listening in the classroom will often help the child to concentrate and perform better.

Sound Therapy is used on a personal cassette player with headphones.

The total listening time required for most children to receive the full benefit from the program is approximately 100 hours.  Most children have an instinctive response to the acoustic stimulation of Sound Therapy and will take to the listening keenly.

Close to two hundred practitioners in Australia now recommend the method. However, the portable program means that parents can use Sound Therapy at home without needing to see a practitioner.

In its portable form, Sound Therapy is affordable, portable, easy, harmless and requires no special testing or supervision.

 

For more information on Sound Therapy readers are referred to the book: Why Aren’t I Learning? : Listening is the Key to Overcoming Learning Difficulties,  by Rafaele Joudry

 

This can be obtained through your local bookstore or from Sound Therapy International Pty Ltd. Phone Sydney 02 9317 3799 1300 55 77 96 or

 

info@soundthrapyinternational.com

www.soundtherapyinternational.com

 

 

 

 

A Non Pharmeceutical Treatment For ADD AVN

 

A Non-pharmaceutical Treatment for ADD

Sound Therapy in the Treatment of Dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, Delayed Speech, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

 

Today more and more parents are looking for non pharmaceutical treatments for the increasing levels of learning difficulties affecting their children. Creating a toxin free environment is of vital importance so that growing children do not become overloaded with chemicals that the liver cannot process. Early exposure to chemicals is being linked to developmental delays and learning disorders.

In addition to good nutrition and assistance with detoxification, a very important aspect of treatment, too often overlooked by learning difficulty specialists is treatment through auditory retraining, or Sound Therapy.  This treatment is now available as a home based therapeutic listening program which assists listening, brain function and language development. Evidence points to the potential benefit of Sound Therapy in counteracting today’s environmental assaults on the developing child. Dr Veira Scheibner, who is well known for her extensive research in the vaccination field, suggests that Sound Therapy is an important treatment to assist the child’s brain to recover from the damage caused by vaccination or other environmental toxins.

  Why the ear

Dr Tomatis the ear specialist and originator of Sound Therapy said “We read with our ears.” This theory is founded upon the fact that the ear is the only primary sense organ which is registered at all three levels of the brain, the brain stem, mid brain and cortex. In contrast the visual sense is seated only in the cortex. It is for this reason that Tomatis believed that perceptual problems often need to be addressed through the auditory function.

Julia, Dive, a tutor specialising in Sound Therapy explains the importance of listening when a child is learning to read: “if children can’t hear the sounds, if they can’t relate a sound to the symbol, then they have trouble having it register in their head and then relating that sound again to that symbol next time they see it. They need to able to understand, see the letter, hear the letter and reproduce the sound of that letter next time they see it. And then they need to be able to blend that letter in with all the other letters that form a word and be able to reproduce that sound again. And Sound Therapy, I think actually helps that process of what happens after the sound goes into the head and then where it goes inside your brain and what your brain does with it and how it spits it back out again at the other side.”

For this complex decoding process to occur, millions of brain connections are needed. Susan Greenfield, a leading educator on the human brain, explains that axons and dendrites, the tiny filaments which enable communication between the neurones, are created in response to stimulation of the brain. This stimulus could simply be from thinking about something of interest, or it could be a sound, particularly a high frequency sound. Dr Alfred Tomatis who developed the Sound Therapy program in the 1950s, made crucial discoveries on the neurological and psychological fronts. These included the fact that the brain needs a concentrated input of high frequency sound in order to function at maximum potential, and that the baby’s brain develops much of its basic structure from hearing language while still in utero. The growing foetus actually hears the mothers voice.

Dr Veira Scheibner explains that Sound Therapy creates new brain connections, restoring some of the damage done by vaccination. Once the nutritional and detoxification aspects have been addressed, many practitioners believe Sound Therapy is an important tool for restoring neurological functioning.

Other leading specialists have reached the same conclusions as Tomatis about the importance of the ear in learning. Dr Levinson, author of Smart but Feeling Dumb has specialised in the clinical treatment of dyslexia and ADD for several decades and, like Tomatis, concludes that these problems are somehow related to the ear. His approach, however, is to treat the ear with pharmaceutical remedies, while Dr Tomatis treated it with sound.

 

Conditions treated successfully with Sound Therapy

Dyslexia. Word reversal, one of the typical symptoms of dyslexia, is according to Tomatis’s theory, linked to left ear dominance. Sound Therapy encourages right ear dominance, thereby improving the efficiency of the brain in delivering sounds directly to the left hemisphere which is primarily responsible for language.

ADD/ADHD Sound Therapy improves attention by increasing high frequency perception, processing speed, and the ability to inhibit action and therefore decide on the appropriateness of an action before jumping in.

Autism is typified by hyperacusis or phonophobia (sensitivity to or fear of loud sounds.). Sound Therapy increases the resilience of the ear in accommodating the full range of frequencies. It also improves language integration and increases the ability for meaningful communication.

Speech problems such as stuttering and delayed speech development are frequently remedied by Sound Therapy. If there have been ear problems or emotional problems at a crucial stage of development, neural patterning may be interrupted. Sound Therapy stimulates the process of speech patterning and allows listeners to catch up with speech development.

Down’s syndrome. Research in recent years has shown that hearing problems play a major role in the disabilities experienced by children with Down’s syndrome. As both hearing and auditory processing are improved, children with Down’s syndrome show significant social and learning improvements.

Pre natal development. Dr Tomatis investigated the role of sound in the unborn foetus and demonstrated that much of the neuronal patterning of the brain is laid down as a result of the child listening to its mother’s voice while in the womb. When the mother listens to high frequencies, her voice is stimulated, having a beneficial effect on the developing foetus.

 

Inner ear dysfunction

The ear has been described as “the Rome of the body,” because so many of the cranial nerves are linked to a some part of the ear. The auditory nerve has branches surrounding the ocular motor nerve, indicating its control of eye tracking. Dr Levinson says, “The inner ear system has been proven to direct and guide our eyes and tracking responses automatically during the reading process.”

Through thousands of case studies Levinson came to the realisation that in every case of dyslexia the unifying factor was inner ear dysfunction. He realised that dyslexia affects every aspect of ones life, auditory and visual processing as well as motor coordination and balance, both waking and sleeping. Hence, he says: “I came to view the inner-ear system as a fine-tuner for the entire sensory input and motor output system.” This led to understanding of the role of the cerebellum, which could be seen as the grand central station linking the local exchange of the inner ear to the final destination of the cortex.

 

The cerebellum

The cerebellum plays a significant role in sensory coordination, both visual and auditory, and has been dubbed by Susan Greenfield the ‘autopilot of the brain.’ Levinson believes that any learning difficulty associated with auditory processing problems is linked to the cerebellum.

The following graphic description of the cerebellum and its vital gate-keeping role in the human body is from a Scientific American article by R. Snider. With a group of outstanding neurophysiologists he reached these conclusions after completing a series of animal experiments.

 

“In the back of our skulls, perched upon the brain stem is a baseball sized, bean-bag shaped lump of grey and white brain tissue. This is the cerebellum, the “lesser brain.” In contrast to the cerebrum, where men have sought and found the centres of so many vital mental activities, the cerebellum remains a region of subtle and tantalising mystery, its function hidden from investigators….Its elusive signals have begun to tell us that, while the cerebellum itself directs no body functions, it operates as monitor and coordinator of  the brain’s other centres and as mediator between them and the body…”

 

Many other studies have corroborated the evidence for the inner ear dysfunction theory. When numerous dyslexics tested at four leading hospitals with electronystagmography (ENG), a special physiological inner-ear testing method, 90% showed definite evidence of inner-ear dysfunction.

 

 

Correspondence with Tomatis’s views

Levinson analysed 35,000 dyslexics, the largest sample ever he claims. He paid great and detailed attention to all symptoms he observed, and eventually wove the symptoms together into a new understanding of dyslexia. His conclusion was the same as Dr Tomatis’s, that dyslexia is caused by an inner ear dysfunction, which can affect capabilities in any or all of the following areas.

 

Reading, writing, spelling, mathematics, memory, direction, time, speech, hyperactivity, overactivity, impulsiveness, concentration and distractibility, ADD ADHD,  phobias and related mental behavioural disorders, balance and coordination.

 

ADD ADHD

Levinson found that ninety percent of children diagnosed with ADD/ ADHD have inner ear related problems similar to dyslexics. He therefore concludes that both dyslexia and ADD originate from the same cause, but have been slightly differently defined leading to different diagnoses. However, both have proved responsive to treatment with Sound Therapy, corroborating both Levinson and Tomatis’s view that finely tuned ear function is fundamental to learning.

 

Pre-Natal Listening

Dr Tomatis, made significant discoveries about the role of the ear and sound in the prenatal development of the brain. Sound is the first sense to develop fully in the womb. The foetus’s ear is ready to perceive sound at four and a half months. The baby listens to its mother’s heartbeat, respiration and digestive sounds. Dr.Tomatis believes that the baby can also hear the mother’s voice and becomes familiar with this sound before birth.

The sound of the mother’s voice with its familiar tone and rhythm is what provides continuity between the prenatal and post-natal worlds. The infant is particularly accustomed to the high frequency sounds of the voice as heard in the womb, and therefore is immediately reassured when presented with high frequency sounds filtered to a similar level.

When the mother listens to Sound Therapy during her pregnancy, the benefits she receives are passed on to the infant. The effects of listening for the mother are a soothing  of her whole system and a stimulation to the cortex of the brain from the high frequency sound.

The hormonal shift experienced by the mother at birth sometimes causes post natal depression. This can be greatly alleviated by the continued use of Sound Therapy after giving birth, as well as by herbal treatment to balance the hormones.

 

Dyslexia

The left hemisphere of the brain is the main center for processing language. In order for speech sounds to reach the brain efficiently the right ear must take a leading role in listening, because the right ear communicates most directly with the left brain hemisphere.

Dr. Tomatis contends that children with dyslexia have failed to achieve right ear dominance and that therefore the order in which they hear sound becomes jumbled. The balance between the two hemispheres of the brain is of fundamental importance in overcoming dyslexia. Both hemispheres play a role in processing language, but the roles they play are different. The eye must combine with the power and the quality of the ear to make sense of the written sounds. This co-ordination happens easily when the left hemisphere deals primarily with audition and the right hemisphere deals primarily with vision. In dyslexia, the route which allows for phonic analysis has been damaged. Sound Therapy restores the functioning of this route and eliminates the cause of the problem.

Sound Therapy stimulates and exercises the ear, teaching it to receive and interpret sound in an efficient manner. Music is a highly organised series of sounds that the ear has to analyse. Therefore, listening to music is an excellent way for a child to learn how to perceive sounds in an organised fashion, or in other words, to listen. The higher volume of sound to the right ear, which is built into all Sound Therapy recordings, means that the right ear is educated to be the directing ear. When this right ear dominance is achieved, the problem of reversal will frequently disappear.

 

Autism spectrum disorders

Many children with autism spectrum disorders exhibit extreme sensitivity to noise. Some frequencies are actually painful for them to hear. Dr. Tomatis suggests that in order to shut out painful sounds or other unwanted stimuli the child closes down the hearing mechanism so that certain sounds cannot penetrate the consciousness. On a physiological level, this closing off of the ear is achieved by a relaxation of the muscles of the middle ear. Over time, these muscles lose their tonicity. Sounds are then imprecisely perceived and as a result incorrectly analysed.

Sound Therapy offers a child with autism the opportunity to re-open the listening capacity. The fluctuating sounds produced by the Electronic Ear gradually exercise and tone the ear muscles, teaching the ear to respond to and recognise the full range of frequencies. As this happens, communication takes on new meanings and the child begins to respond where before he or she was unreachable.

          Sound Therapy recreates the pre-birth experience of audition and enables emotional contact to be made first with the mother and then with other people.

Children with autism respond to Sound Therapy by showing a greater interest in making contact and communicating with the people around them. Interactions with their family members become more affectionate and appropriate. There is often increased eye contact and the children have a longer attention span.

 

Attention Deficit Disorder

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)  are believed to be caused by a deficiency in the transmission system which relays messages between cells in various parts of the brain.

The majority of children with ADD/ADHD have auditory reception problems. Although they can hear they cannot make sense of what they hear, because the ear and the brain are not working efficiently to process the sound. They have difficulty tuning out unwanted input and focusing on selected sounds.

It is this indiscriminate reception of auditory input which leads to the inability to concentrate on a selected topic for any length of time. Where hyperactivity is part of the child’s condition, there are additional problems of impulsiveness, behavioural problems and poor social skills.

Sound Therapy provides this rehabilitation for the ear and re-organises the auditory transmission in the brain. This process reduces stress and tension in the whole nervous system as the child becomes able to attend to a chosen stimulus instead of being constantly distracted by every sound in the environment.

Very dramatic results can be achieved with Sound Therapy for children with ADD/ADHD. The first change to be observed will be a marked decrease in activity (for overactive children) while under active children will become more energised. As the listening discrimination is retrained, memory and concentration improves so that learning can be achieved with a great deal less effort. Sleep and appetite problems are resolved as the whole system becomes calmer and less erratic. The behavioural difficulties, such as impulsiveness and aggression, are now brought down to a manageable level. The child is now able to pay attention in class and to understand and follow instructions and is motivated to communicate and learn.

 

Speech Problems

Unless there is a deformity in the vocal apparatus, most speech difficulties are caused by some interference or distortion in auditory reception. Although the hearing may test as normal, the relaying of verbal information to the brain may be impaired. Hearing your own voice is a source of constant feedback while speaking and any confusion in the sequence of received sounds can cause confusion in speech output. The results can be substitutions of one sound for another, stumbling over words or a flat and toneless voice.

Most people use the left hemisphere of the brain as the primary integrating centre for language. Some studies have shown that stutterers process language primarily in the right hemisphere or a mixture of the two. The right hemisphere is less efficient for processing auditory information, so the result is problems in the timing of speech output such as stuttering.

Speech difficulties frequently lead to problems in other areas where language is used, such as reading and writing. The element which is the basis for all these skills is the ability to hear and process sound accurately.

Dr. Tomatis made an important discovery about the relatedness of the ear to the voice. He established that the larynx emits only those harmonics that the ear hears. A lack of tone in the voice indicates a lack of tone in the hearing. Sound Therapy fine tunes the hearing and restores the ability to hear missing frequencies.

 

Sound Therapy is flexible, portable, easy and fun

Listening can be done during sleep, play, homework or travel. If the child wishes to listen at school, parents can ask for the consent of the teacher. This will likely be granted, as listening in the classroom will often help the child to concentrate and perform better.

Sound Therapy is used on a personal cassette player with headphones.

The total listening time required for most children to receive the full benefit from the program is approximately 100 hours.  Most children have an instinctive response to the acoustic stimulation of Sound Therapy and will take to the listening keenly.

Close to two hundred practitioners in Australia now recommend the method. However, the portable program means that parents can use Sound Therapy at home without needing to see a practitioner.

In its portable form, Sound Therapy is affordable, portable, easy, harmless and requires no special testing or supervision.

 

For more information on Sound Therapy readers are referred to the book: Why Aren’t I Learning? : Listening is the Key to Overcoming Learning Difficulties,  by Rafaele Joudry

 

This can be obtained through your local bookstore or from Sound Therapy International Pty Ltd. Phone Sydney 02 9317 3799 1300 55 77 96 or

 

info@soundthrapyinternational.com

www.soundtherapyinternational.com

 

 

 

 

Dr Tomatis

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).

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Computer work
Mary Finnie, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada:

“My daughter works with a computer and has been exhausted at the end of every day. She started listening to the tapes, and the very next day was amazed at how good she felt. She asked if she could listen at work and they agreed to it. She tells me they think she’s crazy, but she feels so good that she doesn’t care.”

Extra energy, more waking hours Linda Taylor Anderson, Melbourne, Florida, author of Carousing in the Kitchen:

“My friend Patricia didn’t endeavour to convince me to give Sound Therapy a try. It was my own idea. I wanted what she had: extra energy, more waking hours and blessed tranquillity. That is why, as a healthy, functioning person, I incorporated sound therapy into my life.

After less than sixty hours of listening, suddenly, incredibly, new sounds were singing in my ears. I had assumed I’d always heard them, but it is amazing how much we hear, yet do not hear. I am now acutely conscious of sound, all sound, including my own voice which I can now control. Octavizing up or down is now easily accomplished. It is the sound therapy that has gifted me with this new awareness. Further amazement came. When properly energized, the body can function on very little sleep. I have always required eight hours of heavy duty sleep. Now I often wake up in the night, after only three to four hours sleep, snap my eyes open, stretch and feel ready to tackle whatever may be coming my way. I do not always rise to the occasion, preferring the comfort and warmth of the bed. But there is none of the old tossing and turning. I lie peacefully, pursuing my ranging thoughts, making promises and programs for the hours and days to come, as I am now able to concentrate my energy into a basic force that is not easily sidetracked. I see others fade; I am fresh and eager for the next encounter. If I feel the approach of tiredness, I simply lie down for a few minutes with the music and drift into rest, rising calmed, refreshed and ready to carry on.”

A year later Linda writes: “I’m still listening. Not three hours a day but at least 45 minutes. I usually listen at night; when I go to bed, on go the headphones. I go to sleep and the music plays on. When I miss a day I’m not happy about it. I feel something important is lacking. It’s as though my internal batteries that provide calm, energy and a feeling of well-being just hadn’t been charged. I’ll never stop listening. Never is a strong word, but that’s how I feel about sound therapy. I never want to be without it.”

Energy to bake a cake
Anne Sherman, Bayview New South Wales, Australia:

“Although I still have Tinnitus (for which I began the Sound Therapy) I feel sure it isn’t as loud, but the other benefits are great. I am in my 5th month and can now scrape up the energy to make a cake in the late afternoon before I put the dinner on- unheard of for the past many years. My husband of 52 years doesn’t feel he lands himself in nearly the amount of trouble he used to with the crazy male way he tries to help me. I certainly have new vitality and sense of well being which makes it easier for me to tolerate the odd person who used to irritate me!

All in all, I am a very satisfied customer and am in no way going to become lax about my 4 hours each day (I do 4 to make up for the intervals on the tape and the times it stops and I don’t immediately notice).”

Renewed energy for epilepsy sufferer
Hilary Peart, Perth, Western Australia:

“When I first read of Sound Therapy in their newsletter, ‘Listeners’ Voices’ and read of the benefits others had received from listening to their tapes it sounded too good to be true. I thought if I could get a fraction of that help it would be worth trying, so I sent for the tapes and both my husband and I started listening to them as soon as we received them. I have epilepsy and the medication I take was not completely controlling it. I had an almost constant ‘electric’ feeling in my head, and looked out at the world through what seemed like a net curtain, or fog. I was constantly on edge, slept badly, felt exhausted, had difficulty reading and communicating. The simplest tasks had become complicated for me. From the start I listened to the Sound Therapy tapes 10-12 hours a day and found it very soothing. Before I started listening to the tapes my day consisted of about 2 hours of activity in the morning and the rest of the day mainly resting and unable to communicate. By the end of the first three months of listening my day had improved to the extent that I could be active most of the time except for a couple of hours resting in the afternoon. The headaches, pressure in my head and confusion, gradually lessened. After about 6 weeks of listening, I visited my neurologist. He was pleased with my progress and said to carry on with what I was doing. The next visit 6 months later he couldn’t get over how my walking and posture had improved, and I later left the Sound Therapy book with him. On my next visit about 8 months later, he again could see my improvement and was very pleased, and had enjoyed reading the book, as he had an interest in how music can help with restoring memory etc. Today, after about 15 months of listening, what a change! I have my enjoyment and enthusiasm for life back. I have tried many alternative remedies over the years as I have had a number of health issues, I have a heart problem which has culminated in me having a pace-maker fitted, chronic fatigue syndrome, fybromyalgia and of course the epilepsy. I still carry on with acupuncture treatment, homeopathic drops, and magnetic therapy, plus nutritional supplements and have a good diet, all of which have helped me and continue to do so. I was doing this all before I started on the Sound Therapy, but what I found with the Sound Therapy was it seemed to enhance all the other things I was doing. In conclusion Sound Therapy has improved my:

  • Energy levels
  • Co-ordination
  • Memory
  • Concentration
  • Ability to do needlework (I had come to the stage that I was unable to do this any more)
  • Communication – both written and oral
  • Sleeping pattern
  • General quality of life

In short Sound Therapy has given me my quality of life back. Thank you Sound Therapy.”

Bus travel not so tiring
Margaret Owen, Balgowlah, New South Wales, Australia:

“Three days after beginning Sound Therapy I travelled by coach to Brisbane, normally an exhausting procedure, playing the tapes throughout the journey – slept soundly and arrived full of energy into heat wave conditions – spent the afternoon sight seeing at a rapid pace.

The second benefit was being able to cut my sleeping time down to seven hours per night for the first time in my life thus enabling me to get more done. The extra energy has been such a bonus that I don’t care about the acuity of my hearing though I’m sure it’s much improved.

I don’t go anywhere without my Walkman, tapes and battery charger. Even walking round the city is not the exhausting experience it used to be.”

Energy evident in swimming and tennis
Jim Millburn, Balgowlah Heights, New South Wales, Australia:

I was asked to provide written advice regarding my successful use of Sound Therapy in achieving Opening of the Ear. After four weeks of Sound Therapy in which I average daily listening of 3 to 5 hours, I experienced the classic symptoms of Opening of the Ear.

Prior to this, I had gone through the tiredness syndrome without realizing its significance but I recall that my body was just absolutely drained of all energy after having played tonnes one afternoon.

The opening took place shortly after this and was heralded by a strange feeling which overcame me both mentally and physically.

My mind suddenly swept aside all thoughts and became totally clear and focused in a manner that I had never experience previously.

This was accompanied by a surge of energy which built up and charged my whole body, providing sources of energy which became evident in my swimming and tennis.

Over the next few weeks, I found my sense of taste, which had been very poor, say 2 out of 10, improved to 5 out of 10 and I was enjoying my meals far more than before.

My poor concentration also showed considerable improvement to the extent that it was quite evident that something remarkable had taken place.

Now some 8 months down the track, the extent of the change has diminished but I retain the benefits of high energy, good sleeping, a general feeling of vibrant well-being and an ability not to worry unnecessarily.

Better tennis
Allen McNeil, New South Wales, Australia:

“I am amazed at the power of this method, After just six hours I noticed benefit in my energies, and played better tennis.”

Great rushes of energy
Marion Loe, Engadine New South Wales, Australia:

I suppose I am a high anxiety person. That is, I get easily stressed. Several months ago I knew I had to do something. I frantically collected tools to help me meditate and relax. Since using the Sound Therapy tapes my meditations have been a lot deeper and I feel a lot calmer. It’s like I have the mental space to sit back from all the busyness. I don’t have to rescue people. They can look after themselves.

Initially I become extremely tired. That surprised me. Then I remembered in the book by Patricia she also got very tired. That made me feel better so I knew this was a stage in the healing process. I just allowed it to happen. I took a few extra supplements and persevered. Then I started feeling better. In fact I was getting great rushes of energy. Very surprising response – fantastic. Now I feel like I have bigger ears, bigger eyes, my “antennae” are more sensitive. I’ve slowed down and can appreciate the world differently.

Thank you Sound Therapy!

Trebled energy, new notes
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!”

Never dragged out and tired
Darrell Johnson, Delisle, Saskatchewan, Canada:

“About four years ago I started getting ringing in the left ear, followed by light-headedness and dizziness. Sometimes I couldn’t stand without falling. This I was getting about once a month, then twice a month, soon twice a week and not long later three or four times a day. My doctor told me I had Meniere’s Syndrome, which is a problem of the inner ear past the stirrup. There wasn’t much that could be done; I would just have to put up with it. Being my age was 53, I knew I would be quite some time putting up with this problem. The doctor made some changes in my diet, which helped a little but not much. It was no cure, and I still got the spells. Then I heard about Sound Therapy. I bought the Sony Walkman and tapes on June 15/83. I played it three to five hours a day. It took about ten weeks before I noticed any difference. Now, four months later, I have no light-headedness and dizziness, and the ringing in my left ear has gone. Sometimes I get the feeling that I might get dizzy, and I put on the sound therapy music and the feeling goes away immediately. The hearing in my left ear has also improved. I can’t express how much Sony and the tapes have done for me. I still use my Sony and tapes three to four hours a day, as it is so relaxing, and I am never dragged out and tired any more. I can stay up very late at night and still get up rested early in the morning. Also, I don’t get uptight and stressed about the little setbacks of the day, but can just relax and take them in my stride. I even find it easier to talk to people – am not so shy! It’s like a new life.”

Spring cleaning whirlwind
Wanda S. Harrison, Allen Park, MI, U.S.A.

“I did experience the energy breakthrough. For about a week prior, I had found myself literally at loose ends, unable to make decisions, not really wanting to do ANYTHING. On Tuesday the 17th, I had to force myself to get up at 10:30 a.m. and dragged through the rest of the day and evening. The next morning I awoke feeling like a new person, so full of energy I couldn’t decide what to do first. This is a new experience for me! I simply can’t believe how much energy I have! When we were up at my mother’s old farmhouse in Midland last weekend, I not only cleaned inside the house, but got to work in the yard, pruning the bushes that hadn’t been done for 10 years and finally getting started on the huge task of cleaning up her old garden at the side of the house.

For the first time in many years I am able to lie and go to sleep without taking any pills! This alone makes me feel like a new person, not to be tied to the bottle of tranquilizers at bed time and particularly to wake up after 4-5 hours of sleep feeling totally refreshed and no morning “blahs.”

I also find that I no longer need to use laxatives the way I did for many years since I had abdominal surgery when I was seven. My memory is much clearer as are my thought processes as well as my writing ability.”

Customer service whizz
Bruce Hanwright, Rutherford, New South Wales, Australia:

“As far as benefits of listening to the tape goes I seem to hear words of the rock and roll songs of my youth more clearly (I’m 56) and I seem to handle work better serving rushes of customers.”

Felt so energized
Julia Angel Gulenc, Moorabbin, Victoria, Asutralia:

“About eight years ago, I read an article in a Women’s magazine about the damaging effects of loud noise on our hearing. Sound Therapy was mentioned.

Since I was suffering of frequent ringing in my ears, was very sensitive to noise, with frequent headaches etc., I rang the phone number given on the article.

When your rep. detailed to me the supposed benefits of Sound Therapy naturally I was skeptical, but decided to purchase the book Sound Therapy for the Walkman, to get a better understanding of this therapy.

I read the book in one sitting.

I was so impressed, that immediately after reading it, I purchased the tapes. I have said many times since, that the few hundred dollars I spent buying the tapes was the best investment I ever made for my health. From the very first moment I started listening , I knew they were going to do me good.

I had for a very long time, been very uncomfortable listening to regular tapes with headphones on, as I found it unpleasant no matter how low the sound, It bothered me. Not so with Sound Therapy tapes. As soon as I put the headphones on after only a few minutes, I knew I was onto something different.

I couldn’t get enough. I listened for 6 hours straight. That same night I slept with my headphones on. I was amazed and very pleased.

A few months later, the ringing in my ears, my regular dizzy spells, and my headaches, were largely gone. I felt so energized that I went from needing 8-9 hours sleep a night, to only 7. Many times since, I have woken up feeling fully rested after only 5 or 6 hours of sleep.

Now years later I don’t listen to the tapes every day and I don’t need to, but if I go without them for longer than a fortnight, my ears seem to protest and on come the headphones again.

I do hope that one day I’ll be able to go without the tapes, but as I enjoy the music – especially the hissing; would you believe? – that special sound will continue to be a part, a very important on, of my life.

They have certainly made a great difference to the enjoyment of my life. My ears and I are very grateful.”

Jill Genders,

“I continue to be very pleased with the tapes – and – is it magic, coincidence or is it the tapes? I seem to have so much energy. Whatever it is, I like it.”

Wendy Freeman,

“Hi there from Melbourne! I have just spent 6wks in the US and Canada and of course took my Sound Therapy tapes with me and listened heaps. I really believe they helped me to cope much better then I expected with all the travel, given my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I think I am going to get away without having a relapse, which is wonderful.”

Sarkis Doueihi, Syndey, Australia

“My name is Sarkis Doueihi, I am a personal trainer & full time Athlete (competing in Track and American Football). I studied psychology at California State college Fullerton, and NLP at Master practitioner level with Wyatt Woodsmall & Marvin Oka.

My greatest passion is performance enhancement, to see Human beings becoming and being the absolute best that they can be, whether that be sports, business, family, relationships, or even the spiritual path.

I first came across Sound Therapy while reading Cosmic memory by Sheila Ostrander and Lynn Schroeder. The chapter on using the ear to recharge & learn just knocked me out. Firstly, because of its claims, secondly, because of evidence and background, but most importantly, to the extent that it described certain experiences I had experienced. I must have read and re-read the chapter at least three times, then exploded to the back of the book, looking for the resources listings, only to find an address in far off Canada. I didn’t want to wait weeks and weeks to get the tapes. I wanted them now or at least by the next morning. I was sure there had to be an Australian connection.

Funnily enough the next day a catalogue arrived in the mail for the upcoming Mind Body & Spirit festival. As I flicked through, my jaw dropped, there right in front of me was a local phone number for a supplier of the Sound Therapy audio tapes, and they even had a stall at the show.

On the Thursday of the show I rushed straight to the Sound Therapy stall. The cosmic joke was here I met the daughter (Rafaele) of the originator of Sound Therapy for the Walkman (Patricia Joudry) and she lives in Sydney. On that day I picked up the book ”Sound Therapy for the Walkman”. That evening after the festival I read the book from cover to cover in one sitting. Now was I hyped. I wanted these tapes and all the benefits that come with them. I picked up the tapes on the Saturday- I remember it was on the 3rd of December.

In the first week I must have listened to in excess of 70 hours, I was so excited I literally lived with my walkman. It took me about 4 weeks to to hit 300 hours of listening and when it hit me the fatigue was phenomenal. Sitting in front of the TV after a pretty ordinary day, it was only 7.30pm and off I dozed. For the next two weeks it was pretty much the same. I would wake up exhausted, I would fall asleep at the smallest rest break or inactivity. It wasn’t like I couldn’t continue with my daily schedule of training or working, it just took a lot more effort and concentration on my part. I was tired all the time and when I slept, I slept like a rock. Then my ears started to ache, all the dizziness and deep bone soreness! Despite all the fatigue and aches, all the dizziness and confusion, I persisted. I knew there was a pot of gold at the end of this colourless rainbow and I persisted. As suddenly as all the symptoms came, they one by one disappeared, but as each disappeared there was a gift of some new ability.

The fatigue, for example, was not only alleviated, it was totally gone, with energy to burn. There was this new intensity to my workouts, my work had a new spark, and my life felt energised. When the ear aches dispersed there came a new sense of balance and proprioception. There was clarity in my brain, not just in my mind. I had so much energy and more than anything I became totally addicted to my sound therapy tapes. I seemed to feed on them.

About two or three months later I ordered the advanced tapes. I listened to them for about 100 hours before it all started to happen again, but from a higher order, the symptoms came on for only five days this time and the after effect escalated the original by at least four fold. I was so energised, so earful it was great! Like my hearing seemed to get deeper and wider.

And I noticed more than ever how I slept like a baby, totally stress free. Most of all I seemed to be able to feed off all the sound around not only the sound therapy. I was always energised.

What next you ask? Well I tried the Full Spectrum audios and was totally blown away. They have a depth, a dimensionality to them like nothing I have ever heard. To describe them in words almost seems impossible, because to hear them is to go beyond the horizontal mind, into a verticality beyond words.

Sound therapy is performance enhancing, it is life enhancing. If you are after truly getting an edge on yourself then it would pay you handsomely to try the sound therapy experience. Persist through till the end and you will swearing by them too.”

Jenny Cannons

“As a sufferer of Tinnitus and hearing problems, reading about Sound Therapy in the Probus Magazine struck a cord. A ray of hope, a chance to improve my life as I had become withdrawn due to the mentioned problems. As listening hours passed I noticed less tension, less tiredness and 3 months on the tinnitus has eased. There are times when the ‘noises’ are not present. It is quite startling to realize the head is free of interference and when it does return it is not with intensity of the past. My hearing has improved; I had been tested for hearing aids prior to Sound Therapy treatment and would require assistance for both ears. Last month I was tested again and only the right ear needed assistance. This I decided to go with as my life is moving forward again and I miss too much at committee meetings etc. Yes I have become involved in activities again. Thanks to Sound Therapy. Most weeks I averaged 6 hours a day and I am still putting in the average of 4 hours a day and am looking forward to further improvement. Travelling with my tapes is wonderful. An 8 hour train journey was an interesting experiment, I came off the train fresh and bright which is more than I could say for my fellow travellers. I will definitely take them where ever I go. Now when I wake early I don’t switch on the talkback to mask the tinnitus I “plug in” and rest till time to start the day.”

Dr. Cliff Bacchus, Eleuthera, Bahamas:

“I was introduced to the Sound Therapy cassette system in the winter of I983, and began listening to the music on the day that I purchased my Sony Walkman in Miami. I listened for about six hours a day during the first three days, while making my way about through the noise and confusion of that city, and also during the flight back to my island of Eleuthera. After these three days I was aware of an energy and mental clarity such as I had not experienced since before entering University, many years earlier. One notable happening during the first week was that, whereas I had never before had the patience or stamina at the end of a day of seeing patients to play Backgammon with my young daughter, as she constantly pleaded for me to do, I could now spend a whole evening with her at this game, wearing my headphones and listening to the therapy music. Thus, there was an immediate improvement in family harmony. After ten days of listening, there was a change in the character of my dreams. I had had great difficulty in remembering my dreams, while knowing that they usually verged on the nightmarish. Listening to the therapy music for a time before going to sleep, I began having vivid, happy dreams, with the clarity and purity of childhood dreams: sailing away on a Caribbean cruise; flying through the high air from Hawaii to Tahiti. I also remembered the dreams in detail. At the same time, my creative doors flew open. I began rising earlier in the mornings and listening to the music during several hours of creative writing, which preceded my office hours. I now sleep better, think better, write better, and am eager to get all my patients onto Sound Therapy particularly the pregnant women, and the children with learning problems.”

Testimonials For The Brain Stress And Energy

Sound Therapy International Sound Therapy International Sound Therapy International Sound Therapy International Home Click to expand the menu...What is Sound Therapy? Benefits How it works How you use it History History Dr Tomatis Our method The founders The company Comparisons Tomatis principles We are unique For the Ear HearingTinnitus Meniere’s / Vertigo Background noise Blocked ear / Sinus Sound sensitivity Nutrition For the Brain Memory and learning Creativity Stress and energy Sleep Nutrition For Children Listening and learning Learning difficulties Special needs For parents Nutrition Products Research and media Articles Media coverage Research papers Testimonials Hearing Tinnitus Meniere’s / Vertigo Background noise Blocked ear Sound sensitivity Memory and learning Creativity Stress and energy Sleep Children For Practitioners Training Your practice Distributing Customer service Common questions Contact us Subscribe to e-zine Useful Links Open All Close All ]]> Testimonials: Stress and Energy

Computer work
Mary Finnie, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada:

“My daughter works with a computer and has been exhausted at the end of every day. She started listening to the tapes, and the very next day was amazed at how good she felt. She asked if she could listen at work and they agreed to it. She tells me they think she’s crazy, but she feels so good that she doesn’t care.”

Extra energy, more waking hours Linda Taylor Anderson, Melbourne, Florida, author of Carousing in the Kitchen:

“My friend Patricia didn’t endeavour to convince me to give Sound Therapy a try. It was my own idea. I wanted what she had: extra energy, more waking hours and blessed tranquillity. That is why, as a healthy, functioning person, I incorporated sound therapy into my life.

After less than sixty hours of listening, suddenly, incredibly, new sounds were singing in my ears. I had assumed I’d always heard them, but it is amazing how much we hear, yet do not hear. I am now acutely conscious of sound, all sound, including my own voice which I can now control. Octavizing up or down is now easily accomplished. It is the sound therapy that has gifted me with this new awareness. Further amazement came. When properly energized, the body can function on very little sleep. I have always required eight hours of heavy duty sleep. Now I often wake up in the night, after only three to four hours sleep, snap my eyes open, stretch and feel ready to tackle whatever may be coming my way. I do not always rise to the occasion, preferring the comfort and warmth of the bed. But there is none of the old tossing and turning. I lie peacefully, pursuing my ranging thoughts, making promises and programs for the hours and days to come, as I am now able to concentrate my energy into a basic force that is not easily sidetracked. I see others fade; I am fresh and eager for the next encounter. If I feel the approach of tiredness, I simply lie down for a few minutes with the music and drift into rest, rising calmed, refreshed and ready to carry on.”

A year later Linda writes: “I’m still listening. Not three hours a day but at least 45 minutes. I usually listen at night; when I go to bed, on go the headphones. I go to sleep and the music plays on. When I miss a day I’m not happy about it. I feel something important is lacking. It’s as though my internal batteries that provide calm, energy and a feeling of well-being just hadn’t been charged. I’ll never stop listening. Never is a strong word, but that’s how I feel about sound therapy. I never want to be without it.”

Energy to bake a cake
Anne Sherman, Bayview New South Wales, Australia:

“Although I still have Tinnitus (for which I began the Sound Therapy) I feel sure it isn’t as loud, but the other benefits are great. I am in my 5th month and can now scrape up the energy to make a cake in the late afternoon before I put the dinner on- unheard of for the past many years. My husband of 52 years doesn’t feel he lands himself in nearly the amount of trouble he used to with the crazy male way he tries to help me. I certainly have new vitality and sense of well being which makes it easier for me to tolerate the odd person who used to irritate me!

All in all, I am a very satisfied customer and am in no way going to become lax about my 4 hours each day (I do 4 to make up for the intervals on the tape and the times it stops and I don’t immediately notice).”

Renewed energy for epilepsy sufferer
Hilary Peart, Perth, Western Australia:

“When I first read of Sound Therapy in their newsletter, ‘Listeners’ Voices’ and read of the benefits others had received from listening to their tapes it sounded too good to be true. I thought if I could get a fraction of that help it would be worth trying, so I sent for the tapes and both my husband and I started listening to them as soon as we received them. I have epilepsy and the medication I take was not completely controlling it. I had an almost constant ‘electric’ feeling in my head, and looked out at the world through what seemed like a net curtain, or fog. I was constantly on edge, slept badly, felt exhausted, had difficulty reading and communicating. The simplest tasks had become complicated for me. From the start I listened to the Sound Therapy tapes 10-12 hours a day and found it very soothing. Before I started listening to the tapes my day consisted of about 2 hours of activity in the morning and the rest of the day mainly resting and unable to communicate. By the end of the first three months of listening my day had improved to the extent that I could be active most of the time except for a couple of hours resting in the afternoon. The headaches, pressure in my head and confusion, gradually lessened. After about 6 weeks of listening, I visited my neurologist. He was pleased with my progress and said to carry on with what I was doing. The next visit 6 months later he couldn’t get over how my walking and posture had improved, and I later left the Sound Therapy book with him. On my next visit about 8 months later, he again could see my improvement and was very pleased, and had enjoyed reading the book, as he had an interest in how music can help with restoring memory etc. Today, after about 15 months of listening, what a change! I have my enjoyment and enthusiasm for life back. I have tried many alternative remedies over the years as I have had a number of health issues, I have a heart problem which has culminated in me having a pace-maker fitted, chronic fatigue syndrome, fybromyalgia and of course the epilepsy. I still carry on with acupuncture treatment, homeopathic drops, and magnetic therapy, plus nutritional supplements and have a good diet, all of which have helped me and continue to do so. I was doing this all before I started on the Sound Therapy, but what I found with the Sound Therapy was it seemed to enhance all the other things I was doing. In conclusion Sound Therapy has improved my:

  • Energy levels
  • Co-ordination
  • Memory
  • Concentration
  • Ability to do needlework (I had come to the stage that I was unable to do this any more)
  • Communication – both written and oral
  • Sleeping pattern
  • General quality of life

In short Sound Therapy has given me my quality of life back. Thank you Sound Therapy.”

Bus travel not so tiring
Margaret Owen, Balgowlah, New South Wales, Australia:

“Three days after beginning Sound Therapy I travelled by coach to Brisbane, normally an exhausting procedure, playing the tapes throughout the journey – slept soundly and arrived full of energy into heat wave conditions – spent the afternoon sight seeing at a rapid pace.

The second benefit was being able to cut my sleeping time down to seven hours per night for the first time in my life thus enabling me to get more done. The extra energy has been such a bonus that I don’t care about the acuity of my hearing though I’m sure it’s much improved.

I don’t go anywhere without my Walkman, tapes and battery charger. Even walking round the city is not the exhausting experience it used to be.”

Energy evident in swimming and tennis
Jim Millburn, Balgowlah Heights, New South Wales, Australia:

I was asked to provide written advice regarding my successful use of Sound Therapy in achieving Opening of the Ear. After four weeks of Sound Therapy in which I average daily listening of 3 to 5 hours, I experienced the classic symptoms of Opening of the Ear.

Prior to this, I had gone through the tiredness syndrome without realizing its significance but I recall that my body was just absolutely drained of all energy after having played tonnes one afternoon.

The opening took place shortly after this and was heralded by a strange feeling which overcame me both mentally and physically.

My mind suddenly swept aside all thoughts and became totally clear and focused in a manner that I had never experience previously.

This was accompanied by a surge of energy which built up and charged my whole body, providing sources of energy which became evident in my swimming and tennis.

Over the next few weeks, I found my sense of taste, which had been very poor, say 2 out of 10, improved to 5 out of 10 and I was enjoying my meals far more than before.

My poor concentration also showed considerable improvement to the extent that it was quite evident that something remarkable had taken place.

Now some 8 months down the track, the extent of the change has diminished but I retain the benefits of high energy, good sleeping, a general feeling of vibrant well-being and an ability not to worry unnecessarily.

Better tennis
Allen McNeil, New South Wales, Australia:

“I am amazed at the power of this method, After just six hours I noticed benefit in my energies, and played better tennis.”

Great rushes of energy
Marion Loe, Engadine New South Wales, Australia:

I suppose I am a high anxiety person. That is, I get easily stressed. Several months ago I knew I had to do something. I frantically collected tools to help me meditate and relax. Since using the Sound Therapy tapes my meditations have been a lot deeper and I feel a lot calmer. It’s like I have the mental space to sit back from all the busyness. I don’t have to rescue people. They can look after themselves.

Initially I become extremely tired. That surprised me. Then I remembered in the book by Patricia she also got very tired. That made me feel better so I knew this was a stage in the healing process. I just allowed it to happen. I took a few extra supplements and persevered. Then I started feeling better. In fact I was getting great rushes of energy. Very surprising response – fantastic. Now I feel like I have bigger ears, bigger eyes, my “antennae” are more sensitive. I’ve slowed down and can appreciate the world differently.

Thank you Sound Therapy!

Trebled energy, new notes
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!”

Never dragged out and tired
Darrell Johnson, Delisle, Saskatchewan, Canada:

“About four years ago I started getting ringing in the left ear, followed by light-headedness and dizziness. Sometimes I couldn’t stand without falling. This I was getting about once a month, then twice a month, soon twice a week and not long later three or four times a day. My doctor told me I had Meniere’s Syndrome, which is a problem of the inner ear past the stirrup. There wasn’t much that could be done; I would just have to put up with it. Being my age was 53, I knew I would be quite some time putting up with this problem. The doctor made some changes in my diet, which helped a little but not much. It was no cure, and I still got the spells. Then I heard about Sound Therapy. I bought the Sony Walkman and tapes on June 15/83. I played it three to five hours a day. It took about ten weeks before I noticed any difference. Now, four months later, I have no light-headedness and dizziness, and the ringing in my left ear has gone. Sometimes I get the feeling that I might get dizzy, and I put on the sound therapy music and the feeling goes away immediately. The hearing in my left ear has also improved. I can’t express how much Sony and the tapes have done for me. I still use my Sony and tapes three to four hours a day, as it is so relaxing, and I am never dragged out and tired any more. I can stay up very late at night and still get up rested early in the morning. Also, I don’t get uptight and stressed about the little setbacks of the day, but can just relax and take them in my stride. I even find it easier to talk to people – am not so shy! It’s like a new life.”

Spring cleaning whirlwind
Wanda S. Harrison, Allen Park, MI, U.S.A.

“I did experience the energy breakthrough. For about a week prior, I had found myself literally at loose ends, unable to make decisions, not really wanting to do ANYTHING. On Tuesday the 17th, I had to force myself to get up at 10:30 a.m. and dragged through the rest of the day and evening. The next morning I awoke feeling like a new person, so full of energy I couldn’t decide what to do first. This is a new experience for me! I simply can’t believe how much energy I have! When we were up at my mother’s old farmhouse in Midland last weekend, I not only cleaned inside the house, but got to work in the yard, pruning the bushes that hadn’t been done for 10 years and finally getting started on the huge task of cleaning up her old garden at the side of the house.

For the first time in many years I am able to lie and go to sleep without taking any pills! This alone makes me feel like a new person, not to be tied to the bottle of tranquilizers at bed time and particularly to wake up after 4-5 hours of sleep feeling totally refreshed and no morning “blahs.”

I also find that I no longer need to use laxatives the way I did for many years since I had abdominal surgery when I was seven. My memory is much clearer as are my thought processes as well as my writing ability.”

Customer service whizz
Bruce Hanwright, Rutherford, New South Wales, Australia:

“As far as benefits of listening to the tape goes I seem to hear words of the rock and roll songs of my youth more clearly (I’m 56) and I seem to handle work better serving rushes of customers.”

Felt so energized
Julia Angel Gulenc, Moorabbin, Victoria, Asutralia:

“About eight years ago, I read an article in a Women’s magazine about the damaging effects of loud noise on our hearing. Sound Therapy was mentioned.

Since I was suffering of frequent ringing in my ears, was very sensitive to noise, with frequent headaches etc., I rang the phone number given on the article.

When your rep. detailed to me the supposed benefits of Sound Therapy naturally I was skeptical, but decided to purchase the book Sound Therapy for the Walkman, to get a better understanding of this therapy.

I read the book in one sitting.

I was so impressed, that immediately after reading it, I purchased the tapes. I have said many times since, that the few hundred dollars I spent buying the tapes was the best investment I ever made for my health. From the very first moment I started listening , I knew they were going to do me good.

I had for a very long time, been very uncomfortable listening to regular tapes with headphones on, as I found it unpleasant no matter how low the sound, It bothered me. Not so with Sound Therapy tapes. As soon as I put the headphones on after only a few minutes, I knew I was onto something different.

I couldn’t get enough. I listened for 6 hours straight. That same night I slept with my headphones on. I was amazed and very pleased.

A few months later, the ringing in my ears, my regular dizzy spells, and my headaches, were largely gone. I felt so energized that I went from needing 8-9 hours sleep a night, to only 7. Many times since, I have woken up feeling fully rested after only 5 or 6 hours of sleep.

Now years later I don’t listen to the tapes every day and I don’t need to, but if I go without them for longer than a fortnight, my ears seem to protest and on come the headphones again.

I do hope that one day I’ll be able to go without the tapes, but as I enjoy the music – especially the hissing; would you believe? – that special sound will continue to be a part, a very important on, of my life.

They have certainly made a great difference to the enjoyment of my life. My ears and I are very grateful.”

Jill Genders,

“I continue to be very pleased with the tapes – and – is it magic, coincidence or is it the tapes? I seem to have so much energy. Whatever it is, I like it.”

Wendy Freeman,

“Hi there from Melbourne! I have just spent 6wks in the US and Canada and of course took my Sound Therapy tapes with me and listened heaps. I really believe they helped me to cope much better then I expected with all the travel, given my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I think I am going to get away without having a relapse, which is wonderful.”

Sarkis Doueihi, Syndey, Australia

“My name is Sarkis Doueihi, I am a personal trainer & full time Athlete (competing in Track and American Football). I studied psychology at California State college Fullerton, and NLP at Master practitioner level with Wyatt Woodsmall & Marvin Oka.

My greatest passion is performance enhancement, to see Human beings becoming and being the absolute best that they can be, whether that be sports, business, family, relationships, or even the spiritual path.

I first came across Sound Therapy while reading Cosmic memory by Sheila Ostrander and Lynn Schroeder. The chapter on using the ear to recharge & learn just knocked me out. Firstly, because of its claims, secondly, because of evidence and background, but most importantly, to the extent that it described certain experiences I had experienced. I must have read and re-read the chapter at least three times, then exploded to the back of the book, looking for the resources listings, only to find an address in far off Canada. I didn’t want to wait weeks and weeks to get the tapes. I wanted them now or at least by the next morning. I was sure there had to be an Australian connection.

Funnily enough the next day a catalogue arrived in the mail for the upcoming Mind Body & Spirit festival. As I flicked through, my jaw dropped, there right in front of me was a local phone number for a supplier of the Sound Therapy audio tapes, and they even had a stall at the show.

On the Thursday of the show I rushed straight to the Sound Therapy stall. The cosmic joke was here I met the daughter (Rafaele) of the originator of Sound Therapy for the Walkman (Patricia Joudry) and she lives in Sydney. On that day I picked up the book ”Sound Therapy for the Walkman”. That evening after the festival I read the book from cover to cover in one sitting. Now was I hyped. I wanted these tapes and all the benefits that come with them. I picked up the tapes on the Saturday- I remember it was on the 3rd of December.

In the first week I must have listened to in excess of 70 hours, I was so excited I literally lived with my walkman. It took me about 4 weeks to to hit 300 hours of listening and when it hit me the fatigue was phenomenal. Sitting in front of the TV after a pretty ordinary day, it was only 7.30pm and off I dozed. For the next two weeks it was pretty much the same. I would wake up exhausted, I would fall asleep at the smallest rest break or inactivity. It wasn’t like I couldn’t continue with my daily schedule of training or working, it just took a lot more effort and concentration on my part. I was tired all the time and when I slept, I slept like a rock. Then my ears started to ache, all the dizziness and deep bone soreness! Despite all the fatigue and aches, all the dizziness and confusion, I persisted. I knew there was a pot of gold at the end of this colourless rainbow and I persisted. As suddenly as all the symptoms came, they one by one disappeared, but as each disappeared there was a gift of some new ability.

The fatigue, for example, was not only alleviated, it was totally gone, with energy to burn. There was this new intensity to my workouts, my work had a new spark, and my life felt energised. When the ear aches dispersed there came a new sense of balance and proprioception. There was clarity in my brain, not just in my mind. I had so much energy and more than anything I became totally addicted to my sound therapy tapes. I seemed to feed on them.

About two or three months later I ordered the advanced tapes. I listened to them for about 100 hours before it all started to happen again, but from a higher order, the symptoms came on for only five days this time and the after effect escalated the original by at least four fold. I was so energised, so earful it was great! Like my hearing seemed to get deeper and wider.

And I noticed more than ever how I slept like a baby, totally stress free. Most of all I seemed to be able to feed off all the sound around not only the sound therapy. I was always energised.

What next you ask? Well I tried the Full Spectrum audios and was totally blown away. They have a depth, a dimensionality to them like nothing I have ever heard. To describe them in words almost seems impossible, because to hear them is to go beyond the horizontal mind, into a verticality beyond words.

Sound therapy is performance enhancing, it is life enhancing. If you are after truly getting an edge on yourself then it would pay you handsomely to try the sound therapy experience. Persist through till the end and you will swearing by them too.”

Jenny Cannons

“As a sufferer of Tinnitus and hearing problems, reading about Sound Therapy in the Probus Magazine struck a cord. A ray of hope, a chance to improve my life as I had become withdrawn due to the mentioned problems. As listening hours passed I noticed less tension, less tiredness and 3 months on the tinnitus has eased. There are times when the ‘noises’ are not present. It is quite startling to realize the head is free of interference and when it does return it is not with intensity of the past. My hearing has improved; I had been tested for hearing aids prior to Sound Therapy treatment and would require assistance for both ears. Last month I was tested again and only the right ear needed assistance. This I decided to go with as my life is moving forward again and I miss too much at committee meetings etc. Yes I have become involved in activities again. Thanks to Sound Therapy. Most weeks I averaged 6 hours a day and I am still putting in the average of 4 hours a day and am looking forward to further improvement. Travelling with my tapes is wonderful. An 8 hour train journey was an interesting experiment, I came off the train fresh and bright which is more than I could say for my fellow travellers. I will definitely take them where ever I go. Now when I wake early I don’t switch on the talkback to mask the tinnitus I “plug in” and rest till time to start the day.”

Dr. Cliff Bacchus, Eleuthera, Bahamas:

“I was introduced to the Sound Therapy cassette system in the winter of I983, and began listening to the music on the day that I purchased my Sony Walkman in Miami. I listened for about six hours a day during the first three days, while making my way about through the noise and confusion of that city, and also during the flight back to my island of Eleuthera. After these three days I was aware of an energy and mental clarity such as I had not experienced since before entering University, many years earlier. One notable happening during the first week was that, whereas I had never before had the patience or stamina at the end of a day of seeing patients to play Backgammon with my young daughter, as she constantly pleaded for me to do, I could now spend a whole evening with her at this game, wearing my headphones and listening to the therapy music. Thus, there was an immediate improvement in family harmony. After ten days of listening, there was a change in the character of my dreams. I had had great difficulty in remembering my dreams, while knowing that they usually verged on the nightmarish. Listening to the therapy music for a time before going to sleep, I began having vivid, happy dreams, with the clarity and purity of childhood dreams: sailing away on a Caribbean cruise; flying through the high air from Hawaii to Tahiti. I also remembered the dreams in detail. At the same time, my creative doors flew open. I began rising earlier in the mornings and listening to the music during several hours of creative writing, which preceded my office hours. I now sleep better, think better, write better, and am eager to get all my patients onto Sound Therapy particularly the pregnant women, and the children with learning problems.”

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Computer work
Mary Finnie, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada:

“My daughter works with a computer and has been exhausted at the end of every day. She started listening to the tapes, and the very next day was amazed at how good she felt. She asked if she could listen at work and they agreed to it. She tells me they think she’s crazy, but she feels so good that she doesn’t care.”

Extra energy, more waking hours Linda Taylor Anderson, Melbourne, Florida, author of Carousing in the Kitchen:

“My friend Patricia didn’t endeavour to convince me to give Sound Therapy a try. It was my own idea. I wanted what she had: extra energy, more waking hours and blessed tranquillity. That is why, as a healthy, functioning person, I incorporated sound therapy into my life.

After less than sixty hours of listening, suddenly, incredibly, new sounds were singing in my ears. I had assumed I’d always heard them, but it is amazing how much we hear, yet do not hear. I am now acutely conscious of sound, all sound, including my own voice which I can now control. Octavizing up or down is now easily accomplished. It is the sound therapy that has gifted me with this new awareness. Further amazement came. When properly energized, the body can function on very little sleep. I have always required eight hours of heavy duty sleep. Now I often wake up in the night, after only three to four hours sleep, snap my eyes open, stretch and feel ready to tackle whatever may be coming my way. I do not always rise to the occasion, preferring the comfort and warmth of the bed. But there is none of the old tossing and turning. I lie peacefully, pursuing my ranging thoughts, making promises and programs for the hours and days to come, as I am now able to concentrate my energy into a basic force that is not easily sidetracked. I see others fade; I am fresh and eager for the next encounter. If I feel the approach of tiredness, I simply lie down for a few minutes with the music and drift into rest, rising calmed, refreshed and ready to carry on.”

A year later Linda writes: “I’m still listening. Not three hours a day but at least 45 minutes. I usually listen at night; when I go to bed, on go the headphones. I go to sleep and the music plays on. When I miss a day I’m not happy about it. I feel something important is lacking. It’s as though my internal batteries that provide calm, energy and a feeling of well-being just hadn’t been charged. I’ll never stop listening. Never is a strong word, but that’s how I feel about sound therapy. I never want to be without it.”

Energy to bake a cake
Anne Sherman, Bayview New South Wales, Australia:

“Although I still have Tinnitus (for which I began the Sound Therapy) I feel sure it isn’t as loud, but the other benefits are great. I am in my 5th month and can now scrape up the energy to make a cake in the late afternoon before I put the dinner on- unheard of for the past many years. My husband of 52 years doesn’t feel he lands himself in nearly the amount of trouble he used to with the crazy male way he tries to help me. I certainly have new vitality and sense of well being which makes it easier for me to tolerate the odd person who used to irritate me!

All in all, I am a very satisfied customer and am in no way going to become lax about my 4 hours each day (I do 4 to make up for the intervals on the tape and the times it stops and I don’t immediately notice).”

Renewed energy for epilepsy sufferer
Hilary Peart, Perth, Western Australia:

“When I first read of Sound Therapy in their newsletter, ‘Listeners’ Voices’ and read of the benefits others had received from listening to their tapes it sounded too good to be true. I thought if I could get a fraction of that help it would be worth trying, so I sent for the tapes and both my husband and I started listening to them as soon as we received them. I have epilepsy and the medication I take was not completely controlling it. I had an almost constant ‘electric’ feeling in my head, and looked out at the world through what seemed like a net curtain, or fog. I was constantly on edge, slept badly, felt exhausted, had difficulty reading and communicating. The simplest tasks had become complicated for me. From the start I listened to the Sound Therapy tapes 10-12 hours a day and found it very soothing. Before I started listening to the tapes my day consisted of about 2 hours of activity in the morning and the rest of the day mainly resting and unable to communicate. By the end of the first three months of listening my day had improved to the extent that I could be active most of the time except for a couple of hours resting in the afternoon. The headaches, pressure in my head and confusion, gradually lessened. After about 6 weeks of listening, I visited my neurologist. He was pleased with my progress and said to carry on with what I was doing. The next visit 6 months later he couldn’t get over how my walking and posture had improved, and I later left the Sound Therapy book with him. On my next visit about 8 months later, he again could see my improvement and was very pleased, and had enjoyed reading the book, as he had an interest in how music can help with restoring memory etc. Today, after about 15 months of listening, what a change! I have my enjoyment and enthusiasm for life back. I have tried many alternative remedies over the years as I have had a number of health issues, I have a heart problem which has culminated in me having a pace-maker fitted, chronic fatigue syndrome, fybromyalgia and of course the epilepsy. I still carry on with acupuncture treatment, homeopathic drops, and magnetic therapy, plus nutritional supplements and have a good diet, all of which have helped me and continue to do so. I was doing this all before I started on the Sound Therapy, but what I found with the Sound Therapy was it seemed to enhance all the other things I was doing. In conclusion Sound Therapy has improved my:

  • Energy levels
  • Co-ordination
  • Memory
  • Concentration
  • Ability to do needlework (I had come to the stage that I was unable to do this any more)
  • Communication – both written and oral
  • Sleeping pattern
  • General quality of life

In short Sound Therapy has given me my quality of life back. Thank you Sound Therapy.”

Bus travel not so tiring
Margaret Owen, Balgowlah, New South Wales, Australia:

“Three days after beginning Sound Therapy I travelled by coach to Brisbane, normally an exhausting procedure, playing the tapes throughout the journey – slept soundly and arrived full of energy into heat wave conditions – spent the afternoon sight seeing at a rapid pace.

The second benefit was being able to cut my sleeping time down to seven hours per night for the first time in my life thus enabling me to get more done. The extra energy has been such a bonus that I don’t care about the acuity of my hearing though I’m sure it’s much improved.

I don’t go anywhere without my Walkman, tapes and battery charger. Even walking round the city is not the exhausting experience it used to be.”

Energy evident in swimming and tennis
Jim Millburn, Balgowlah Heights, New South Wales, Australia:

I was asked to provide written advice regarding my successful use of Sound Therapy in achieving Opening of the Ear. After four weeks of Sound Therapy in which I average daily listening of 3 to 5 hours, I experienced the classic symptoms of Opening of the Ear.

Prior to this, I had gone through the tiredness syndrome without realizing its significance but I recall that my body was just absolutely drained of all energy after having played tonnes one afternoon.

The opening took place shortly after this and was heralded by a strange feeling which overcame me both mentally and physically.

My mind suddenly swept aside all thoughts and became totally clear and focused in a manner that I had never experience previously.

This was accompanied by a surge of energy which built up and charged my whole body, providing sources of energy which became evident in my swimming and tennis.

Over the next few weeks, I found my sense of taste, which had been very poor, say 2 out of 10, improved to 5 out of 10 and I was enjoying my meals far more than before.

My poor concentration also showed considerable improvement to the extent that it was quite evident that something remarkable had taken place.

Now some 8 months down the track, the extent of the change has diminished but I retain the benefits of high energy, good sleeping, a general feeling of vibrant well-being and an ability not to worry unnecessarily.

Better tennis
Allen McNeil, New South Wales, Australia:

“I am amazed at the power of this method, After just six hours I noticed benefit in my energies, and played better tennis.”

Great rushes of energy
Marion Loe, Engadine New South Wales, Australia:

I suppose I am a high anxiety person. That is, I get easily stressed. Several months ago I knew I had to do something. I frantically collected tools to help me meditate and relax. Since using the Sound Therapy tapes my meditations have been a lot deeper and I feel a lot calmer. It’s like I have the mental space to sit back from all the busyness. I don’t have to rescue people. They can look after themselves.

Initially I become extremely tired. That surprised me. Then I remembered in the book by Patricia she also got very tired. That made me feel better so I knew this was a stage in the healing process. I just allowed it to happen. I took a few extra supplements and persevered. Then I started feeling better. In fact I was getting great rushes of energy. Very surprising response – fantastic. Now I feel like I have bigger ears, bigger eyes, my “antennae” are more sensitive. I’ve slowed down and can appreciate the world differently.

Thank you Sound Therapy!

Trebled energy, new notes
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!”

Never dragged out and tired
Darrell Johnson, Delisle, Saskatchewan, Canada:

“About four years ago I started getting ringing in the left ear, followed by light-headedness and dizziness. Sometimes I couldn’t stand without falling. This I was getting about once a month, then twice a month, soon twice a week and not long later three or four times a day. My doctor told me I had Meniere’s Syndrome, which is a problem of the inner ear past the stirrup. There wasn’t much that could be done; I would just have to put up with it. Being my age was 53, I knew I would be quite some time putting up with this problem. The doctor made some changes in my diet, which helped a little but not much. It was no cure, and I still got the spells. Then I heard about Sound Therapy. I bought the Sony Walkman and tapes on June 15/83. I played it three to five hours a day. It took about ten weeks before I noticed any difference. Now, four months later, I have no light-headedness and dizziness, and the ringing in my left ear has gone. Sometimes I get the feeling that I might get dizzy, and I put on the sound therapy music and the feeling goes away immediately. The hearing in my left ear has also improved. I can’t express how much Sony and the tapes have done for me. I still use my Sony and tapes three to four hours a day, as it is so relaxing, and I am never dragged out and tired any more. I can stay up very late at night and still get up rested early in the morning. Also, I don’t get uptight and stressed about the little setbacks of the day, but can just relax and take them in my stride. I even find it easier to talk to people – am not so shy! It’s like a new life.”

Spring cleaning whirlwind
Wanda S. Harrison, Allen Park, MI, U.S.A.

“I did experience the energy breakthrough. For about a week prior, I had found myself literally at loose ends, unable to make decisions, not really wanting to do ANYTHING. On Tuesday the 17th, I had to force myself to get up at 10:30 a.m. and dragged through the rest of the day and evening. The next morning I awoke feeling like a new person, so full of energy I couldn’t decide what to do first. This is a new experience for me! I simply can’t believe how much energy I have! When we were up at my mother’s old farmhouse in Midland last weekend, I not only cleaned inside the house, but got to work in the yard, pruning the bushes that hadn’t been done for 10 years and finally getting started on the huge task of cleaning up her old garden at the side of the house.

For the first time in many years I am able to lie and go to sleep without taking any pills! This alone makes me feel like a new person, not to be tied to the bottle of tranquilizers at bed time and particularly to wake up after 4-5 hours of sleep feeling totally refreshed and no morning “blahs.”

I also find that I no longer need to use laxatives the way I did for many years since I had abdominal surgery when I was seven. My memory is much clearer as are my thought processes as well as my writing ability.”

Customer service whizz
Bruce Hanwright, Rutherford, New South Wales, Australia:

“As far as benefits of listening to the tape goes I seem to hear words of the rock and roll songs of my youth more clearly (I’m 56) and I seem to handle work better serving rushes of customers.”

Felt so energized
Julia Angel Gulenc, Moorabbin, Victoria, Asutralia:

“About eight years ago, I read an article in a Women’s magazine about the damaging effects of loud noise on our hearing. Sound Therapy was mentioned.

Since I was suffering of frequent ringing in my ears, was very sensitive to noise, with frequent headaches etc., I rang the phone number given on the article.

When your rep. detailed to me the supposed benefits of Sound Therapy naturally I was skeptical, but decided to purchase the book Sound Therapy for the Walkman, to get a better understanding of this therapy.

I read the book in one sitting.

I was so impressed, that immediately after reading it, I purchased the tapes. I have said many times since, that the few hundred dollars I spent buying the tapes was the best investment I ever made for my health. From the very first moment I started listening , I knew they were going to do me good.

I had for a very long time, been very uncomfortable listening to regular tapes with headphones on, as I found it unpleasant no matter how low the sound, It bothered me. Not so with Sound Therapy tapes. As soon as I put the headphones on after only a few minutes, I knew I was onto something different.

I couldn’t get enough. I listened for 6 hours straight. That same night I slept with my headphones on. I was amazed and very pleased.

A few months later, the ringing in my ears, my regular dizzy spells, and my headaches, were largely gone. I felt so energized that I went from needing 8-9 hours sleep a night, to only 7. Many times since, I have woken up feeling fully rested after only 5 or 6 hours of sleep.

Now years later I don’t listen to the tapes every day and I don’t need to, but if I go without them for longer than a fortnight, my ears seem to protest and on come the headphones again.

I do hope that one day I’ll be able to go without the tapes, but as I enjoy the music – especially the hissing; would you believe? – that special sound will continue to be a part, a very important on, of my life.

They have certainly made a great difference to the enjoyment of my life. My ears and I are very grateful.”

Jill Genders,

“I continue to be very pleased with the tapes – and – is it magic, coincidence or is it the tapes? I seem to have so much energy. Whatever it is, I like it.”

Wendy Freeman,

“Hi there from Melbourne! I have just spent 6wks in the US and Canada and of course took my Sound Therapy tapes with me and listened heaps. I really believe they helped me to cope much better then I expected with all the travel, given my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I think I am going to get away without having a relapse, which is wonderful.”

Sarkis Doueihi, Syndey, Australia

“My name is Sarkis Doueihi, I am a personal trainer & full time Athlete (competing in Track and American Football). I studied psychology at California State college Fullerton, and NLP at Master practitioner level with Wyatt Woodsmall & Marvin Oka.

My greatest passion is performance enhancement, to see Human beings becoming and being the absolute best that they can be, whether that be sports, business, family, relationships, or even the spiritual path.

I first came across Sound Therapy while reading Cosmic memory by Sheila Ostrander and Lynn Schroeder. The chapter on using the ear to recharge & learn just knocked me out. Firstly, because of its claims, secondly, because of evidence and background, but most importantly, to the extent that it described certain experiences I had experienced. I must have read and re-read the chapter at least three times, then exploded to the back of the book, looking for the resources listings, only to find an address in far off Canada. I didn’t want to wait weeks and weeks to get the tapes. I wanted them now or at least by the next morning. I was sure there had to be an Australian connection.

Funnily enough the next day a catalogue arrived in the mail for the upcoming Mind Body & Spirit festival. As I flicked through, my jaw dropped, there right in front of me was a local phone number for a supplier of the Sound Therapy audio tapes, and they even had a stall at the show.

On the Thursday of the show I rushed straight to the Sound Therapy stall. The cosmic joke was here I met the daughter (Rafaele) of the originator of Sound Therapy for the Walkman (Patricia Joudry) and she lives in Sydney. On that day I picked up the book ”Sound Therapy for the Walkman”. That evening after the festival I read the book from cover to cover in one sitting. Now was I hyped. I wanted these tapes and all the benefits that come with them. I picked up the tapes on the Saturday- I remember it was on the 3rd of December.

In the first week I must have listened to in excess of 70 hours, I was so excited I literally lived with my walkman. It took me about 4 weeks to to hit 300 hours of listening and when it hit me the fatigue was phenomenal. Sitting in front of the TV after a pretty ordinary day, it was only 7.30pm and off I dozed. For the next two weeks it was pretty much the same. I would wake up exhausted, I would fall asleep at the smallest rest break or inactivity. It wasn’t like I couldn’t continue with my daily schedule of training or working, it just took a lot more effort and concentration on my part. I was tired all the time and when I slept, I slept like a rock. Then my ears started to ache, all the dizziness and deep bone soreness! Despite all the fatigue and aches, all the dizziness and confusion, I persisted. I knew there was a pot of gold at the end of this colourless rainbow and I persisted. As suddenly as all the symptoms came, they one by one disappeared, but as each disappeared there was a gift of some new ability.

The fatigue, for example, was not only alleviated, it was totally gone, with energy to burn. There was this new intensity to my workouts, my work had a new spark, and my life felt energised. When the ear aches dispersed there came a new sense of balance and proprioception. There was clarity in my brain, not just in my mind. I had so much energy and more than anything I became totally addicted to my sound therapy tapes. I seemed to feed on them.

About two or three months later I ordered the advanced tapes. I listened to them for about 100 hours before it all started to happen again, but from a higher order, the symptoms came on for only five days this time and the after effect escalated the original by at least four fold. I was so energised, so earful it was great! Like my hearing seemed to get deeper and wider.

And I noticed more than ever how I slept like a baby, totally stress free. Most of all I seemed to be able to feed off all the sound around not only the sound therapy. I was always energised.

What next you ask? Well I tried the Full Spectrum audios and was totally blown away. They have a depth, a dimensionality to them like nothing I have ever heard. To describe them in words almost seems impossible, because to hear them is to go beyond the horizontal mind, into a verticality beyond words.

Sound therapy is performance enhancing, it is life enhancing. If you are after truly getting an edge on yourself then it would pay you handsomely to try the sound therapy experience. Persist through till the end and you will swearing by them too.”

Jenny Cannons

“As a sufferer of Tinnitus and hearing problems, reading about Sound Therapy in the Probus Magazine struck a cord. A ray of hope, a chance to improve my life as I had become withdrawn due to the mentioned problems. As listening hours passed I noticed less tension, less tiredness and 3 months on the tinnitus has eased. There are times when the ‘noises’ are not present. It is quite startling to realize the head is free of interference and when it does return it is not with intensity of the past. My hearing has improved; I had been tested for hearing aids prior to Sound Therapy treatment and would require assistance for both ears. Last month I was tested again and only the right ear needed assistance. This I decided to go with as my life is moving forward again and I miss too much at committee meetings etc. Yes I have become involved in activities again. Thanks to Sound Therapy. Most weeks I averaged 6 hours a day and I am still putting in the average of 4 hours a day and am looking forward to further improvement. Travelling with my tapes is wonderful. An 8 hour train journey was an interesting experiment, I came off the train fresh and bright which is more than I could say for my fellow travellers. I will definitely take them where ever I go. Now when I wake early I don’t switch on the talkback to mask the tinnitus I “plug in” and rest till time to start the day.”

Dr. Cliff Bacchus, Eleuthera, Bahamas:

“I was introduced to the Sound Therapy cassette system in the winter of I983, and began listening to the music on the day that I purchased my Sony Walkman in Miami. I listened for about six hours a day during the first three days, while making my way about through the noise and confusion of that city, and also during the flight back to my island of Eleuthera. After these three days I was aware of an energy and mental clarity such as I had not experienced since before entering University, many years earlier. One notable happening during the first week was that, whereas I had never before had the patience or stamina at the end of a day of seeing patients to play Backgammon with my young daughter, as she constantly pleaded for me to do, I could now spend a whole evening with her at this game, wearing my headphones and listening to the therapy music. Thus, there was an immediate improvement in family harmony. After ten days of listening, there was a change in the character of my dreams. I had had great difficulty in remembering my dreams, while knowing that they usually verged on the nightmarish. Listening to the therapy music for a time before going to sleep, I began having vivid, happy dreams, with the clarity and purity of childhood dreams: sailing away on a Caribbean cruise; flying through the high air from Hawaii to Tahiti. I also remembered the dreams in detail. At the same time, my creative doors flew open. I began rising earlier in the mornings and listening to the music during several hours of creative writing, which preceded my office hours. I now sleep better, think better, write better, and am eager to get all my patients onto Sound Therapy particularly the pregnant women, and the children with learning problems.”

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Computer work
Mary Finnie, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada:

“My daughter works with a computer and has been exhausted at the end of every day. She started listening to the tapes, and the very next day was amazed at how good she felt. She asked if she could listen at work and they agreed to it. She tells me they think she’s crazy, but she feels so good that she doesn’t care.”

Extra energy, more waking hours Linda Taylor Anderson, Melbourne, Florida, author of Carousing in the Kitchen:

“My friend Patricia didn’t endeavour to convince me to give Sound Therapy a try. It was my own idea. I wanted what she had: extra energy, more waking hours and blessed tranquillity. That is why, as a healthy, functioning person, I incorporated sound therapy into my life.

After less than sixty hours of listening, suddenly, incredibly, new sounds were singing in my ears. I had assumed I’d always heard them, but it is amazing how much we hear, yet do not hear. I am now acutely conscious of sound, all sound, including my own voice which I can now control. Octavizing up or down is now easily accomplished. It is the sound therapy that has gifted me with this new awareness. Further amazement came. When properly energized, the body can function on very little sleep. I have always required eight hours of heavy duty sleep. Now I often wake up in the night, after only three to four hours sleep, snap my eyes open, stretch and feel ready to tackle whatever may be coming my way. I do not always rise to the occasion, preferring the comfort and warmth of the bed. But there is none of the old tossing and turning. I lie peacefully, pursuing my ranging thoughts, making promises and programs for the hours and days to come, as I am now able to concentrate my energy into a basic force that is not easily sidetracked. I see others fade; I am fresh and eager for the next encounter. If I feel the approach of tiredness, I simply lie down for a few minutes with the music and drift into rest, rising calmed, refreshed and ready to carry on.”

A year later Linda writes: “I’m still listening. Not three hours a day but at least 45 minutes. I usually listen at night; when I go to bed, on go the headphones. I go to sleep and the music plays on. When I miss a day I’m not happy about it. I feel something important is lacking. It’s as though my internal batteries that provide calm, energy and a feeling of well-being just hadn’t been charged. I’ll never stop listening. Never is a strong word, but that’s how I feel about sound therapy. I never want to be without it.”

Energy to bake a cake
Anne Sherman, Bayview New South Wales, Australia:

“Although I still have Tinnitus (for which I began the Sound Therapy) I feel sure it isn’t as loud, but the other benefits are great. I am in my 5th month and can now scrape up the energy to make a cake in the late afternoon before I put the dinner on- unheard of for the past many years. My husband of 52 years doesn’t feel he lands himself in nearly the amount of trouble he used to with the crazy male way he tries to help me. I certainly have new vitality and sense of well being which makes it easier for me to tolerate the odd person who used to irritate me!

All in all, I am a very satisfied customer and am in no way going to become lax about my 4 hours each day (I do 4 to make up for the intervals on the tape and the times it stops and I don’t immediately notice).”

Renewed energy for epilepsy sufferer
Hilary Peart, Perth, Western Australia:

“When I first read of Sound Therapy in their newsletter, ‘Listeners’ Voices’ and read of the benefits others had received from listening to their tapes it sounded too good to be true. I thought if I could get a fraction of that help it would be worth trying, so I sent for the tapes and both my husband and I started listening to them as soon as we received them. I have epilepsy and the medication I take was not completely controlling it. I had an almost constant ‘electric’ feeling in my head, and looked out at the world through what seemed like a net curtain, or fog. I was constantly on edge, slept badly, felt exhausted, had difficulty reading and communicating. The simplest tasks had become complicated for me. From the start I listened to the Sound Therapy tapes 10-12 hours a day and found it very soothing. Before I started listening to the tapes my day consisted of about 2 hours of activity in the morning and the rest of the day mainly resting and unable to communicate. By the end of the first three months of listening my day had improved to the extent that I could be active most of the time except for a couple of hours resting in the afternoon. The headaches, pressure in my head and confusion, gradually lessened. After about 6 weeks of listening, I visited my neurologist. He was pleased with my progress and said to carry on with what I was doing. The next visit 6 months later he couldn’t get over how my walking and posture had improved, and I later left the Sound Therapy book with him. On my next visit about 8 months later, he again could see my improvement and was very pleased, and had enjoyed reading the book, as he had an interest in how music can help with restoring memory etc. Today, after about 15 months of listening, what a change! I have my enjoyment and enthusiasm for life back. I have tried many alternative remedies over the years as I have had a number of health issues, I have a heart problem which has culminated in me having a pace-maker fitted, chronic fatigue syndrome, fybromyalgia and of course the epilepsy. I still carry on with acupuncture treatment, homeopathic drops, and magnetic therapy, plus nutritional supplements and have a good diet, all of which have helped me and continue to do so. I was doing this all before I started on the Sound Therapy, but what I found with the Sound Therapy was it seemed to enhance all the other things I was doing. In conclusion Sound Therapy has improved my:

  • Energy levels
  • Co-ordination
  • Memory
  • Concentration
  • Ability to do needlework (I had come to the stage that I was unable to do this any more)
  • Communication – both written and oral
  • Sleeping pattern
  • General quality of life

In short Sound Therapy has given me my quality of life back. Thank you Sound Therapy.”

Bus travel not so tiring
Margaret Owen, Balgowlah, New South Wales, Australia:

“Three days after beginning Sound Therapy I travelled by coach to Brisbane, normally an exhausting procedure, playing the tapes throughout the journey – slept soundly and arrived full of energy into heat wave conditions – spent the afternoon sight seeing at a rapid pace.

The second benefit was being able to cut my sleeping time down to seven hours per night for the first time in my life thus enabling me to get more done. The extra energy has been such a bonus that I don’t care about the acuity of my hearing though I’m sure it’s much improved.

I don’t go anywhere without my Walkman, tapes and battery charger. Even walking round the city is not the exhausting experience it used to be.”

Energy evident in swimming and tennis
Jim Millburn, Balgowlah Heights, New South Wales, Australia:

I was asked to provide written advice regarding my successful use of Sound Therapy in achieving Opening of the Ear. After four weeks of Sound Therapy in which I average daily listening of 3 to 5 hours, I experienced the classic symptoms of Opening of the Ear.

Prior to this, I had gone through the tiredness syndrome without realizing its significance but I recall that my body was just absolutely drained of all energy after having played tonnes one afternoon.

The opening took place shortly after this and was heralded by a strange feeling which overcame me both mentally and physically.

My mind suddenly swept aside all thoughts and became totally clear and focused in a manner that I had never experience previously.

This was accompanied by a surge of energy which built up and charged my whole body, providing sources of energy which became evident in my swimming and tennis.

Over the next few weeks, I found my sense of taste, which had been very poor, say 2 out of 10, improved to 5 out of 10 and I was enjoying my meals far more than before.

My poor concentration also showed considerable improvement to the extent that it was quite evident that something remarkable had taken place.

Now some 8 months down the track, the extent of the change has diminished but I retain the benefits of high energy, good sleeping, a general feeling of vibrant well-being and an ability not to worry unnecessarily.

Better tennis
Allen McNeil, New South Wales, Australia:

“I am amazed at the power of this method, After just six hours I noticed benefit in my energies, and played better tennis.”

Great rushes of energy
Marion Loe, Engadine New South Wales, Australia:

I suppose I am a high anxiety person. That is, I get easily stressed. Several months ago I knew I had to do something. I frantically collected tools to help me meditate and relax. Since using the Sound Therapy tapes my meditations have been a lot deeper and I feel a lot calmer. It’s like I have the mental space to sit back from all the busyness. I don’t have to rescue people. They can look after themselves.

Initially I become extremely tired. That surprised me. Then I remembered in the book by Patricia she also got very tired. That made me feel better so I knew this was a stage in the healing process. I just allowed it to happen. I took a few extra supplements and persevered. Then I started feeling better. In fact I was getting great rushes of energy. Very surprising response – fantastic. Now I feel like I have bigger ears, bigger eyes, my “antennae” are more sensitive. I’ve slowed down and can appreciate the world differently.

Thank you Sound Therapy!

Trebled energy, new notes
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!”

Never dragged out and tired
Darrell Johnson, Delisle, Saskatchewan, Canada:

“About four years ago I started getting ringing in the left ear, followed by light-headedness and dizziness. Sometimes I couldn’t stand without falling. This I was getting about once a month, then twice a month, soon twice a week and not long later three or four times a day. My doctor told me I had Meniere’s Syndrome, which is a problem of the inner ear past the stirrup. There wasn’t much that could be done; I would just have to put up with it. Being my age was 53, I knew I would be quite some time putting up with this problem. The doctor made some changes in my diet, which helped a little but not much. It was no cure, and I still got the spells. Then I heard about Sound Therapy. I bought the Sony Walkman and tapes on June 15/83. I played it three to five hours a day. It took about ten weeks before I noticed any difference. Now, four months later, I have no light-headedness and dizziness, and the ringing in my left ear has gone. Sometimes I get the feeling that I might get dizzy, and I put on the sound therapy music and the feeling goes away immediately. The hearing in my left ear has also improved. I can’t express how much Sony and the tapes have done for me. I still use my Sony and tapes three to four hours a day, as it is so relaxing, and I am never dragged out and tired any more. I can stay up very late at night and still get up rested early in the morning. Also, I don’t get uptight and stressed about the little setbacks of the day, but can just relax and take them in my stride. I even find it easier to talk to people – am not so shy! It’s like a new life.”

Spring cleaning whirlwind
Wanda S. Harrison, Allen Park, MI, U.S.A.

“I did experience the energy breakthrough. For about a week prior, I had found myself literally at loose ends, unable to make decisions, not really wanting to do ANYTHING. On Tuesday the 17th, I had to force myself to get up at 10:30 a.m. and dragged through the rest of the day and evening. The next morning I awoke feeling like a new person, so full of energy I couldn’t decide what to do first. This is a new experience for me! I simply can’t believe how much energy I have! When we were up at my mother’s old farmhouse in Midland last weekend, I not only cleaned inside the house, but got to work in the yard, pruning the bushes that hadn’t been done for 10 years and finally getting started on the huge task of cleaning up her old garden at the side of the house.

For the first time in many years I am able to lie and go to sleep without taking any pills! This alone makes me feel like a new person, not to be tied to the bottle of tranquilizers at bed time and particularly to wake up after 4-5 hours of sleep feeling totally refreshed and no morning “blahs.”

I also find that I no longer need to use laxatives the way I did for many years since I had abdominal surgery when I was seven. My memory is much clearer as are my thought processes as well as my writing ability.”

Customer service whizz
Bruce Hanwright, Rutherford, New South Wales, Australia:

“As far as benefits of listening to the tape goes I seem to hear words of the rock and roll songs of my youth more clearly (I’m 56) and I seem to handle work better serving rushes of customers.”

Felt so energized
Julia Angel Gulenc, Moorabbin, Victoria, Asutralia:

“About eight years ago, I read an article in a Women’s magazine about the damaging effects of loud noise on our hearing. Sound Therapy was mentioned.

Since I was suffering of frequent ringing in my ears, was very sensitive to noise, with frequent headaches etc., I rang the phone number given on the article.

When your rep. detailed to me the supposed benefits of Sound Therapy naturally I was skeptical, but decided to purchase the book Sound Therapy for the Walkman, to get a better understanding of this therapy.

I read the book in one sitting.

I was so impressed, that immediately after reading it, I purchased the tapes. I have said many times since, that the few hundred dollars I spent buying the tapes was the best investment I ever made for my health. From the very first moment I started listening , I knew they were going to do me good.

I had for a very long time, been very uncomfortable listening to regular tapes with headphones on, as I found it unpleasant no matter how low the sound, It bothered me. Not so with Sound Therapy tapes. As soon as I put the headphones on after only a few minutes, I knew I was onto something different.

I couldn’t get enough. I listened for 6 hours straight. That same night I slept with my headphones on. I was amazed and very pleased.

A few months later, the ringing in my ears, my regular dizzy spells, and my headaches, were largely gone. I felt so energized that I went from needing 8-9 hours sleep a night, to only 7. Many times since, I have woken up feeling fully rested after only 5 or 6 hours of sleep.

Now years later I don’t listen to the tapes every day and I don’t need to, but if I go without them for longer than a fortnight, my ears seem to protest and on come the headphones again.

I do hope that one day I’ll be able to go without the tapes, but as I enjoy the music – especially the hissing; would you believe? – that special sound will continue to be a part, a very important on, of my life.

They have certainly made a great difference to the enjoyment of my life. My ears and I are very grateful.”

Jill Genders,

“I continue to be very pleased with the tapes – and – is it magic, coincidence or is it the tapes? I seem to have so much energy. Whatever it is, I like it.”

Wendy Freeman,

“Hi there from Melbourne! I have just spent 6wks in the US and Canada and of course took my Sound Therapy tapes with me and listened heaps. I really believe they helped me to cope much better then I expected with all the travel, given my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I think I am going to get away without having a relapse, which is wonderful.”

Sarkis Doueihi, Syndey, Australia

“My name is Sarkis Doueihi, I am a personal trainer & full time Athlete (competing in Track and American Football). I studied psychology at California State college Fullerton, and NLP at Master practitioner level with Wyatt Woodsmall & Marvin Oka.

My greatest passion is performance enhancement, to see Human beings becoming and being the absolute best that they can be, whether that be sports, business, family, relationships, or even the spiritual path.

I first came across Sound Therapy while reading Cosmic memory by Sheila Ostrander and Lynn Schroeder. The chapter on using the ear to recharge & learn just knocked me out. Firstly, because of its claims, secondly, because of evidence and background, but most importantly, to the extent that it described certain experiences I had experienced. I must have read and re-read the chapter at least three times, then exploded to the back of the book, looking for the resources listings, only to find an address in far off Canada. I didn’t want to wait weeks and weeks to get the tapes. I wanted them now or at least by the next morning. I was sure there had to be an Australian connection.

Funnily enough the next day a catalogue arrived in the mail for the upcoming Mind Body & Spirit festival. As I flicked through, my jaw dropped, there right in front of me was a local phone number for a supplier of the Sound Therapy audio tapes, and they even had a stall at the show.

On the Thursday of the show I rushed straight to the Sound Therapy stall. The cosmic joke was here I met the daughter (Rafaele) of the originator of Sound Therapy for the Walkman (Patricia Joudry) and she lives in Sydney. On that day I picked up the book ”Sound Therapy for the Walkman”. That evening after the festival I read the book from cover to cover in one sitting. Now was I hyped. I wanted these tapes and all the benefits that come with them. I picked up the tapes on the Saturday- I remember it was on the 3rd of December.

In the first week I must have listened to in excess of 70 hours, I was so excited I literally lived with my walkman. It took me about 4 weeks to to hit 300 hours of listening and when it hit me the fatigue was phenomenal. Sitting in front of the TV after a pretty ordinary day, it was only 7.30pm and off I dozed. For the next two weeks it was pretty much the same. I would wake up exhausted, I would fall asleep at the smallest rest break or inactivity. It wasn’t like I couldn’t continue with my daily schedule of training or working, it just took a lot more effort and concentration on my part. I was tired all the time and when I slept, I slept like a rock. Then my ears started to ache, all the dizziness and deep bone soreness! Despite all the fatigue and aches, all the dizziness and confusion, I persisted. I knew there was a pot of gold at the end of this colourless rainbow and I persisted. As suddenly as all the symptoms came, they one by one disappeared, but as each disappeared there was a gift of some new ability.

The fatigue, for example, was not only alleviated, it was totally gone, with energy to burn. There was this new intensity to my workouts, my work had a new spark, and my life felt energised. When the ear aches dispersed there came a new sense of balance and proprioception. There was clarity in my brain, not just in my mind. I had so much energy and more than anything I became totally addicted to my sound therapy tapes. I seemed to feed on them.

About two or three months later I ordered the advanced tapes. I listened to them for about 100 hours before it all started to happen again, but from a higher order, the symptoms came on for only five days this time and the after effect escalated the original by at least four fold. I was so energised, so earful it was great! Like my hearing seemed to get deeper and wider.

And I noticed more than ever how I slept like a baby, totally stress free. Most of all I seemed to be able to feed off all the sound around not only the sound therapy. I was always energised.

What next you ask? Well I tried the Full Spectrum audios and was totally blown away. They have a depth, a dimensionality to them like nothing I have ever heard. To describe them in words almost seems impossible, because to hear them is to go beyond the horizontal mind, into a verticality beyond words.

Sound therapy is performance enhancing, it is life enhancing. If you are after truly getting an edge on yourself then it would pay you handsomely to try the sound therapy experience. Persist through till the end and you will swearing by them too.”

Jenny Cannons

“As a sufferer of Tinnitus and hearing problems, reading about Sound Therapy in the Probus Magazine struck a cord. A ray of hope, a chance to improve my life as I had become withdrawn due to the mentioned problems. As listening hours passed I noticed less tension, less tiredness and 3 months on the tinnitus has eased. There are times when the ‘noises’ are not present. It is quite startling to realize the head is free of interference and when it does return it is not with intensity of the past. My hearing has improved; I had been tested for hearing aids prior to Sound Therapy treatment and would require assistance for both ears. Last month I was tested again and only the right ear needed assistance. This I decided to go with as my life is moving forward again and I miss too much at committee meetings etc. Yes I have become involved in activities again. Thanks to Sound Therapy. Most weeks I averaged 6 hours a day and I am still putting in the average of 4 hours a day and am looking forward to further improvement. Travelling with my tapes is wonderful. An 8 hour train journey was an interesting experiment, I came off the train fresh and bright which is more than I could say for my fellow travellers. I will definitely take them where ever I go. Now when I wake early I don’t switch on the talkback to mask the tinnitus I “plug in” and rest till time to start the day.”

Dr. Cliff Bacchus, Eleuthera, Bahamas:

“I was introduced to the Sound Therapy cassette system in the winter of I983, and began listening to the music on the day that I purchased my Sony Walkman in Miami. I listened for about six hours a day during the first three days, while making my way about through the noise and confusion of that city, and also during the flight back to my island of Eleuthera. After these three days I was aware of an energy and mental clarity such as I had not experienced since before entering University, many years earlier. One notable happening during the first week was that, whereas I had never before had the patience or stamina at the end of a day of seeing patients to play Backgammon with my young daughter, as she constantly pleaded for me to do, I could now spend a whole evening with her at this game, wearing my headphones and listening to the therapy music. Thus, there was an immediate improvement in family harmony. After ten days of listening, there was a change in the character of my dreams. I had had great difficulty in remembering my dreams, while knowing that they usually verged on the nightmarish. Listening to the therapy music for a time before going to sleep, I began having vivid, happy dreams, with the clarity and purity of childhood dreams: sailing away on a Caribbean cruise; flying through the high air from Hawaii to Tahiti. I also remembered the dreams in detail. At the same time, my creative doors flew open. I began rising earlier in the mornings and listening to the music during several hours of creative writing, which preceded my office hours. I now sleep better, think better, write better, and am eager to get all my patients onto Sound Therapy particularly the pregnant women, and the children with learning problems.”

The Science of Tomatis

Research summary

The Tomatis method is the foundation for numerous offshoots of sound therapy programs based on Tomatis’s discoveries. There is substantial evidence for the efficacy of the Tomatis method, with studies on a wide variety of health conditions producing a differing range of results that have been interpreted as either positive or neutral.

Tomatis reported in his autobiography on his efforts to collaborate with researchers. Though the methods used in some studies did not succeed in highlighting the positive results observed by clinical practitioners, Tomatis argued this was due to the design of the studies and individual variances. (Tomatis Conscious Ear)

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

Reading, behavior and learning

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

Kershner et al (1990) undertook a 2 year study of 26 students with a control group using an auditory placebo. As improvements were found in both groups, researchers concluded that there was a lack of support for the educational efficacy of the Tomatis Program for learning disabled children.

Gilmor’s meta analysis (1999) covering four smaller studies of the Tomatis method, including Kershner’s work, found that “Positive effects sizes were found for each of the five behavioral domains analyzed”

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

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.

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.

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

Swain (2007) studied the effects of the Tomatis Method on 41 subjects from age 4 to age 19 with auditory processing disorders. Standardized tests were used pre and post treatment. All subjects demonstrated statistically significant improvement with skills of immediate auditory memory, auditory sequencing, interpretation of directions, auditory discrimination and auditory cohesion. Researchers concluded that the Tomatis Method can be effective as an intervention strategy for auditory processing disorders. http://www.thelisteningcenter.net/research.php

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.

Intellectual disability

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

Autism

A study was undertaken by the University of California on autistic children using the Tomatis sound therapy, its findings were published in 2007.   The method used was randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover design. The study showed that there was improvement in the children, however it did not appear to be related to the treatment. The children that were given the placebo showed a higher percentage of improvement over those given the Tomatis treatment. The study concluded there was no improvement in language using the Tomatis Method.

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.

REFERENCES

  • Tomatis, A.A. The Conscious Ear. Station Hill Press. New York, 1991.
  • Sandislands, M. The Tomatis Listening Training Program: A Quasi-Experimental Field Evaluation, International Journal of Special Education 1989
  • Kershner, J., Cummings, R, Clarke, K, Hadfield, A, Kershern, B, Two-year Evaluation of the Tomatis Listening Training Program with Learning Disabled Children, Learning Disability Quarterly, Volumer 13, 1990.
  • Gilmore, Tim, The Efficacy of the Tomatis Method for Children with Learning and Communication Disorders: A Meta-Analysis, International Journal of Listening, Vol 13, 1999.
    Weiss, W. (1985). Long-term average spectra of continuous speech before and after Tomatis audio-vocal training. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 78 (S1) p. S56
    Van Wyk, S. (2003). A combined Tomatis and lifestyle enhancement progamme for overweight female students. Unpublished masters thesis, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa
  • Jaarsveld, P.E. and du Plessis, W.F., Audio-psycho-phonology at Potchefstroom: A review. Potchefstroom University of Higher Education, 1988.
  • Badenhorst.F.H. (1975).’n Rorschachstudie van regssydiges en linksluisteraars met gemengde laterale voorkeure. Ongepubliseerde M.-graad-skripsie. Potchefstroom Universiteit vir CHO: Potchefstroom.
    Wilson, B.C., Iacoviello, J.M., Metlay W., Risucci D., Rosati, R. & Palmaccio, T., Tomatis Project Final Report. The Listening Centre, Ontario,1992.
  • Swain, D.R. “The Effects of The Tomatis Method of Auditory Stimulation on Auditory Processing Disorder: A Summary of Findings,” International Journal of Listening, Vol. 21, Number 2, 2007.
  • Gilmor, T.M. (1982). A pre-test & post-test survey of children’s and adolescent’s performance before & after completing the Tomatis Program. Unpublished manuscript. Tomatis Centre (Canada).
    Gilmor, T.M. (1984). Participant characteristics and follow-up evaluations of children and adolescents who have participated in the Listening Training Program (Tomatis Method), 1978-1983. Unpublished manuscript. Tomatis Centre (Canada).
    Cited in Stutt, Howard A. The Tomatis Method: A Review of Current Research. McGill University, 1983.
  • Rourke and Russel cited in Stutt, Howard A. The Tomatis Method: A Review of Current Research. McGill University, 1983.
  •   Roy, J. (1982). Cognitive control functioning and spontaneous speech: Intensive case studies of Audio-Psycho-Phonological remedial training with five dyslexic boys. Doctoral Dissertation. University of Otawa. Unpublished manuscript.
    Roy, R. T. (1982). Perceptual processing abilities and academic skills: Intensive case studies of Audio-Psycho-Phonological
    remedial training with five dyslexic boys. Doctoral Dissertation. University of Otawa. Unpublished manuscript.
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    Peché, A. (1975). Anxiety. Unpublished masters thesis, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa (written in the Afrikaans language).
  • Botes, C. E. (1979). Audio-psycho-phonology with neurotic depression. Unpublished masters thesis, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa (written in the Afrikaans language).
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Sound Therapy Research Papers

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.

Sound therapy research continues today all over the world. There is simply too much material to cover at once, so the following list is just a small collection of useful and insightful articles on the topic.

You can keep up to date on sound therapy research by visiting this site periodically, as we like to post on important findings in the field. Academic journals, search engines and social media forums on the topic are also good places to look.

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The therapeutic effect of high band pass classical music

By:
George B. Richards,Ph.D.
Paula J. Richards, A.B.A.
Rafaele Joudry, B.S.W.

The purpose of this paper is to present a critical review of the literature as it relates to the alternative approaches to hearing health through an overview and history of the theories of Dr. Alfred Tomatis, MD and present views toward antioxidant supplements. This review will attempt to explain these views as related to the afferent and efferent auditory neurological pathways and to explain how oxidative stress to the auditory system can be alleviated.

PART 1
A Historical Review of the work of Dr Tomatis and Supporting Literature By Rafaele Joudry BSW

Overview of Dr Tomatis’s work
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. His work was applied most extensively to children with learning disorders and in language learning centres. Extensive anecdotal data and survey results indicate improvement for certain hearing disorders. Through his experiments Tomatis also discovered that high frequency sounds, softly played stimulate and replenish brain energy. He believed that a regular dose of high frequency sound is essential for optimum functioning of the cortex. His method also appears to assist cerebellar integration, leading to improvement in numerous neurological disorders.

Tomatis’s research
On completing his ENT studies Tomatis set up his own research rooms and 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 inconsistencies in results for hearing tests depending on the subjects’ anticipation of the effect of hearing loss on their career or possible pensions.

This inspired him to investigate the psychological aspect of hearing. So began the development of Tomatis’ ideas on the wholistic nature of language as it represents our evolving consciousness within our environment. He was inspired by the work of Negus who determined that ducklings could recognise the sound of their mother’s voice at birth, and from this deduced the fact that much of our neurology for language comprehension is laid down while still in utero.

Dr Agatha Sidlauskas, a psychologist and long time proponent of Tomatis’s work has perhaps the best overall grasp of how the intricate physical involvement of he ear in the entire nervous system implicates its profound role at more psychic levels of our being. “The integration of the ear with the rest of the organism means that to be able to speak one must be able to control posture, to direct his gaze, to be sure of inner dynamics and be capable of hearing sound and to analyze its intake.”

Meanwhile Tomatis had begun working with singers. He subjected the singers to audiometric tests, the same that he had been administering to those people with occupational deafness and 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 now began to investigate and compare the size of larynxes vis à vis the voice structure against the shape of the audiogram in relation to the voice. He had to conclude 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 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.”

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.

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.

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, mainly Mozart, through the Electronic Ear. 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.

Distinctions awarded to Tomatis as recognition of his early work were as follows: Chavalier of public health 1951; International Scientific Research Gold Medal at the Brussels World Fair [1959] awarded for the Tomatis Effect Electronic Ear; International Scientific Research Bronze Medal at the Brussels World Fair [1959] for the Tomatis Automatic Audiometer; Grande Medaille de Vermail of the City of Paris [1962]; Clemence Isaure Prize. March 1967; Arts, Science and Literature Gold medal. April 1968.

Clinical Studies
Recent brain research by Ted Carrick, an important pioneer in the field of chiropractic neurology, indicates that rather than simply psychological factors, brain function and in particular cerebellar integration, determine the essential listening and attending component needed to complete the act of hearing, particularly the ability to focus ones hearing in the face of other sensory inputs, distractions and background noise.
In the last few decades there have been numerous controlled studies, clinical experiments and case histories, primarily in Canada, South Africa and Australia, which confirm benefits of the Tomatis method for a variety of conditions. These have been done firstly on the clinical Tomatis treatment and more recently on the portable treatment developed by Patricia and Rafaele Joudry. A brief summary of these studies follows.

Canada
The Canadian studies focussed primarily on language and learning abilities, demonstrating measurable changes on a variety of indicators. Under-achieving children performed better when compared against control groups according to objective tests and observations by parents and teachers.
Sandislands and Lethbridge, [Sandislands 1989 ] compared 32 underachieving children with a control group of 40. The treated group showed greater improvements in listening, oral reading and behaviour.
Likewise, Wilson [Wilson, 1982 ] found that a group of pre-school language disordered children showed statistically significant improvement in their ability to express thoughts and feelings in words after Tomatis therapy.

Gilmor [Gilmor, 1982 ] found improvement in children and adolescents’ self concept, social and family relations and certain language and motor skills.

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

Two doctoral theses on the effect of the Tomatis method on five dyslexic boys showed improved cognitive control and audio-vocal control in four of the subjects. [Roy and Roy,1980 ]
Weiss [Weiss, 1985 ] showed a shift of vocal energy to the higher frequencies and better articulation in theatre students after Sound Therapy.

South Africa
Van Wyk, 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. [Van Wyk, 1974 ] This was also confirmed by Badenhorst, who found that right eared people communicate more easily. [Badenhorst 1975 ]

Jaarsveld [Jaarsveld 1974 ] treated a group of 43 stutterers, in which 82% got significant relief from the treatment, and 54% retained the improvement for a year or more.

Peche, treated a group of 10 students and found that Sound Therapy helped to alleviate anxiety and remove psychic blocks. He concluded that it is beneficial in conjunction with psychotherapy. [Peche 1975 ]
Botes found improved relationships and self concept in an in depth study of three clients with neurotic depression when treated with Tomatis therapy. [Botes, 1979 ]

A long term study by Du Plesis over 14 months with subjects carefully chosen from a survey of 424 people showed improved mental health and self actualization for both 10 anxious and 10 non anxious people who had Tomatis treatment, as compared to a control group. [Du Plesis 1982 ]

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

The following studies were done using Joudry’s portable program of the Tomatis treatment method.
U.K.

The audiometrician, Eric Jordan, trialled the Sound Therapy tapes on an unspecified number of subjects and claimed he found that 90% of tinnitus sufferers got some relief as a result of Joudry Sound Therapy tapes.

Australia
Special education teacher, Elizabeth Rintel, used Joudry tapes for learning disabled children and found they advanced faster in reading, spelling and auditory discrimination compared to a control group. [Rintel, 1995. ]
Sound Therapy Australia [Joudry 1994. ] undertook a three year survey of 388 respondents which showed 45% to 100% symptomatic improvement in subjects. The percentage who reported a positive outcome for each condition was as follows: tinnitus, 84%; hearing loss, 56%; stress, 86%; fatigue, 84%; sleep problems, 75%; communication, 78%; learning difficulties, 85%; speech problems, 64%; depression, 100%; headaches, 100%; jet lag 100%, and for general well being, 80%. 93% of subjects observed some positive results in at least one area.

Bell, undertook a case study using Joudry tapes on a year 2 boy with delayed development. As a result of the program and according to evaluations undertaken by his mother, the experimenter and his teacher, he showed improved social behaviour and began to read. [Bell 1991 ]
Hearing Instrument Specialist, Paula Richards studied the effect of Sound Therapy on hearing environmental sounds while listening and found almost no impairment of the ability to hear surrounding noise while the tapes are playing, meaning that it is quite safe to use Sound Therapy during daily activities. [Richards 2001 ]

The portable program
Sound Therapy was adapted for cassette tape in the 1980s by Patricia Joudry and Rafaele Joudry, authors of Sound Therapy: Music to Recharge Your Brain and Triumph Over Tinnitus. This meant that thousands of people who did not have access or time to attend the lengthy and costly clinic process could now use the therapy during daily activities. Long term use brought to light more benefits in the areas of sleep, improved energy, reduced stress, relief of tinnitus, improved sound differentiation and in some cases better hearing.

Interestingly, the only studies to examine the effect on hearing and ear related problems were the ones using the portable method. It was only with the advent of the portable method that the effectiveness of Sound Therapy for hearing disorders became apparent, as it usually requires long term treatment to see effect in these areas. These studies however were not rigorously controlled and further research is needed to explore the anecdotal evidence which points to many incidences of improved hearing, reduction in tinnitus, improved ability to differentiate sound in a noisy environment, recovery from recurrent and intermittent ear blockage problems, infections, excess wax production and ear related balance disorders.

PART 2
Auditory Neurology That May Support The Tomatis Theory and other Auditory Intervention Techniques. By: George B. Richards, PhD

Call it sound therapy, auditory training or auditory intervention techniques; these therapy approaches have been the focus for investigation into many types of auditory processing disorders through out the world in prestigious institutions of higher learning by leading investigators.

Dr. Tomatis had a rather radical view of the transmission scheme that is 180 degrees out of phase from the traditional viewpoint. He believed that through a negative feedback loop originating at the level of the endolyph, hydraulic pressure was being applied to the ossicles along with middle ear muscle activity as a constant dampening and tuning of the tympanic membrane. The tympanic membrane collected the sound and transmitted it to the organ of Corti via the bony sulcus. Tomatis thus concluded it was the role of the middle ear to regulate sound transmission and provide a buffer for the shearing force required for audition. The human ear must maintain an optimal micro-homeostasis by limiting destructive shearing of the hair cells. Tomatis further believed that it was the middle ear muscles, which control high-frequency audition and have a significant role in cortical charging.


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Dr. Stephen Porges, at the University of Maryland [USA] working with children with autism and other related disorders, has focused on the two muscles of the middle ear. Porges states that the same nerves that control vocalization, facial expression, heart rate and breathing, innervate the tensor tympani and stapedius muscles. He points out that when the human organism is in a state of fear or high anxiety, the middle ear muscles loose the ability to diminish low-frequency sounds and attending to the higher frequencies of speech is thus impaired. Porges has developed an intervention protocol similar to the Tomatis method using filtered music to exercise the middle ear muscles along with whole body relaxation techniques to restore integrity to the middle ear muscle function and has reported improvements in communication skills, handwriting, balance and coordination, sensory processing, visual skill and sleep patterns. [Porges, 2003]

The research of Rideout and Laubach at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania required eight students to perform spatial-reasoning tasks before and after listening to a Mozart piano sonata. EEG recordings were made in each condition and an interesting correlation was observed. The music condition dramatically increased brain wave activity along with a significant increase in spatial-reasoning performance. [Rideout and Laubach 1997]. Musical perception occurs in the right hemisphere of the brain, which is the same side of the brain that is involved with spatial analysis. [Roederer]

Dr. John Hughes, a neurologist at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago found that music that regularly repeats every 20 to 30 seconds, just as most of Mozart’s compositions do, trigger the strongest brain activity. Dr. Hughes studied the effects of listing to Mozart on 36 subjects with severe epileptic seizures and found an outstanding 29 out of the 36 patients showed significant improvement by having fewer seizures of less intensity. [Hughes, John 1998]

Neurobiologist Gordon Shaw of the University of California at Los Angeles using MRI studies to chart the brain wave activity of individuals listening to different types of music found that only Mozart activated areas of the brain that process fine motor coordination, vision and other higher thought processing regions. [Rauscher, Shaw and Ky, 1995]

Dr. Ingmar Klochoff of Uppsala, Sweden, describes a psychosomatic syndrome, known as the tensor tympani syndrome and is caused by increased psychic tension due to mental stress. There are individuals who do not have a constant impedance of the middle ear. The conclusion for this irregularity was spontaneous tonic tensor tympani muscle activity. The symptoms of this syndrome are often a fullness, tinnitus and dysacusis with a high relation to tension headache and vertigo. This syndrome does not in its self cause hearing loss; however, persons with this syndrome complain of difficulties in understanding what people say. This psychosomatic syndrome is likely to be caused by an inability to attend or concentrate caused by the ever-present rise in psychic tension. [Klochoff 1979]


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The Centrifugal Pathways are where things start to get interesting. We all struggled with the afferent or input pathways and learned how things got to the brain, but it was that efferent or feed back system that always seemed to be so elusive and not very well understood. The efferent nerves run close to, but not within, the same tracts, as do the afferent nerves. The Superior Olivary Complex is the region of the brainstem where efferent neurons arise and have their point of origin, but are not within the afferent nuclei. It is this system that is responsible for the auditory reflex activities of the stapedius and the tensor tympanic muscles. Traditionally we have been taught that the contraction of these muscles causes the ossicles to become less efficient sound transmitters to the labyrinth, thus protecting the delicate hair cell structure.


[Figure 3]

Unorthodox theories view this reflexive activity to be a tuning system that is continually monitoring the tension being applied to the tympanic membrane and providing protection to the hair cells from superatheshold stimuli.

The auditory efferent system is also feeding information back to the contractile outer hair cells pulling the tectorial membrane into the afferent inner hair causing a mechanical fine tuning effect as in attention and sound localization.


[Figure 4]

These unorthodox theories have merit; in that a true feedback system would have a continuous flow of information that provides maximum tone to the middle ear muscles. Just like an arm or a leg that does not become completely limp when not in use, but maintains a proper tone all of the time, unless injured. This is one of the main theories of the Sound Therapy; that it will restore tone to the middle ear muscle system and in turn tunes up the entire auditory system, which is responsible for 85% of ongoing cortical activity

The system is also very global at a cortical level, sending information to the somatic and automatic nervous system. These more global responses are responsible for feelings of sadness, happiness, anxiety, flight and fight and a host of other visceral responses. It is the ears’ involvement with the X cranial nerve or the vagus nerve [some times referred to as the wandering nerve] that innervates the bronchi and heart going through the diaphragm and on to the entire viscera including the esophagus to the anus. Very simply put, “We therefore have a system in which reflexes can be established at many levels, and in which the cortex controls the reflexes through descending influences..”[Pickles 1988] ]

Through over stimulation, sickness and disease, drug therapies and other oxidative stress, the integrity of the afferent and efferent nervous systems is compromised, with loss of muscle tone and synchrony in the synaptic firing order. This compromise manifests itself in myriad of symptomatic maladies, such as hearing loss, tinnitus, loss of balance and coordination, loss of attention, inability to hear and understand in the presence of background noise, fatigue, tiredness, headaches, anxiety, depression and on and on. So when damage occurs to this delicate feed back system, the homeostasis of the entire organism is compromised. Thus is appears through highly organized temporal stimuli [classical music], which has undergone high band pass filtration, a restoration of aural muscle tone and synaptic firing order provides better cortical processing. Better cortical processing corrects a myriad of problems ranging from: anxiety relief, better hearing, tinnitus control, better balance and coordination, to: feelings of happiness and well being.

It seems that it is the reestablishing of the ability to listen to the higher frequency that is responsible for repairing and reorganizing cortical pathways. The energy levels coming in from the high frequency areas are more intense than for the lower frequencies. Dr. Tomatis calls the high harmonics the “charging sounds” while he describes the lower frequencies as the “discharging sounds”. The lower frequencies supply inadequate energy to the cortex and may even exhaust the individual. [Weeks]

PART 3

ANTIOXIDANT SUPPLEMENTS FOR THE EAR
By: Paula J. Richards, A.B.A., H.I.S., C.S.T.P.

This presentation’s purpose is to suggest some non-invasive treatment recommendations and the studies that support their potential for tinnitus relief.

We will discuss types of treatments and studies conducted on tinnitus patients along with specific supplements and their levels

Literature, journals and the Internet are overflowing with data regarding antioxidant effects on just about every subject imaginable. When we began to research statements lauding the antioxidants and help for tinnitus, there was no shortage of information.

After wading through test studies and analysis, I have attempted to pick out those studies with the most validity and relevance to our topic here today.

Typically the medical profession has prescribed little help for tinnitus sufferers over the years. Most often antidepressants or tranquilizers were used simply to ease anxiety. But on the extensive list of drugs which create or increase tinnitus, these types of drugs rank pretty high. The side effects were helpful, but did not address relief of the total problem. Most often patients were told they would “Just have to live with it”. That is a tough call when it affects their entire life.

Treatments of every type imaginable have been suggested over time.

Recent information supplied to the 18th Annual Meeting of the International Tinnitus Forum in 2000 by Dr. Michael Seidman discussed intravenous treatments under consideration including caroverine. Also discussed was memantine, which is delivered locally to the cochlea, as well as catheter-delivered infusion of magnesium sulfate to the round window. Although these treatments showed some tinnitus improvement, emphasis was made that the treatment of tinnitus through transtympanic injections is not only invasive, but entails potential risk of damaging the hearing mechanisms. [Seidman, 2000] A risk that the majority of hearing health care professionals choose to avoid, like the plague.

The total problem is that tinnitus is very complex in that it creates a vicious cycle for the patient to overcome. The sufferers get stressed from the continuous noise, the inability to sleep and rest, the resulting eating problems, increased anxiety along with depression. All these factors continue to increase the tinnitus and the cycle grows more intense and more vicious.

Treatment factors need to be addressed which involve all of the aspects that accompany the noise of tinnitus.

The antioxidant theory that free radicals in the ear cells and nerves, which were created by noise and stress, can be either completely or partially cured is an extensive subject all in itself.

Kopke et al noted that noise over exposure leads to the development of reactive oxygen species in the cochlea, i.e. [oxidative stress]. The reactive oxygen steals molecules from the healthy outer hair cell [OHC]. These molecules are normally used to support its healthy functioning. Noise over exposure over works the OHC causing the free radicals to release and prevent the cell from replenishing critical nutrients causing the once healthy cell to go into a death cycle. This is why many researchers believe the damaged OHC can be treated with antioxidants before the death cycle reaches a point of no return. [Wolgemuth, 2000]

I will attempt to address the combination of supplements, which we feel are best able to assist with this oxidative stress damage and assist in tinnitus relief; and even in some cases, better hearing.

The first recommendation accompanying all studies is to suggest that patients avoid alcohol, smoking, caffeine and reduce their salt intake. Since this treatment pattern is suggested by doctors for a myriad of ailments and not observed by their patients for any of them, the recommendation of supplements is more widely accepted. After all, we modern, busy people want the perfect pill that will remedy everything that ails us.

The basis of the program dealing with supplements is the inclusion of not just one element, but the combination of Ginkgo Biloba, Garlic, Zinc and Vitamin A.

Ginkgo Biloba: Studies are ongoing and have been in progress for many years relating to use of ginkgo biloba associated with tinnitus as well as hearing problems. Studies have been going on in France, Italy, Germany, Denmark as well as the U.S.A.; and you are all certain to be aware of Jastreboff’s studies with this herbal supplement. [Hazell, 1990] [Jastreboff, 1997]

The German Commission E, who is considered the world’s most knowledgeable body on herbal medicines, recommends EGb 761 [ginkgo biloba] for the treatment of tinnitus. [Bumenthal, Busse, Goldberg, 1998]

There have been 19 clinical trials in Germany investigating the effects of tinnitus treatment with EGb 761. Investigations of prognostic factors revealed that short-standing disorders have a better prognosis; so better results can be expected from early-onset treatment. [Holstein, 2001]

A French multicenter randomized double-blind drug vs. placebo study of the treatment of tinnitus with [EGb 761] extract was very positive. Ten ENT specialists treated 103 tinnitus outpatients during a 13-month treatment period. They summarized that the [EGb 761] extract treatment improved the condition of all the tinnitus patients, irrespective of the prognostic factor. [Meyer, 1986]

A pharmacologic study in Denmark attributes that the therapeutic effect of ginkgo is based on several active constituents that have vasoactive and free radical scavenging properties. The Danish study also found ginkgo biloba to have a very tolerable side effect profile. [Soholm, 1998]

Garlic is lesser known, but not less valuable. Stress is a significant factor in increasing tinnitus noise levels. The modern use of garlic has focused on its ability to reduce stress, reduce cholesterol and regulate blood pressure. A side effect of reducing cholesterol and blood pressure is reducing the volume of noise produced by tinnitus.

The majority of studies show that the positive effects of garlic are those that delivered a sufficient dosage of allicin. Since allicin is the component responsible for the distinctive “ODOR” of garlic we have all come to know and love, manufacturers have developed methods of concentrating another component in garlic, alliin [which is odorless], which is then converted to allicin in the body. [Angerstein, 1995]

Zinc: Studies on zinc and hearing have evolved valuable insight. In 2003, a Turkish placebo-controlled study with tinnitus patients was very successful. Researchers Arda et al, measured blood zinc levels at the beginning of the study. They found that 31% of the subjects suffering tinnitus had lower-than-normal-zinc levels. In the same research group, 82% of the tinnitus sufferers reported a significant decrease in tinnitus severity. [Arda, 2003]

A Japanese study of 121 tinnitus patients suggested a benefit from zinc supplementation. This same investigation suggested it was possible to identify tinnitus patients by measuring serum zinc levels; thus aiding in the overall treatment. [Ochi, 1997]

An important note on Zinc is that large doses can be toxic and should be recommended at less than 40 mg per day.

Finally, Vitamin A: A New York Otorhinolaryngologist, M. J. Lobel, was one of the first to demonstrate in 1949 that vitamin A is useful in treating human hearing loss and tinnitus. Between 1941 and 51, five experimental research studies were conducted into the correlation between the ear and vitamin A. Authors concluded vitamin A was a valuable therapeutic agent in the treatment of deafness and tinnitus. [Lobel, 1951]

Identical trials with 103 patients in 1952 by G. Nager concluded that vitamin A did accomplish an improvement in pure-tone hearing, improvement in speech perception and reduction of accompanying tinnitus. [Nager, 1952]

It is important to note that vitamin A can be toxic in large amounts [over 50,000 I.U. per day] and should be consumed in the form of beta carotine, which the body then converts to vitamin A. [Diesel, 2002]

The trial period in the studies and product literature ranges between 60 to 120 days to determine if any result will be obtained. In many studies, extended trials gave even better results. The majority of recommendations for trial periods of the supplements were 90 days.

Most of these supplements include little or no side effects. As with any patient who is taking medications, they should be informed to check with their physician for any contraindications. However, caution must be exercised to warn patients who might be taking agents for blood-thinning such as coumadin or warfarin to check with their primary physician before taking Ginkgo Biloba.

Additionally, Ginkgo Biloba should be discontinued two weeks prior to any surgical procedure.

Of course if any of your 60 to 80 year old patients are pregnant, they should also check with their doctor.

Futuristic scientific research at Harvard Medical School involved reproducing mouse embryonic stem cells inculture that resemble sensory hair cells in the inner ear. These cells were transplanted into developing ears of chickens and appeared to be very similar to the chicken hair cells surrounding them. This technology may be used to treat disorders primarily due to cell degeneration, including hearing loss. [Cunningham, 2003] But not in the near future.

In summary, areas presented here today are non-intrusive methods that give some level of relief to most tinnitus sufferers.

In our practice, we recommend the combination of Sound Therapy and antioxidant supplements. This synergistic combination allows hearing health care professionals to offer an alternative path for their patients to follow in an effort to alleviate tinnitus suffering.

PRODUCT RECOMMENDATIONS
by Rafaele Joudry

Sound Therapy International recommends a combination of Feroxin and Revenol in combination with the Sound Therapy program. Feroxin provides a wide range of at least 60 minerals in a colloidal [liquid] form, derived from a natural source. These minerals assist with a wide range of body and brain functions, assisting the liver to detox so the body can more effectively utilize other nutrients.

Revenol is a powerful antioxidant formula containing several of the most powerful and effective natural antioxidants. The first generation, vitamins A, C and E will work for three hours in the body. The second generation found in grape seed extract and pine bark extract and Ginkgo biloba will last two to three times longer. Third generation anti oxidants, [circuminoids] have now been discovered and will last for up to three days, cleaning your body of free radicals.