How was Sound Therapy invented?

Sound Therapy was originally developed by the ear specialist, Dr Tomatis, who made some very important discoveries about the role that the ear plays in the health of our brain and nervous system. Tomatis specialised in education and took his method into the schools, where his porgram helped hundreds of children with dyslexia to learn to read. He also helped singers and people with industrial deafness. In later years his clinics focussed more on assisting clients to learn foreign languages.

Some years later, the Canadian author, Patricia Joudry, adapted the method into a portable porgram which she launched with her book, Sound Therapy for the Walk Man. Through the self help system, Sound Therapy became accessible all over the world. The long term treatment made possible by this method extended its effectiveness into the arenas of hearing loss, tinnitus and the long term treatment of many neurological and stress related disorders.

Since 1989 Sound Therapy International has been furthering the research and development of Sound Therapy through public education, research, practitioner training and technological advances.


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Background Noise

 When trying to sing in church I could not hear my own voice, and so gave up trying. Whereas I used to enjoy music, now it just existed and gave me very little lift. I had to try so hard to distinguish any words a soloist was singing.

Road noise drove me frantic. The noises I did not want to hear became a maddening roar, and those I wanted to hear I could not.

After listening to the Sound Therapy tapes, all this is changing. It brings tears of gratitude to my eyes, this recharging of life, made possible by this wonderful therapy. I can now hear the timbre in my own voice as I sing equally with that of others, and I can even hear the birds singing as I walk in the park. I am using my hearing aids less and less.

It is more that just improved hearing though. I find myself able and willing to communicate with people, it is easier to smile and reciprocate love.

William A. Whiteside
Toowomba, Queensland

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Nutrition for the Ear

Why we need Nutrition today


Today we live in a world affected by many sorts of pollution. Our air, our homes, the soil and our water are all contaminated with thousands of different artificial chemicals. Many diseases are on the rise, including cancer, chronic fatigue, chemical sensitivity, hormone problems, infertility, osteoporosis, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, attention deficit disorder, tinnitus and various autoimmune diseases. Natural therapists believe that these “twenty first century diseases” are caused by the huge increase in toxic chemicals affecting our environment and our bodies. There are now 75,000 chemicals in common daily use. 15% of Americans now suffer from chemical sensitivity.

Nutritional deficiency

Due to intensive chemical farming the soil used for agriculture has become depleted of minerals. It is calculated that to get the mineral content of a plate of spinach fifty years ago you would now have to eat fifty plates of spinach. The minerals that the body requires for a long and healthy life are not contained today in the food we can buy.
Foods today are picked green, transported long distances, sprayed, stored, preserved, modified and processed before reaching our table. This means that they reach our bodies depleted of the natural antioxidant properties of fresh food. Therefore, we are all affected by higher levels of free radicals than ever before, making it difficult for the body to resist disease.

How does nutrition help the ear and brain

The ear is often referred to as the most energy hungry organ of the body. All parts of the ear require high quantities of nutrients to function properly and to avoid degenerative problems such as hearing loss or tinnitus. Only if the right elements and enzymes are present can the nerves successfully fire the precise signals at millisecond intervals required to accurately transmit sound.

The delicate balance of this system can be upset by

  • Insufficient oxygen due to poor circulation in the inner ear
  • A deficiency in the trace minerals essential for enzyme activity
  • A toxic overload being carried by the body
  • Excessive free radical activity

The electrical stability of the cochlea depends upon the presence of minerals such as magnesium and calcium, and on a correct balance of necessary enzymes, fatty acids and amino acids.

The tiny hair like cells called cilia are the final stage of sound transmission before the charge is relayed to the auditory nerve. Slight disturbances in the equilibrium of enzymes can lead to the death of some of the cilia.

Colloidal minerals

Colloidal minerals are very minute particles which have already been absorbed and processed by plants. They come in a liquid form and are readily “bio available”, meaning the body can absorb them. They are estimated to be 90% more available to the body than other types of mineral supplements. A good colloidal mineral will contain at least 60 different minerals.

Super antioxidants

Over the last few decades many new sources of anti oxidants have been discovered. 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. A good anti oxidant supplement will contain all of these ingredients

The benefits

The health benefits of good quality nutritional supplementation are far reaching. Not only can this prevent chronic disease over the long term. It may also improve the health of the skin, gums and organs as well as improving digestion and circulation, reducing stress and boosting energy and general well being.

Information Sheet on Nutrition and Sound Therapy

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Background Noise

Background Noise Problem or Cocktail Party Syndrome (CPS)

The inability to differentiate sound from background noise is a very common problem affecting at least 20% of the population, both old and young. This condition may be an indication of hearing loss or the person may have acute hearing but simply have a problem with auditory discrimination.

Living with CPS

How bad is it really to live with a back ground noise discrimination problem? The difficulty this problem creates for most people is that they do not necessarily fit into the category of hard of hearing, a hearing aid will not help, people know you are not deaf, yet you have to be constantly explaining that you cannot hear in a noisy environment. So much of our social communication takes place in noisy environments, so normal communication becomes a daily dilemma. You meet someone at a conference who lives near you and says “Oh, why don’t we take the train home together?” You immediately panic, knowing the stress and embarrassment that will be caused for you all the way home because you cannot hear your companion over the noise of the train.

At social gatherings you are always nervous that you will respond inappropriately and embarrass yourself, you may say yes when you mean no, or no when you mean yes, or you could end up agreeing to a date or a business deal that you had no idea of. But you are not deaf! People telling you to get a hearing aid does no good, because you can hear perfectly well, you just can’t separate the fore sound from the background sound. No one has ever heard of or acknowledged your condition, practitioners tell you the problem is psychological and you just don’t want to listen. The good news is, you have exactly the same problem that brought Patricia Joudry to Sound Therapy and was the reason behind her developing the portable program to help thousands of others like herself.

How does Sound Therapy help CPS

There may be several factors which explain the remarkable effectiveness of Sound Therapy for background noise differentiation problems. The ability to differentiate and focus on specific sounds in a noisy environment is partly a function of the ear and partly of the brain. Dr Tomatis postulated that the middle ear muscles (the hammer and stirrup muscles) play a role in determining which sounds the ear will focus on. They have a tuning function, changing the tension on the ear drum and other membranes allowing the ear to tune in exactly to a certain sound input. The gymnastic rehabilitation of the middle ear muscles caused by Sound Therapy may contribute to the improved ability to differentiate sound from background noise.

Another aspect of the Cocktail Party Syndrome is Central Auditory Processing (CAP), which means the ability of the brain to sort and make sense of different, simultaneous auditory inputs. It is quite apparent from the results on learning, speech functions and short term memory that Sound Therapy facilitates Central Auditory Processing. The ear is the end organ through which the auditory parts of the brain can be stimulated. The organised harmonic structure of classical music with its stimulating effect further enhanced by the Electronic Ear has proved an effective way to increase neural efficiency in processing sound.

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Meniere’s / Vertigo

Sound Therapy and Meniere’s/Vertigo

Meniere’s disease, a combination of vertigo, hearing loss and tinnitus, may be one of the most debilitating conditions a person can suffer from. Sudden dizzy attacks, often severe enough to cause nausea and vomiting, come unexpectedly and can incapacitate the sufferer for weeks at a time. Sound Therapy has brought welcome and lasting relief to many Meniere’s sufferers, and has been able to restore normal living to those who previously lived in horror of the unpredictable sense of spinning out of control which could be triggered by lifts, staircases, heights, and large gatherings.

Living with Meniere’s

In 1861 Dr Prosper Meniere, who was in charge of the Imperial Institute for Deaf Mutes in Paris , identified and described the condition now known as Meniere’s Disease. His description was this:

“A man, young and robust, suddenly without reason, experienced vertigo, nausea and vomiting. He had a state of inexpressible anguish and prostration. The face was pale and bathed in sweat as if about to faint. Often, and at the same time, the patient, after seeming to stagger in a dazed state, fell on the ground unable to get up. Lying on his back he could not open his eyes without his environment becoming a whirlpool. The smallest movements of the head worsened the feeling of vertigo and nausea.”

Not everyone experiences this extreme form of Meniere’s, but it is characterised by sudden and recurrent attacks. It is usually accompanied by tinnitus, low frequency hearing loss and a feeling of pressure in the affected ear. It is often associated also with sensitivity to loud sounds.

Although there are other forms of vertigo, true Meniere’s is caused by an increase in pressure on the fluids in the inner ear. Sound Therapy is quite effective in the treatment of this condition. See How does Sound Therapy help Meniere’s?

Meniere’s is caused by problems in the vestibular system, causing balance disorders as well as hearing loss, so by energising and stimulating the system, Sound Therapy usually gets good results with Meniere’s disease.

This also helps in the area of hearing loss, though in the case of Meniere’s disease what bothers people most is the loss of balance. For balance disorders Sound Therapy is quite effective. When the balance issue is resolved, people are generally not so concerned with the tinnitus or hearing.

Tomatis had a unique theory on how Sound Therapy helps to alleviate Meniere’s Syndrome. He believed that the excess pressure in the vestibular system (the semicircular canals) is caused by spasms or twitches in the stirrup muscle. The stirrup muscle is one of the middle ear muscles and its role is to regulate the pressure on the inner ear fluid. The footplate of the stirrup presses on the oval window, the membrane which separates the middle ear from the inner ear chamber. Therefore when the stirrup muscle goes into spasm, there is a sudden change in the pressure in the inner ear fluid, causing a disturbance like a sudden storm to pass through the semi-circular canals. This communicates to the brain via the vestibular branch of the auditory nerve, that there is sudden movement of the head, which gives the patient the feeling that the world is spinning or falling away beneath them. Tomatis explains that once the stirrup muscle has been rehabilitated with the regular exercise provided by the Sound Therapy program, it no longer goes into spasm and the Meniere’s attacks do not recur.

Information Sheet on how Sound Therapy can assist with Menieres/Vertigo

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Hearing Loss Symptoms and Relief

Sound Therapy and Hearing

Hearing is essential to our every relationship, social event, work meeting and our ability to be connected with, communicate and play a vital role in our families. Sound Therapy has helped thousands of people to hear more easily, improving relationships, reducing social stress and frustration, improving career performance, self esteem and enjoyment of life.

The problem of hearing loss

When a member of the family begins to lose their hearing, it is often the other members who notice it first and are most affected by it. Those who are losing their hearing often deny that it is happening and believe others are just not speaking clearly. Some early signs of hearing loss are difficulty hearing in a noisy room, known as Cocktail Party Syndrome, needing the TV turned up louder than everybody else, misunderstanding words or having to ask people to repeat themselves. One of the reasons for the denial, is that people may hate the idea of wearing a hearing aid.

Loss of hearing affects social participation more than any other sense. Language is our means of communicating with people so all aspects of life are affected including work, relationships, family, education and recreation. For many people this can be devastating, affecting their career, leading to lowered self esteem, reduced income, social isolation and reduced options in life. It is important to take steps to improve ones hearing ability both by using hearing aids, if appropriate, and with Sound Therapy which directly enhances the performance of the natural ear.

Sound Therapy offers a great alternative for several reasons:

  • It may eliminate or delay the need for hearing aids in mild cases of hearing loss
  • It tunes up high frequency hearing, making speech comprehension easier
  • It is a natural approach, improving the body’s own function rather than compensating with a device
  • For hearing aid users, Sound Therapy helps them to use their hearing aids more successfully. This is because it activates the ear muscles, improving the focusing function of the ear and improves central auditory processing. Some hearing aid users get such significant improvement from Sound Therapy that they no longer need hearing aids

Why does hearing deteriorate?

There are many contributing causes to hearing deterioration. Some of the more common ones are:

  • Cochlear damage due to prolonged exposure to loud noise.
  • Lack of high frequency sound to stimulate the ear.
  • Lack of good muscle tone in the middle ear, caused by stress or poor diet.
  • Psychological factors – inability to resolve personal issues and communicate.
  • Otosclerosis – overgrowth of the cochlear bone which results in fusing the stapes to the cochlea.

How does Sound Therapy help hearing?

Sound Therapy helps in three ways.

1. Exercising the muscles.

The middle ear contains two tiny muscles, the tensor tympani and the stapedius. Good muscle tone and flexibility is essential for the fine tuning of the middle ear mechanism. The alternating high and low frequencies cause the ear muscles to repeatedly tense and relax. This exercise restores muscle tone and improves the functioning of the whole ear mechanism.

2. Stimulating the cilia.

On the Sound Therapy tapes the low frequency (low tone) sounds are progressively removed and the high frequencies are augmented. These high frequency sounds stimulate the cilia (the fine, hair like sensory cells in the inner ear). Where the cilia have been flattened by too much noise, the high frequency sound stimulates them to return to their upright position. This restores the person’s hearing in the high frequencies.

3. Psychological opening.

Hearing is sometimes closed down to some extent for psychological reasons. Sound Therapy encourages resolution of psychological issues by reintroducing high frequency sound and re-creating the pre-birth experience of sound. As the psychological issues are resolved, the person can allow themselves to open to the full range of hearing.

For more information on the Sound Therapy program it is recommended that you read the book:

Sound Therapy: Music to Recharge your Brain,
by Patricia and Rafaele Joudry.

Research and Media


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