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Sound Therapy on National Television

The Circle – 21st March 2012

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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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Our Method

How was our portable method developed?

Patricia Joudry, a Canadian author underwent the Tomatis treatment in the late 1970s and experienced total relief of her chronic insomnia, exhaustion, writers block and the listening disorder for which she was first referred to the treatment, “The Cocktail Effect”, which is the inability to discriminate between different sounds in a noisy environment.

Joudry then linked up with some Benedictine monks in Saskatchewan who had trained with Tomatis specialists and were using his method in their special school. The monks offered their full support and facilities to Joudry to put out the Tomatis method on cassette for use with the Sony Walkman or another personal cassette player with a similar frequency response.

The Joudry method overcame the three major obstacles to widespread success for the Tomatis method, access, affordability and long term use. Rafaele Joudry’s book Sound Therapy Music to Recharge your Brain tells the full story of the development of the self help method and serves as an instruction manual for those undertaking the therapy. The first part of the book by Patricia Joudry was originally released under the title: Sound Therapy for the Walk Man. Later Patricia teamed up with her daughter, Rafaele Joudry and together they improved the product line and brought out the updated and fully revised book.

Rafaele Joudry has gone on to write other books, has trained hundreds of practitioners in the use of Sound Therapy and lectures constantly to community and professional groups around the world. Sound Therapy International, the company, is the culmination of the vision developed by Patricia and carried on by her daughter Rafaele Joudry to create enhanced listening around the world.

Once the Joudry Sound Therapy program came on the market reports started coming in of unexpected results. People reporting recovery from depression, insomnia, chronic fatigue, tinnitus and hearing loss. The longer term treatment made possible with the portable system meant results were being maintained and more benefits were being discovered.

Sound Therapy International was established by Rafaele Joudry to bring Sound Therapy to all those who need it. Our mission is Creating Enhanced Listening Around the World. Sound Therapy International has been serving the public since 1989.


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Practitioner Info

Sound Therapy is a self-help program that rehabilitates the muscles in the middle ear and stimulates the brain. The program has been successfully used by thousands of listeners over the past 15 years, with benefits in the relief of hearing loss, tinnitus, depression and anxiety, insomnia, ADD/ADHD and learning difficulties, amongst others.

Practitioners Group ShotWe believe Sound Therapy is a leading edge technology. Interest and popularity are steadily growing in this exciting area of health, and the Joudry method makes this modality simple, affordable and portable. It is an efficient system to add to existing treatment programs. It enhances your client’s treatment, often speeding results and addressing areas that have proven to be difficult to address with other modalities.

Practitioners are invited to join us in making this modality available by promoting and offering it through their clinics. Our user-friendly information resources make it easy and efficient for you to introduce Sound Therapy to your clients.

You may also wish to undertake our Practitioner Training program, or to become a Referring Practitioner who simply lets your clients know about Sound Therapy. Alternatively you may wish to become a Distributor and offer our listening programs for sale through your clinic.

Sound Therapy Articles

Collection of articles on various topics involving sound therapy and the tomatis method.


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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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

To learn more about how Sound Therapy could help Meniere’s disease, request one of our Free Reports.

Improve your Ear with sound therapy

Sound Therapy is a unique program to enhance the performance of the natural ear. Unlike a hearing aid which simply magnifies the volume of sound, Sound Therapy impacts the natural ear with sound waves that stimulate and enhance the responsiveness of the ear itself. In addition, sound stimulation is provided to the whole auditory pathways from the ear to the brain. Due to neural plasticity, this enables the brain to become a more efficient processor of sound.

  • Hearing
  • Tinnitus
  • Meniere’s/Vertigo
  • Background noise
  • Blocked ear/sinus
  • Sound Sensitivity
  • Nutritional support

A gymnastic program working on the middle and inner ear, Sound Therapy may help many dysfunctions of the ear.


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