Sound Therapy on National Television
The Circle – 21st March 2012
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Sound Therapy was originally developed by the ear specialist, Dr Tomatis, who made some very important discoveries about the role that the ear plays in the health of our brain and nervous system. Tomatis specialised in education and took his method into the schools, where his porgram helped hundreds of children with dyslexia to learn to read. He also helped singers and people with industrial deafness. In later years his clinics focussed more on assisting clients to learn foreign languages.
Some years later, the Canadian author, Patricia Joudry, adapted the method into a portable porgram which she launched with her book, Sound Therapy for the Walk Man. Through the self help system, Sound Therapy became accessible all over the world. The long term treatment made possible by this method extended its effectiveness into the arenas of hearing loss, tinnitus and the long term treatment of many neurological and stress related disorders.
Since 1989 Sound Therapy International has been furthering the research and development of Sound Therapy through public education, research, practitioner training and technological advances.
To learn more about the research behind Sound Therapy, request one of our Free Reports.
Patricia Joudry, a Canadian author underwent the Tomatis treatment in the late 1970s and experienced total relief of her chronic insomnia, exhaustion, writers block and the listening disorder for which she was first referred to the treatment, “The Cocktail Effect”, which is the inability to discriminate between different sounds in a noisy environment.
Joudry then linked up with some Benedictine monks in Saskatchewan who had trained with Tomatis specialists and were using his method in their special school. The monks offered their full support and facilities to Joudry to put out the Tomatis method on cassette for use with the Sony Walkman or another personal cassette player with a similar frequency response.
The Joudry method overcame the three major obstacles to widespread success for the Tomatis method, access, affordability and long term use. Rafaele Joudry’s book Sound Therapy Music to Recharge your Brain tells the full story of the development of the self help method and serves as an instruction manual for those undertaking the therapy. The first part of the book by Patricia Joudry was originally released under the title: Sound Therapy for the Walk Man. Later Patricia teamed up with her daughter, Rafaele Joudry and together they improved the product line and brought out the updated and fully revised book.
Rafaele Joudry has gone on to write other books, has trained hundreds of practitioners in the use of Sound Therapy and lectures constantly to community and professional groups around the world. Sound Therapy International, the company, is the culmination of the vision developed by Patricia and carried on by her daughter Rafaele Joudry to create enhanced listening around the world.
Once the Joudry Sound Therapy program came on the market reports started coming in of unexpected results. People reporting recovery from depression, insomnia, chronic fatigue, tinnitus and hearing loss. The longer term treatment made possible with the portable system meant results were being maintained and more benefits were being discovered.
Sound Therapy International was established by Rafaele Joudry to bring Sound Therapy to all those who need it. Our mission is Creating Enhanced Listening Around the World. Sound Therapy International has been serving the public since 1989.
To learn more about the research behind Sound Therapy, request one of our Free Reports.
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.
We 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.
Collection of articles on various topics involving sound therapy and the tomatis method.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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 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.
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.
To learn more about how Sound Therapy could help Meniere’s disease, request one of our Free Reports.
“In addition to helping my tinnitus, the Sound Therapy has made another wonderful difference in my life. My balance, which was very unsteady, following ear operations 30 years ago, has completely recovered, and this is marvellous for me and my family.”
Wigan , England
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.
A gymnastic program working on the middle and inner ear, Sound Therapy may help many dysfunctions of the ear.
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Testimonials on tinnitus
“It was pure accident that I heard Patricia Joudry being interviewed on radio. The word tinnitus caught my attention, and I began the Sound Therapy. My tinnitus, which my doctor said was incurable, was cured after several weeks of 3 hours a day listening. I had tinnitus for two years – and it was SHEER HEAVEN when it stopped – not to have incessant ringing in my ears . It also gives me a sense of well being. I am lending the book to my doctor!”
” In addition to helping my tinnitus, the Sound Therapy tapes have made another wonderful difference in my life. My balance, which was very unsteady, following ear operations 30 years ago, has completely recovered, and this is marvellous for me and my family.”
“Before I began using the Sound Therapy tapes my hearing was becoming progressively worse. Ear specialists told me it was caused by nerve damage, therefore there was nothing which could be done for me. They said the ringing in my ears would become louder as time went on, thereby reducing my ability to hear. I purchased an ‘in the ear model’ hearing aid after I found their predictions to be correct. My hearing did indeed deteriorate. I found I had to wear the hearing aid more and more as time went on, to a point where I was wearing it 80% of the time.
After about 3 weeks of beginning the Sound Therapy, the ringing in my ears began to subside. Along with that my hearing also began to improve. One day I felt something almost like a minor earthquake taking place deep within my ears. Since then my hearing has improved to such an extent that I seldom have to use my hearing aid. I am able to function quite well without it now, after 7 months of Sound Therapy.
To list a few of the other benefits from this therapy: I am able to sleep better and can do with much less sleep than previously required. I am doing less needless worrying, and stressing situations are much easier to cope with than they were before. In fact my entire well being is showing a vast improvement.”
“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.
Then I heard about Sound Therapy. I bought the Sony Walkman ä and tapes. Now, four months later, I have no light-headedness and dizziness, and the ringing in my left ear has gone. The hearing in my left ear has also improved. I can’t express how much Sound Therapy has done for me. 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.”
” In the early part of 1989, I began to suffer from Tinnitus and only by mid 1989 had received medical advice that nothing could be done about it. I read the Sound Therapy book from cover to cover at least four times, and each time put it down – convinced that it was just too good to be true.
I mentioned it to a member of our local library, who told me that her daughter was using the tapes and “.wished that she had started 2 years earlier.” So I decided to try them, without any great hopes or expectations.
I had been listening for approximately 100 hours when I suddenly became aware that the Tinnitus whistle had stopped – I wasn’t sure WHEN it stopped – but it had. Since then I have periodically been aware of the whistle but by relaxing my head muscles for about 2 minutes – it disappears.
About the same time I noticed distinct improvement in hearing to my left ear – there had been noticeable loss in that ear for about 3 years.
I had a client who served in the Royal Navy during the last War – in Gun turrets on board ships in action. His hearing was affected to the extent that one had to raise ones voice when conversing with him. After my hearing improvement I started talking to him about Sound Therapy – and eventually found him with his Walkman and tapes. A few weeks later I received a phone call at 11 p.m. one evening. It was my client – and his message was that “.I thought I would ring and let you know that I have just heard my wife’s Microwave ‘BEEP’ for the first time.” ’nuff said!
I do not know what response others will get from the tapes. I can only say that I have been VERY, VERY satisfied.”
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.
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 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.
Sound Therapy has certainly made a great difference to the enjoyment of my life. My ears and I are very grateful.
I suffered from Tinnitus for several years until it reached the stage where it was difficult to go to sleep . I consulted a doctor who advised that there was nothing that could be done to cure the problem. My wife then bought me a set of four of your Sound Therapy tapes. After several months the annoyance had abated considerably and for years now I haven’t the slightest sign of it returning.
Thanking you for your incalculable assistance in the past.
“It’s a wonder! Your sound therapy has helped really. One morning, it was the 22 nd of August, I suddenly noticed that the noises on the left ear had gone . I switched on the television to look if the speakers words are more clearly, and they were. I couldn’t believe and knocked on wooden things – Germans do that to make sure that a situation will stay long. I didn’t tell Jurgen but the whole day I put the buttons in and off the ears to make sure there are still no noises. Up to this day I have no noises in the left ear and can hear very well the whole day. At first (my doctor) wasn’t very interested. The audiogram tells him the truth. My left ear is as good as it has been before all the trouble began. He has never had a patient whose ears had become better again, when they had been as bad as mine.
Two week later.
I’m still happy, for the good success goes on. Now the right ear, too starts to get better. There are still noises but I can hear the music on a lower condition so by and by there changes something too.
Friends of mine often tell me, that I’m now again this person they have known before I became ill, though I thought I had never shown how desperate I was. They must have noticed it.”
When I was in the German army in January 1944, I had an infection of both inner ears and the Eustachian tubes. Because my temperature was only slightly elevated I was given a few Aspros. The greater part of the problem became chronic.
A year later I was a gunner in a light armoured car. During gunnery exercise there was a malfunction in the 2cm. Gun which caused some kind of explosion. Fortunately all the hatches were open, but I had little hearing or sense of balance for a few days.
The result of both incidents was tinnitus with a combination of sounds; a waterfall, ringing and static . My eardrums tended to feel sucked in, quite uncomfortable at times, often I could not pop them out when I blew my nose with nostrils blocked.
In 1979 a sinus condition developed which I blamed on the type of chalk I was using as a teacher. My singing tended to be out of tune. The range of notes became narrower. For many years I suffered from tiredness which I now attribute to some degree to the “low-frequency noise.”
In January 1987 I had encephalitis and myelitis endemic to the Murray Valley . At one stage the resulting symptoms were called the M.E. syndrome: chronic lack of energy; diminished long-term and short-term memory, self inflicted stress, pronounced sensitivity to variations in atmospheric conditions.
After two months of Sound Therapy (330 hours) this is my assessment:
Sinus condition has improved gradually and is about 80% better in general.
Eustachian tubes improved about 50%
Left ear, much lighter noise of a higher pitch, almost pleasant compassed with the original noise. Congestion far less, about 70% better.
Right ear; very slight ringing, higher pitch , some congestion left, about 90% better.
Hearing in general has improved. All the sounds are crisper. At the dentist the “new” crisp sound of the drill nearly made me happy.
Singing: during walks along the open road, there is a “resonance space” again in my head, singing is in tune again and I can correct a wrong note.
Deep refreshing sleep. Requirements shortened by 1-2 hours.
Energy seems to have increased, I find it easier to start something, have a bit more go.
Memory has improved slightly. Words of some forgotten songs have come back and dialling a phone number is a lot easier.
Generally speaking, I feel that a considerable change has been going on within me and apparently still is.”
“Looking back over past years, I have come to the conclusion that somewhere in my childhood, I closed off my hearing level to a point where the darkness of retreating eventually overcame my ability to want to hear.
…by the time I was 35, I had passed through some of the most disastrous years of my young life. About that time I contracted an industrial disorder where industrial noises repeat in the hearing long after the noise is out of range. Within the next four years, I made an appointment (out of sheer frustration) with a specialist who performed a stapedectomy.
I say categorically, no person should be subjected to this dangerous treatment before being alerted to the alternative treatment which sound therapy provides.
I was always mentally drained, the numbness was still there and there seemed something pressing on the ears which affected my ability to hear. My doctor shrugged his shoulders and said the audio test was the same as that taken about four years ago.
I commenced sound therapy in January 1991. After about 200 hours of listening everyday.I noticed some changes, headaches diminished, tiredness fading, less restless sleep. Shoulder and back pain reduced, posture improved, better sense of direction of sound, improved sense of balance. Hearing improved, fuzzy noises in ears not so apparent.
Previously, trying to talk to a group of people in a room was nearly impossible, and a one on one conversation always brought signs of rejection, when everyone else thought that they were not part of the conversation.
I have now clocked up 444 continuous days for a total of 2043 hours, and now average about 3.5 hours per day. You don’t have to be sick to gain benefit. One very noticeable benefit is the correlation between resonance in the voice and the ear. If you can hear better, you can speak better.
Noises in the ear, (by the way aggravated by an operation) at times now reduce to zero. I am not embarrassed by noisy locations, or entering into casual conversation. Sometimes there is pain in the ears, but this soon passes. The reduced need for sleep, about six hours per night, is sufficient and does not interfere with what may have been necessary previously.
Being able to express thought better, do not tire easily – more energy, posture improved, mental alertness, self confidence, better concentration, more relaxed – but alert, some dizziness – soon passes.
There is no doubt in my mind, the findings of Dr. Tomatis are widespread, with outside noise levels discharging our energy and childhood problems being carried into adult life..a great deal of credit must go to Patricia Joudry for her effort in making the treatment available.”