Sound Therapy Research Summary

Sound Therapy International aims to raise world wide awareness so that all associated specialties and professions will include Sound Therapy in their recommendations. A summary of the science of the Tomatis method and ongoing sound therapy research is given here, references included.

Background on Sound Therapy Research

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.

The Tomatis Method

As his initial concern was with hearing loss, Tomatis’ 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 where there is a scotoma are heard at a lower level. 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 formed his first law: “The voice contains only those sounds that the ear can hear.” This discovery was given official recognition in 1957 by the French Academy of Science as the “Tomatis Effect.” In 1958 Tomatis’ invention, the Electronic Ear won a gold medal for scientific research at the Brussels International Exposition.

The Self Help Method

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. This is known as “The Cocktail Effect”, which is the inability to discriminate between different sounds in a noisy environment.

Patricia and her daughter, Rafaele Joudry, then released the self help Sound Therapy audio program along with their book: Sound Therapy: Music to Recharge your Brain. Rafaele has since published two further books entitled Triumph Over Tinnitus and Why Aren’t I learning?

Research Results

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

Tinnitus, hearing and associated problems

Jordan (1989) treated between two and three hundred people who had been seen by an ENT specialist and told that nothing could be done for their tinnitus. He undertook a clinical study and reported that for the majority of patients Sound Therapy alleviated their tinnitus to the point where they were able to enjoy life a lot more. Some of the younger patients achieved total remission and as they were not on any medication there were no apparent contributing factors other than the Sound Therapy. A number of Jordan’s patients also reported an improvement in their hearing.

Joudry, (1994) conducted a three year survey of 388 respondents where 45% to 100% of subjects showed symptomatic improvement in tinnitus, hearing loss, stress, fatigue, sleep problems, learning difficulties, speech problems, depression, headaches, jet lag and general well being. 93% of subjects observed some positive results in at least one area.

Reading and behaviour

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

Rintel and Rintel (1995) conducted a study in Brisbane in 1995 using the Joudry Sound Therapy program on children in a remedial learning program. An experimental and a control group were used, each consisting of seven children. Five normed tests were administrated to the children. The general trend was that the experimental group advanced faster than the control group in Distractibility, Overactive behaviour, Reading improvement, Left/right confusion and Misinterpretation of questions.

Bell, (1991) ran a case study using the Joudry program on a Year 2 boy with delayed development who showed improved social behaviour and began to read.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Intellectual disability

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

REFERENCES

  1. Bell, E. An Ethnographic Report and Evaluation of the Implementation of Audio­Psycho-Phonology (Sound Therapy) in the Support of Timothy. Griffith University Thesis (unpub.) 1991.
  2. Joudry, P. and Joudry, R. Sound Therapy: Music to Recharge your Brain. Sound Therapy Australia, Sydney 1999
  3. Joudry, R. Sound Therapy Manual for Practitioners, Sound Therapy Australia, Sydney 2000
  4. Jordan (1989), personal correspondence, cited in Joudry, R. Sound Therapy Manual for Practitioners, Sound Therapy, Sound Therapy Australia, Sydney 2000.
  5. Rintel, E and D. Sound Therapy for the Learning Disabled Child: The Effect of High Frequency Filtered Music on Listening and Learning Ability. Brisbane, 1995.
  6. Sandislands, M. The Tomatis Listening Training Program: A Quasi-Experimental Field Evaluation, International Journal of Special Education 1989
  7. Stutt, Howard A. The Tomatis Method: A Review of Current Research. McGill University, 1983.
  8. Tomatis, A.A. The Conscious Ear. Station Hill Press. New York, 1991.
  9. Ivan Jaarsveld, P.E. and du Plessis, W.F.
  10. Audio-psycho-phonology at Potchefstroom: A review. Potchefstroom University of Higher Education, 1988.
  11. Wilson, B.C., Iacoviello, J.M., Metlay W., Risucci D., Rosati, R. & Palmaccio, T., Tomatis Project Final Report. The Listening Centre, Ontario,1992.

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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).

To learn more about the research behind Sound Therapy, request one of our Free Reports.

How Sound Therapy Improves learning

Active listening and learning

Early in his research, Dr Tomatis discovered that the results of hearing tests varied greatly depending on the subject’s motivation to demonstrate a good or bad level of hearing. He discovered a voluntary, though unconscious element to our ability to hear. Listening means that we direct our ears to actively tune in to selected sounds.

Sound Therapy re-educates the selective ability of the ear, enabling listening to become a focused, motivated response to sound.This level of listening has the ability to re-map and re-program the way our brain deals with sound – which has a profound effect on the way we learn.

Our auditory sense is the most profound of all our sensory systems in terms of its influence on brain function and daily performance. While brain function can be improved through training and education, another, easier and possibly more fundamental method of improving brain function is through sound stimulation.

To learn more about how Sound Therapy helps learning, request our free report, on Sound Therapy and learning.

 

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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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.”

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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.”

Auditory Neurology That May Support The Tomatis Theory and other Auditory Intervention Techniques

By: George B. Richards, PhD

Presented to Audioloical Society of Australia Conference Brisbane 2003

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. (Figure 1)


(Figure 1)

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) (Figure 2)


(Figure 2)

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)


(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)


(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)

REFERENCES:  

  • Hughes, John G. (1998) The “The Mozart effect on Epileptiform Activity. Perceptual and motor skill, Vol.86 P 835
  • Klochoff. Impedance Fluctuation and a “Tensor Tympani Syndrome”, Proc 4th International Symposium on  Acoustic Impedance measurements Lisbon Sept.25-28 1979 Universidad Nova de Lisboa Ed Penha and Pizarro pp 69-76
  • Pickles, Brainstem Auditory Nuclei chapter 6 and Centrifugal Pathways chapter 8 (l988) [online] Lecture presented by Dr. Robert H. Mannell Department of Linguistics Macquarie University, Sydney Australia. http://www.zainea.comThe %20Brainstem%20auditory%20Nuclei.htm
  • Porges, Stephen (2003), The sound Connection Vol. 6 No. Society for Auditory Intervention Techniques (P.O. Box 4538, Salem, OR 97302, USA)
  • Rauscher, F., Shaw G., Ky K. (1995) Listening to Mozart Enhances Spatial-temporal Riasoning: Towards a Neuropsychological Basis. Neuroscience Letters, Vol: 185, Issue: 1, Feb. 6, 1995 pp. 44-47
  • Roederer, Juan G. (1994) The Physics and Psychophysics of Music (pg 13 and 53) Springer-Verlag 1995
  • Weeks, B.S., The Therapeutic Effect of High Frequency Audition and Its Role In Sacred Music In T.M. Gilmore, P. Madeule, and B. Thompson (Eds.), About the Tomatis Method, Ontario, Canada: The Listening Centre Press