Listening involves more than the ears, it involves the brain.

Enhancing brain plasticity with audio stimulation. Good ear brain performance is essential for us to be able to communicate, to be oriented in space, to have balance and coordination, for spoken and written language, for family relations and a myriad of other daily functions. These functions are controlled by the way our brain processes sound.  

Sound Therapy uses classical music that has been filtered through a device that uses specific algorithms and activation filters so that it becomes a concentrated program to stimulate the entire auditory pathway, from the eardrum to the auditory cortex.

 

Six Elements of Ear and Brain Performance

HEARING – Sound Reception

The ability to convert external air vibration into an electro-chemical signal that reaches the brain. For sound to be perceived accurately requires a healthy functioning of several parts of the ear. The middle ear has bones and muscles for vibration and tuning. The inner ear has tiny receptor cells which resonate to different frequencies.

Sound Therapy introduces complex tones and high frequency rich sounds (above 8000KHz) which encourages the brain to improve the ears responsiveness. While hearing aids make sound louder only Sound Therapy can actually improve the way we process sound.

AUDITORY MAPPING – Sound Perception

Auditory mapping is the patterns we learn to recognize though repeated firing of certain groups of neurons in the auditory cortex. Sound only makes sense to the degree that the brain can perceive the sounds it receives. Ear damage, brain injury or head injury can lead to hearing distortions which may results in confused sound perception or tinnitus (ringing/noise in the ears). This means the auditory maps are faulty and the brain is not accurately perceiving sound. 

Sound Therapy causes neural firings in the complex patterns which engage many different sensory and perceptive areas such as the auditory cortex, hypothalamus, and limbic system. This encourages change, enabling the auditory mapping to become more accurate and useful.

BALANCE – Spacial Awareness

Our balance depends on our perception of the movement or angle of the head. The vestibular system is part of the ear, so ear health also affects our balance. The fluid in the inner ear chambers is affected by muscle spasms or blockages in the ear.

Sound Therapy promotes rehabilitation of the muscles of the middle ear and Eustachian tube, along with remapping of the perceptual pathways that can assist to relieve certain forms of ear related dizziness and vertigo. 

BRAIN ENERGY – Focus

Focus and concentration require sufficient energy in the brain for neutrons to fire at a certain speed, sequence and intensity. The brain is recharged by sound, Dr. Tomatis (the ear doctor who first developed Sound Therapy) said the brain needs 3 billion stimuli per second for four and a half hours per day in order to function at maximum potential.

Sound Therapy provides high frequency sound, which is the most efficient type of sensory input to stimulate the brain because the sound is registered at all three levels of the brain – the brain stem, mid brain and cortex. Use Sound Therapy during study or creative work to optimize your brain’s performance.

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE – Happiness

Several brain centres are involved in how we feel and keeping our moods stabilized. Music affects our moods through rhythm, melody and harmony. Sound Therapy has great complexity in these threes areas, leading to the engagement of various brain centres. Stimulation of certain centres in the left pre-frontal cortex has been shown though EEGs to lift the mood, causing feelings of peace, serenity and optimism.

Regular Sound Therapy has been found to help resolve emotional memories linked to early auditory experience in the womb or childhood. As the neural pathways are opened the higher frequencies and better sound processing, emotional trauma associated with old models of auditory processing can be released. 

LEARNING – Auditory Processing

To learn we must be able to efficiently process words and letters, whether through writing, speaking or thinking. If our auditory processing is inaccurate, sounds do not reach the brain in the right order. Left ear dominance leads to confusion, as sounds first go to the right hemisphere and then have to cross over to the left hemisphere to reach the main language processing area. This fractional delay can cause dyslexia (word reversals) or stuttering. If the speed of auditory processing is slow, children (or adults) will have trouble keeping up with language.

Sound Therapy improves right ear dominance and opens the perception to high frequencies, increasing the speed and accuracy of language abilities. 

History of Sound Therapy

The use of Sound Therapy for healing goes back many centuries as sacred chant in India and Tibet, and by all major religions.

In the 1950s and 1960s Sound Therapy, or Audio Psycho Phonology (the psychology of speech and hearing) was developed by the French ear specialist, Dr. Alfred Tomatis in France. Working first with singers and patients with industrial deafness, he then extended his field to include children with auditory processing problems related to dyslexia or autism.

Tomatis demonstrated that while ear and brain performance can be damaged by noise, it can also be improved by the right sort of sound.

In the 1980s Patricia and Rafaele Joudry developed the Sound Therapy system for use on portable audio equipment. Since then our understanding of brain plasticity has developed Sound Therapy in new directions. The method has been applied by thousands of individuals and professionals to relieve ear related disorders that are affecting communication, stress, hearing and balance. 

When using the self training Sound Therapy programs it is simply a matter of listening, through headphones, during daily activities or sleep to low volume music which reconditions the auditory system. 

Sound Therapy for Children

An easy home-based program to stimulate brain function and learning.

Sound Therapy is an ideal treatment for all children and can be easily used at home or in the classroom. Sound Therapy improves listening, learning and communication. Simply by listening through earphones to specially filtered music and stories, the child’s auditory processing system is enhanced. The program is valuable for a child’s development, just as physical movement, spinning, swinging and co-ordination skills are important. Sound Therapy is like exercise for the ear and the auditory processing and sensory integration centers in the brain.

Whether your child is developing and performing normally, is exceptionally gifted, or is experiencing some kind of learning or developmental difficulties, Sound Therapy can be a valuable support.

  • Accelerate Potential / Gifted Children
  • ADD & ADHD
  • Auditory Processing
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Downs Syndrome
  • Dyslexia
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Pre-Natal Listening & Parents
  • Sensory Integration
  • Speech Development and Sound Therapy

Sound Therapy improves overall hearing and listening abilities, which assist with learning, reading, writing and communication skills. When these areas are addressed, behaviour often changes. Sound Therapy stimulates the ear and the brain to improve concentration and auditory discrimination, meaning accurately perceiving each part of the sound or word. Simply by listening to the specially filtered stories and music the children may overcome many learning and language problems.

LISTENING IS MORE THAN HEARING – A child may have perfectly good hearing, but not be able to listen well. Listening involves what is called Auditory Processing. This means the ability for the brain to make sense of what the ear hears. Starting Sound Therapy with Young Children will help your child develop good language skills. 

 

Specific Learning and Developmental Problems

Sound Therapy has produced good results for children with the following conditions, among others:

  • Dyslexia
  • Attention Deficit & Hyperactivity Disorder ADD/ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Downs Syndrome
  • Speech Problems- Dyspraxia, Stuttering

Sound Therapy for Adults

Brain Performance

Enhance your brain performance without drugs.

When the brain becomes inefficient or flawed in its processing of stimuli, numerous health issues will result, making everyday life difficult to manage. However, the brain is plastic, it can learn and change at any stage of life, and many functions can be recovered with the right stimulus. Direct sensory stimulation is proving effective in enhancing neural firing and mapping of information pathways.

Sound Therapy is an easy, efficient way to provide stimulus to improve brain performance and firing, re-patterning and integration. It can be used by anyone, at home, with minimal support and is very cost effective.

  • Adult Learning & Sound Therapy
  • Brain Damage
  • Creativity
  • Dementia
  • Epilepsy
  • Memory
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Music & Vocal Ability
  • Parkinsons
  • Schizophrenia
  • Stroke

Discover how to improve your ear function and get effective tinnitus relief.

If you suffer from tinnitus, ringing in your ears and other related hearing problems, then you’re not alone and you’re in the right place. Unfortunately every year millions of people just like you are told by their doctors that ‘you just have to live with it’. Tinnitus affects about 20% of the population. It’s a very stressful condition which causes sleeplessness, anxiety and stress as well as making it hard for you to hear.

Tinnitus results when your brain pathways become over-reactive after suffering damage to your hearing system. The sound of tinnitus is generated by brain cells in your auditory pathways firing repetitively.

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

If you struggle with any of the following, then you can likely benefit from Sound Therapy:

  • Tinnitus
  • Hearing
  • Dizziness / Meniere’s / Vertigo
  • Background Noise Discrimination
  • Blocked Ear / Sinus / Pressure Ear
  • Sound Sensitivity
  • Nutrition for the Ear

Think of it as a ‘gymnastics program’ for your middle and inner ear. Sound Therapy may help many dysfunctions of your ear that you’ve gotten used to over the years.

    Conditions Sound Therapy may help.

    Sound Therapy has been found to produce benefits for certain individuals in the following areas:

    • Auditory Processing
    • Attention Deficit & Hyperactivity Disorder ADD/ADHD
    • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
    • Balance
    • Blocked Ears, difficulty equalizing pressure
    • Brain Damage
    • Cocktail Party Syndrome – Auditory Zoom processing background noise
    • Chronic Fatigue
    • Chronic Pain
    • Composing, Comprehension, Conceptualizing
    • Coordination
    • Depression
    • Dizziness, light headedness
    • Downs Syndrome – better learning, behaviour, communication
    • Dyslexia
    • Ear Infections
    • Epilepsy
    • Emotional Stability (anger, anxiety -> focus, inner calm)
    • Hearing Loss
    • Hyperactivity
    • Insomnia
    • Jet Lag
    • Learning Difficulties/Delays
    • Memory
    • Migraine
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Otosclerosis – osteoporosis of middle ear bones
    • Parkinson’s tremor
    • Phantom Pain
    • Schizophrenia
    • Sinus Problems
    • Sound Sensitivity
    • Speech Problems- Dyspraxia, Stuttering
    • Stroke Recovery
    • Tinnitus
    • Wax Blockage in Ear

     

    Many Iisteners experience changes in the first week and these may continue for several months.

    With the purchase of a player, there is no reoccurring cost to continue the training.
    Lorrie offers progress follow ups at 2 weeks, 6 weeks and 3 months.

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