Sound Therapy (extended version)

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A more detailed look at the history and mechanism of the portable self-help Joudry Sound Therapy listening program, including the history, how it rehabilitates the ear and stimulates the brain, and how it is used.

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Sound Therapy (extended version)

  1. 1. Sound Therapy: Natural Hearing Improvement Simone Carot Collins Sound Therapy Consultant
  2. 2. A little about me <ul><li>Lost 10% of my hearing due to ear infections </li></ul><ul><li>By age 14, had noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus from loud music </li></ul><ul><li>Completed 2 science degrees at UWA </li></ul><ul><li>Used Sound Therapy in 2003 (aged 26) – hearing improved & tinnitus gone! </li></ul>
  3. 3. A little about me <ul><li>Completed Sound Therapy practitioner training in 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Trained in other natural therapies from 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>Became primary distributor for Sound Therapy in WA in late 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Continue to use Sound Therapy as a preventative measure </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is Sound Therapy? <ul><li>A listening program developed by an ENT specialist in France </li></ul><ul><li>Uses specially filtered classical music to rehabilitate the ear and stimulate the brain </li></ul><ul><li>Different to other music therapies as the sound has a physiological effect on the ear and brain </li></ul><ul><li>A portable program that can be used by anyone, anywhere </li></ul>
  5. 5. How was Sound Therapy developed? <ul><li>Dr Tomatis (1920 – 2001) first worked with singers </li></ul><ul><li>He found that if they couldn’t hear a sound, they weren’t able to sing it </li></ul><ul><li>He designed the “Electronic Ear” to manipulate frequencies to help alter one’s auditory curve </li></ul><ul><li>By correcting hearing with the Electronic Ear, he restored the missing sounds to the voice </li></ul>
  6. 6. How was Sound Therapy developed? <ul><li>Consistent treatment with the Electronic Ear over a certain period of time modifies hearing and speech permanently </li></ul><ul><li>Fluctuating sounds alternating between highs and lows give the ear muscles a gym work out </li></ul><ul><li>This tones the muscles, which helps them work properly </li></ul>
  7. 7. How was Sound Therapy developed? <ul><li>Tomatis discovered a psychological component to hearing </li></ul><ul><li>We can choose to shut out sounds we don’t want to hear </li></ul><ul><li>Founded the study of Audio-psycho-phonology </li></ul><ul><li>A foetus begins to hear at 4½ months </li></ul><ul><li>The foetus listens to the mother’s voice while still in the womb </li></ul>
  8. 8. How was Sound Therapy developed? <ul><li>Tomatis wrote 14 books and many articles </li></ul><ul><li>Named Knight of Public Health of France (1951) </li></ul><ul><li>Awarded a Gold Medal for Scientific Research (1958) </li></ul><ul><li>Tomatis method is used in over 200 centres worldwide </li></ul><ul><li>Numerous research studies </li></ul>
  9. 9. How was Sound Therapy developed? <ul><li>In the 1980s, Patricia Joudry was treated at a Tomatis Clinic in Montreal </li></ul><ul><li>It improved her insomnia, exhaustion, sound sensitivity and writers block </li></ul><ul><li>Patricia produced a portable, self-help version of the listening program </li></ul><ul><li>Her daughter Rafaele founded Sound Therapy International, based in NSW </li></ul>
  10. 10. How it helps the ear <ul><li>3 tiny bones – first to develop in utero: hammer , anvil and stirrup </li></ul><ul><li>Smallest & densest bones in the body </li></ul><ul><li>Hearing is a vital sense to a foetus </li></ul>
  11. 11. How it helps the ear <ul><li>2 muscles: tensor tympani & stapedius </li></ul><ul><li>Allow us to tune in to sounds we want to hear </li></ul><ul><li>Sound Therapy tones these muscles </li></ul><ul><li>High frequencies stimulate hair cells in inner ear </li></ul>
  12. 12. How it helps the brain <ul><li>High frequency sounds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Are needed by the brain to function properly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Replenish and restore our energy levels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are found in nature </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Low frequency sounds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Deplete our energy levels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Surround us on a daily nature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emitted by vehicles, machines, appliances </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. How it helps the brain <ul><li>Increased energy levels </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Good for chronic fatigue sufferers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reduced stress levels </li></ul><ul><li>Better quality of sleep </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Overcomes insomnia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fewer hours of sleep needed </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Sound Therapy and Hearing Loss <ul><li>Assists with hearing in a noisy room – hearing aids often make this worse </li></ul><ul><li>Tunes up high frequency hearing , making speech comprehension easier </li></ul><ul><li>Improves the body’s own function rather than compensating with a device </li></ul>
  15. 15. Sound Therapy and Hearing Loss <ul><li>“… My hearing was becoming progressively worse. Ear specialists told me it was caused by nerve damage, therefore nothing could be done… My hearing has improved to such an extent that I seldom have to use my hearing aid.” – D. Stuckel </li></ul><ul><li>“ I was fitted with hearing aids. After several months the tinnitus in the right ear was so strong that the aid was useless… For eight months I persevered with the treatment. In the last three months I realised my hearing had improved so that I can now do without the aids. I have the hearing of a woman of 40 – I’m 87!” – G. Irwin </li></ul>
  16. 16. Sound Therapy and Tinnitus <ul><li>Tinnitus is a noise heard inside the ear that no one else can hear </li></ul><ul><li>It is neurons firing from internal, not external, stimuli: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Damage to the cilia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fluid imbalance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hyperactive brain cells </li></ul></ul><ul><li>No conventional treatment for tinnitus </li></ul>
  17. 17. Sound Therapy and Tinnitus <ul><li>The movement in the ear muscles caused by Sound Therapy can rebalance the fluid in the inner ear </li></ul><ul><li>Brain cells are calmed </li></ul><ul><li>Flattened cilia may be stimulated to regain their upright position </li></ul><ul><li>Triumph Over Tinnitus offers other treatments plus chemicals to avoid </li></ul>
  18. 18. Learning and speech disorders <ul><li>Many of these disorders are auditory reception problems – they can’t make sense of what they hear. </li></ul><ul><li>Another problem is confused laterality . A time delay in sounds going from the left ear to the right brain and then the left brain can cause stuttering or dyslexia. </li></ul><ul><li>Sound Therapy produces right ear dominance </li></ul>
  19. 19. How do you use it? <ul><li>Requires a portable player with headphones </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Doesn’t take any time out of your day </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Volume is kept very low </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You can still hear everything around you </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Do some listening with a hearing aid in, and some without it </li></ul>
  20. 20. How long does it take? <ul><li>3 hours a day for adults </li></ul><ul><li>30 mins a day for children </li></ul><ul><li>Average time for significant change is 3 months </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hearing and tinnitus can take much longer (6+ months), but usually some change is evident in that time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Time required varies from person to person </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Nutrition for the ear <ul><li>Environmental toxins contribute to poorer health </li></ul><ul><li>We need 60 minerals a day to maintain good health </li></ul><ul><li>Antioxidants are also important </li></ul><ul><li>Use toxic-free home and personal care products to minimise exposure to harmful chemicals </li></ul>
  22. 22. How much does it cost? <ul><li>Younger Children's Program : $299 3 music & story albums on Mini </li></ul><ul><li>Older Children's Program : $399 5 music & story albums on Mini </li></ul><ul><li>Listening Foundation Program : $599 4 music albums on Mini or Ultra Light </li></ul><ul><li>Family Program : $999 13 music & story albums on 3 Minis </li></ul><ul><li>All progams come pre-loaded on a high fidelity player with high quality heapdhones, and include workbooks and ongoing support </li></ul><ul><li>Payment plans available </li></ul>
  23. 23. Research Study <ul><li>I am conducting a study to measure any changes to hearing after 300 hours of Sound Therapy </li></ul><ul><li>There is a cost of $599 to participate, purely to cover costs of the tests and equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Includes 2 hearing tests & Listening Foundation program on Mini with high quality headphones </li></ul><ul><li>Participants keep all the equipment afterwards </li></ul>
  24. 24. For more information <ul><li>Books are available for $24.95 each </li></ul>Or visit www.soundtherapyperth.com

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