The field of sound therapy was pioneered by the French ear, nose and throat specialist, Dr Tomatis in the late 1940s when he discovered that he could repair the damaged hearing of opera singers and factory workers by playing to them the sounds they could no longer hear. He discovered the link between the ear and the voice and discovered that by improving the way we listen, he could dramatically improve learning, balance, coordination and posture as well as communication and creativity. Listening is very different to hearing – listening is an active process we can choose to do while hearing is passive and automatic. As the ear and brain becomes receptive to high frequency sounds, energy and performance increases and a feeling of wellness becomes more common. While sound therapy is relatively new in many countries, it has a long tradition in Europe.
There are now many forms of sound therapy marketed in New Zealand under various names:
Music based auditory retraining
Sound Therapy uses specially recorded classical music and nature sounds to retrain the way you process sound and the way you listen. It educates and exercises your ear and brain to focus on those sounds which are useful to you and to filter out those that are not. It can restore the ability to hear frequencies which may have become diminished through ear infections or loud noise exposure.
How can Sound Therapy benefit you?
By restoring the “lost” frequencies and improving the way you listen to yourself and the world around you, this therapy can improve the way you experience life by:
Improving communication, written language and spelling
Improving singing, public speaking, stuttering or poor vocabulary
What does sound therapy involve?
You listen to the specially recorded music through headphones for a short period each day. You can listen while you do a wide range of non-intensive activities such as quiet playing, arts and craft, fine motor activities or low impact exercises like walking or just relaxing. You can listen in any quiet place with a CD player and headphones.