2.2.1 How is Sound Therapy different?
How different is it to the clinic based Tomatis treatment?
Sound Therapy is portable, affordable and easy. This makes it a highly effective long-term treatment, as long as the listener is motivated to listen consistently.
The results are the same. Therapists have compared our documented results to those from clinical treatment and found them to be totally equivalent.
The only difference is the motivation required to keep doing the listening with the self-help method.
The advantage of this method is the long term treatment which it allows. Many people find that the clinical treatment wears off after a while and it is very costly to keep going for top ups.
Patricia Joudry herself had this problem, which is why the self-help method was invented.
Why is Sound Therapy better than normal classical music?
Filtering and spectral activation means sound therapy builds ear muscle resilience and enhances brain plasticity.
While normal classical music is beneficial for relaxation, it does not have the progressive filtering or the processing with the Electronic Ear. It is the impact of the Electronic Ear and filtering, which causes the listener’s ear to be exercised, improving muscle function, stimulating the cilia and recharging the brain.
When these changes occur, we see the improvement to tinnitus, vertigo, sleep, speech, learning, hearing and a significant shift in the way the nervous system deals with stress.
Is it subliminal?
No, we don’t use subliminal messages, but you can listen passively, without paying attention to the sound.
No. Subliminal recordings work by reprogramming the unconscious with messages.
There are no subliminal messages on the Sound Therapy albums. It works physiologically on the ear, the brain and the nervous system to bring about real, physiological change.
Although you do not have to listen to it consciously, it is working physically on the ear to bring about changes in the ear and brain.
Why do we use classical music?
Classical music has the richest combination of melody, harmony and rhythm of any music ever written.
Dr Tomatis found that classical music was the most beneficial type of music for Sound Therapy. This is because classical music has three elements of complexity which are not found to the same extent in any other music. These are rhythm, harmony and melody.
These elements stimulate the brain and help it to work with more efficiency and harmony, thus having a soothing effect on the nervous system.
The rich development of harmony, in particular, meaning the way different notes sound when played together in a chord, is unique to Western classical music.
Classical music has been found to activate at least ten different brain centres at once, and this is why it has such a powerful effect on brain plasticity. Combine it with Sound Therapy and it really wakes up the brain.