The History of Sound Therapy

Sound Therapy was invented by the pioneering ear specialist, Dr Alfred Tomatis, who devoted his life to developing the method. His initial work was with singers and he found he was able to restore missing frequencies to their voice by retraining their ears. He did this by filtering the voice or music through his Electronic Ear. The electronic ear alters frequencies of the voice or music to stimulate and activate your ears.

Tomatis later applied his method to children with learning difficulties, speech problems, and autism. He was able to help thousands of people improve their hearing, communication and learning. He also discovered that when people listened consistently to this highly filtered sound their energy levels, sleep quality and well-being greatly improved. He established a network of Tomatis therapy centres around the world.

In the 1980’s Patricia Joudry undertook Tomatis treatment in Montreal, Canada. She benefited so much from the treatment she was inspired to make the treatment available to a wider audience. She found a way to transcribe the high-frequency programs onto cassette tapes to play on Walkmans and portable cassette players. She was able to do this with the help of some Benedictine monks in Saskatchewan, Canada. They had been using and developing the Tomatis method themselves and also wanted more people to be able to benefit from the therapy. She wrote a book called “Sound Therapy for the Walk Man” which explained the therapy and helped bring it to a much bigger audience.

Patricia’s daughter, Rafaele, established Sound Therapy Australia in 1989 which later became Sound Therapy International. Rafaele updated the original book and it has since been re-published as “Sound Therapy: Music to Recarge Your Brain.” It is now in its 12th edition and is an international best seller! Patricia Joudry passed away in 2000, and Rafaele has continued the work her mother began – to bring sound therapy to as many people as possible.

Rafaele has since written two other books; “Triumph Over Tinnitus”, and “Why Aren’t I Learning?”. There have been additional therapy programs developed over the years to keep up with changes in technology. The therapy is now available on small digital players, allowing for excellent portability and ease of use.

Sound Therapy Internaltional offers educational and distribution programs for hearing and learning professionals whose clients benefit from Sound Therapy. There are hundreds of health professionals worldwide who use Sound Therapy in their own clinics and practices. Please contact our office on 1300 55 77 96 for details.