Hearing is essential to our every relationship, social event, work meeting and our ability to be connected with, communicate and play a vital role in our families. Sound Therapy has helped thousands of people to hear more easily, improving relationships, reducing social stress and frustration, improving career performance, self esteem and enjoyment of life.
The problem of hearing loss
When a member of the family begins to lose their hearing, it is often the other members who notice it first and are most affected by it. Those who are losing their hearing often deny that it is happening and believe others are just not speaking clearly. Some early signs of hearing loss are difficulty hearing in a noisy room, known as Cocktail Party Syndrome, needing the TV turned up louder than everybody else, misunderstanding words or having to ask people to repeat themselves. One of the reasons for the denial, is that people may dislike the idea of wearing a hearing aid.
Loss of hearing affects social participation more than any other sense. Language is our means of communicating with people so all aspects of life are affected including work, relationships, family, education and recreation. For many people this can be devastating, affecting their career, leading to lowered self esteem, reduced income, social isolation and reduced options in life. It is important to take steps to improve ones hearing ability both by using hearing aids, if appropriate, and with Sound Therapy which directly enhances the performance of the natural ear.
Sound Therapy offers a great alternative for several reasons:
- It may eliminate or delay the need for hearing aids in mild cases of hearing loss
- It assists with hearing in a noisy room, whereas hearing aids often make this worse
- It tunes up high frequency hearing, making speech comprehension easier
- It is a natural approach, improving the body’s own function rather than compensating with a device
- For hearing aid users, Sound Therapy helps them to use their hearing aids more successfully. This is because it activates the ear muscles, improving the focusing function of the ear and improves central auditory processing. Some hearing aid users get such significant improvement from Sound Therapy that they no longer need hearing aids
Why does hearing deteriorate?
There are many contributing causes to hearing deterioration. Some of the more common ones are:
- Cochlear damage due to prolonged exposure to loud noise.
- Lack of high frequency sound to stimulate the ear.
- Lack of good muscle tone in the middle ear, caused by stress or poor diet.
- Poor Central Auditory Processing, see Cocktail Party Syndrome
- Psychological factors – inability to resolve personal issues and communicate.
- Otosclerosis – overgrowth of the cochlear bone which results in fusing the stapes to the cochlea.
How does Sound Therapy help hearing?
Sound Therapy helps in three ways.
1. Exercising the muscles.
The middle ear contains two tiny muscles, the tensor tympani and the stapedius. Good muscle tone and flexibility is essential for the fine tuning of the middle ear mechanism. The alternating high and low frequencies cause the ear muscles to repeatedly tense and relax. This exercise restores muscle tone and improves the functioning of the whole ear mechanism.
2. Stimulating the cilia.
In the Sound Therapy music the low frequency (low tone) sounds are progressively removed and the high frequencies are augmented. These high frequency sounds stimulate the cilia (the fine, hair like sensory cells in the inner ear). Where the cilia have been flattened by too much noise, the high frequency sound may stimulate and reactivate them to restore responsiveness. This has been found to enhance hearing perception in the high frequencies.
3. Psychological opening.
Hearing is sometimes closed down to some extent for psychological reasons. Sound Therapy encourages resolution of psychological issues by reintroducing high frequency sound and re-creating the pre-birth experience of sound. As the psychological issues are resolved, the person can allow themselves to open to the full range of hearing.
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