Sound Sense the Wellness Blog

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Steps to Survive the Excessive Sounds of the Holiday Season

     December Holidays can be exciting, wonderful, exhilarating, and energizing for most people.  However, for those who cannot tolerate the excess of sound, this time of year is overwhelming, depressing, anxiety provoking, and makes some people ‘sick’.  What can those few survive this season?

    If you follow The Davis Model of Sound Intervention’s concepts, you learn that the ear is our global sensory processor (for more detail go to Sound processed through the ear is not just a hearing function, but a brain function.  When it passes through the ear, the other parts of the inner ear–vestibule and semi-circular canals–are also vibrationally stimulated.  All three parts of the inner ear can trigger sensory overload, so excess sound can create irregularities with vision, sense of touch, sense of smell and sense of taste, as well as what might be expected with hearing. For some, nausea is felt. The trick is to balance all three parts of the inner ear to minimize the impact of the excessive sound stimulation of the Holiday Season.

   How is this done?  Here are a few steps that may help.  Be aware that because each person’s sound energy is unique and different, that these steps will only help when that person’s specific imbalance is related to that step. (The Davis Model of Sound Intervention uses a diagnostic evaluation to determine which issues are most pressing and works towards diminishing those issues with sound-based therapy).  These steps can be modified and used for adults and children.

   1) Before going into a stressful situation such as a family gathering, school group situation, a noisy mall, etc,make sure you have a good half hour of ‘quiet’.  This brings balance to the body before being subjected to sensory overload.

   2) Before entering a stressful situation, take 5 minutes and jump up and down in a stationary place. By stimulating or balancing the other portions of the ear, the effects of sound exposure can be minimized. This should also be done upon leaving that same stressful situation.

   3) Before entering an area of excessive sound, a shoulder massage, a hand massage, an arm massage, and in some cases a foot massage can help the person through the stress.  This is also helpful after leaving the situation.

   4) Chewing gum or sucking on a piece of candy may help the person through the stressful situation because it is supporting a balance in the inner ear to process the excess.  For some, munching on h’orderves for adults or perhaps small crackers for children has the same effect.

   5) Practice “Ototoning” before entering the stressful situation.  This technique supports a balancing of the person’s vibrational energy before having stressful energy imposed upon the body.  For additional information about this technique go to

Hopefully you’ll find these steps helpful to get you through the Holidays if you or any of your family are affected by excessive sound.  Happy Holidays!Image


Introduction to The Davis Center

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