Sound Sense the Wellness Blog

presented by Dorinne Davis

Sound Therapy is more than Listening Therapy

I began this discussion in 2005 before I developed The Davis Model of Sound Intervention℠, before I realized that my work was in ‘energy medicine’, before I realized that my work had discovered a previously unknown subtle energy system, and before I realized that spontaneous otoacoustic emissions could be used as bioidentifiers for our body’s wellness challenges.  I feel it is time to reintroduce the idea.


The original discussion talked about how ‘Auditory Integration Training’ was initially wrongfully (in my opinion) used as the term to cover any type of sound-based therapy being used in the United States. This term became one to avoid in the 1990’s and early decade of the 2000’s. Those who chose to lump all sound-based therapies together in their own way meant well, but their discussion was derived out of not knowing or choosing not to know the underlying principles of the various therapies making their way into use.  They assumed as did most (and most still do) that ‘sound’ involved one’s underlying sense of hearing, and that all sound is ‘heard’ by the ear.

Then the term “Listening Therapy’ was introduced as a more acceptable term for some of the sound-based therapies because people put on headphones and listening was assumed. Webster’s definition of ‘listen’ says ‘to make a conscious effort to hear’.  Listening then means consciously tuning into what they hear.  Hearing is a passive activity.  You hear whether you are aware of the sound or not.  Listening is active.  You have to tune into what you hear. You do not have to hear or listen to sound-based therapies for change to occur although for some, listening is beneficial to the results.

 When using any of the various sound-based therapies within The Davis Model of Sound Intervention℠, and because the approach utilizes the subtle energy system of The Voice-Ear-Brain Connection, the changes are happening at the cellular level, whether or not the ear heard the sound or whether the person was ‘listening’ to the program.  Sound as we know it today is processed at the brain, not the ear.  Yes, sound is heard with the ear but there are many sounds at the cellular level that the ear cannot hear which the brain does process.

 We process sound through air in the ear canal, but we also process it with our skeleton, our sense of touch, our soft tissue network, and through a web of interconnected cells all over the body.  Our body also emits sound.  Every cell emits and receives specific sound frequencies.  The underlying mechanical principle is known as Kirchhoff’s principle where the frequencies absorbed by a molecule are identical to the frequencies emitted by the molecule.  Everything has a cycle of vibration.  What all the sound therapies have in common are sound stimulation, not hearing or listening.  In fact, I coined the term ‘sound-based therapy’ over 10 years ago because each of methods all make change with the use of sound vibration as its basis.

Moving forward, while the many different sound-based therapies exist,  we should no longer label them as ‘auditory’ or ‘listening’ but rather as ‘sound’. I want us to prepare for the future.  Sound has been described as the medicine of the future, so let’s pave the wave and begin using the new term.  Let’s encourage research related to how sound vibration and sound-based therapies make change with how we learn, develop and maintain our health and wellness.  Pass it on.


©Davis 2013

Sound Processing is Not Sensory Responsiveness; It’s Mind/Body Responsiveness

When people hear the word ‘sound’, they assume that the ear is using the sense of hearing.  However, the brain is actually our sound conductor and works diligently to ensure that body’s response to sound is in balance, has the best rhythm, maintains the proper duration of sound, supports the best inflection, and keeps the entire body in tune.  The brain understands the cellular rhythmical patterns and knows when those patterns, or our body’s sound song patterns are in harmony with the body’s everyday functioning.  The brain and body work together to harmonize or balance how the body responds to what is taking place inside of it as well as to what is happening outside or around it.  The way we respond to sound works in a cycle of balancing the frequencies.

The brain turns the cellular frequency or vibrational codes that it processes into meaningful functional responses.  The input from the senses, whether they are hearing, sight, touch, smell, or taste, are only additional codes that the brain receives and processes.  All frequency codes should be considered as ‘sound’. These codes produce chords, overtones and/or harmonics of the sounds. The brain processes these sound frequency codes and their subsets in order to produce the body’s response.  The brain supports the body to maintain a level of body coherence or balance. So sound processing is more a mind/body response than a sensory response. Sound-based therapy supports balancing this responsiveness, especially as evidenced within the Voice-Ear-Brain Connection.