Sound-based therapy: What is it? It is the specific use of equipment, programs, and sound to make change for anyone. How can sound help someone who has had a stroke or a brain injury? The Davis Model of Sound Intervention has been using specific sound-based therapies to help the survivors move forward with their every day functioning. The approach starts with a diagnostic evaluation that determines where the challenges most impact the person from a sound responsive position. The person then begins a protocol of therapies to help them The approach uses the developmental flow chart known as The Tree of Sound Enhancement Therapy® to determine the most important areas to address initially. Once the therapies begin, the body’s overall response to sound takes over as sound seems to stimulate the most needy area of the body first in order to make progressive change. The therapies make foundational change and support the body towards self-healing.
Along The Tree continuum, two levels of therapies more significantly help those with brain injuries: Listening Training Programs and Human BioAcoustics, yet other levels have also been important for others.
All Listening Training Programs have incorporated all of the underlying concepts first explored by Dr. Alfred Tomatis, a French Ear, Nose and Throat physician and psychologist. His actual method, known as The Tomatis® Method, is only one of these programs. EnListen® is also another approach to consider. These approaches stimulate the brain creating improved cortical changes. The body listens to sound via patented headphones that incorporate air and bone conduction of sound. These programs are thought to help with the processing of linguistic information. Stroke and brain injured patients have used these methods with varying degrees of success. One gentleman, as reported on the TV show, “Sightings”, started the Tomatis® Method after having a stroke. After a period of hard work, the gentleman developed the ability to communicate again. Stroke patients have been helped with varying degrees.
A second sound-based therapy that has been helpful to stroke patients is a newly emerging field called BioAcoustics. The voice, through a vocal analysis, presents a “holographic” representation of the body in the form of a voiceprint. This voiceprint represents a person’s “Signature Sound”. For stroke patients, both general well-being and muscle applications are beneficial. The well-being sounds work on enhancing the total body’s health, while the muscle applications work on the specific muscles affected by the stroke.
The wife of a DAVIS CENTER client reported, “There have been many subtle changes in my husband’s behavior, his attitude and his abilities, that to me indicate improved brain function and mental ability. My husband still has a long way to go but his improvements from these two sound therapies have made them a worthwhile addition to our rehab program and we will continue to use them.”
The mother of a 28 year old woman who had been in a car accident 8 years prior to coming to The Davis Center, said that the use of the specific sound-based therapies identified from the testing offered hope to her that her daughter may regain some of her previous skills. For the first time in 8 years, her daughter looked like she knew more of what was said to her and that she wanted to respond; yet wasn’t far enough along to try that. She also stopped drooling.
Over the years, The Davis Model of Sound Intervention has evolved into a process with more specificity. Previously the two mentioned therapies may have been the only approaches utilized but this model now knows that the initial Diagnostic Evaluation for Therapy Protocol (DETP®) must be utilized for maximum success. Each person’s injuries are individualized so that the therapies used should be targeted to their needs. Often the total results are better when the full person is evaluated. While many of the therapies are helpful, it is often the combination of therapies as evidenced from the testing that determine maximum change. These therapies simply help the body self-heal.