New Research Article: The Listening Program Effective In Reducing Auditory Sensitivities In Children

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Yesterday our team at Advanced Brain Technologies announced the publication of a peer reviewed journal article that discusses the unique properties of the acoustically modified music of The Listening Program®. The article also includes a review of the research on the effectiveness in its use for significant improvements in children’s listening, auditory processing, educational abilities, and as treatment to reduce auditory hypersensitivity.

Published in Music and Medicine an interdisciplinary journal, the article Use of Acoustically Modified Music to Reduce Auditory Hypersensitivity in Children appears in Vol 11, No 1 (2019) is authored by Jay R. Lucker, Professor of Communication Sciences at Howard University and myself.

Some children cannot tolerate sounds so their systems “shut down” and stop taking in what they hear, or they fight not to listen or run away from listening situations. Research has demonstrated that the underlying problem is not with the children’s auditory systems, but with the connections between the auditory system (listening) and the emotional system leading the children to have over sensitivities to sound and respond with negative emotional reactions when listening.

 

One treatment which is found effective in helping children with hypersensitive hearing feel safe and comfortable, is the use of specially recorded and acoustically modified music and sound, known as The Listening Program (TLP), which we produce at Advanced Brain Technologies. The recorded music and sounds are carefully chosen and systematically produced to enhance positive emotional and calming reactions during listening. The listening method uses specially recorded instrumental music. The music is acoustically modified to lead the child to react less negatively to sounds and, thus, reduces the child’s hypersensitivity while opening the auditory system to listen more effectively. The article provides a full description of this music listening therapy method which has been used successfully for 20 years.

Following a regiment of daily listening to the TLP music protocol for 15- 30 minutes through headphones, research has demonstrated significant improvements in listening (called auditory processing) and educational performance as noted by greater focusing and listening in the classroom, improvements in educational performance on standardized measures, and greater participation in educational activities.

The Listening Program offers a safe, enjoyable and effective solution for children and adults who exhibit hypersensitivities to sound including those on the autism spectrum, with sensory processing issues, concussions and more. This paper provides detailed information to help the reader understand how the music is created to have the specific effects it does, and to appreciate that TLP is more than music, and how this neuroscience-based music listening therapy uniquely stands apart from other audio-based methods.

The Listening Program is available exclusively through Advanced Brain Technologies and our international network of thousands of trained providers; occupational therapists, audiologists, physicians, speech and language pathologists, psychologists, other clinicians and educators in schools, hospitals, clinics, companies, the military and offering home-based interventions throughout the world. TLP programs are available for use on digital music players and as a subscription-based music streaming service for mobile devices.

Learn more about The Listening Program

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Consolari

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Alex and Mandy Doman with Swati Dlamini Mandela

If you are a frequent reader of my blog, you’ll know I don’t post much these days. The past year and a half has been dynamic, with a project which will become visible in the future. It is a wonderful time of exploration and creation and I’m proud of what is emerging.

To keep my focus on this project I have had to cut back on writing, my podcast, speaking engagements, meetings, etc. And yet, some opportunities you just have to say YES to!

A few weeks ago my friend Jamie Pabst invited me to participate in what turned out to be an amazing experience. This past Friday I spoke at and participated in a round table discussion for the Consolari Concert Hall. Consolari is a non-profit in Arizona, that will take physical form as a world-class concert hall and campus which promises to touch many lives as a destination for inspiration and healing through the transformative power of music, education, and community.

The vision for Consolari is that of our hosts Christi Worsley and her husband Senator Bob Worsley, that has grown out of the tragic loss of a grandson, and their family’s discovery of the power of music to heal. Often beauty emerges from tragedy.

I was honored to be joined by my wife Mandy Doman who runs Advanced Brain Technologies with me as we shared space and discussions with a room of thoughtful leaders from the worlds of business, policy, finance, music, design, health, and education, each bound together with no cultural or religious boundaries in a forum of infinite possibility.

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Alex and Mandy Doman

It was exciting to share our work and vision for global health through music with this group in a panel discussion with friends Jamie Pabst and Erin Matlock as well as Professors Alex Ruthmann from NYU Music Experience Design Lab and Roger Mantie of ASU.

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Panelists Alex Doman, Erin Matlock, Jamie Pabst, Prof Roger Mantie (Prof Alex Ruthmann not present for photo)

One highlight was getting time with Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter Swati Dlamini Mandela who delivered a heartfelt keynote to the group. Given the focus on music we were also entertained by 17 year old piano virtuoso Jarom Martineau performing a piece  by Rachmaninoff, and GENTRI, The Gentlemen Trio who delivered an inspired three part harmony of Amazing Grace.

Looking forward to our continued involvement in Consolari and sharing this incredible venue with you when it takes form in Phoenix. Special thanks to Jamie Pabst, Senator Bob and Christi Worsley, Amy Church Contreras, Mandy Doman, Erin Matlock, Alex Ruthmann, Roger Mantie, and the other wonderful souls we shared the day with.

Full Access to inTime Video Series

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During the launch of inTime earlier this year we were very honored to have The Rockefeller University host us in their Science and Lecture Series for inTime: Intercultural Rhythms, Music, Sound and Science.

The event was a panel discussion with fellow inTime producers Sheila Allen, Nacho Arimany and me, moderated by neuroscientist Dr. Kamran Fallahpour. Following the panel inTime music composer and multi-instrumentalist Nacho Arimany treated us to an incredible concert of his original world-music compositions.

Why am I sharing this with you now? Well, our friends at Ferro Productions and Attitude Post filmed and edited the event into a 15 part video series for us at Advanced Brain Technologies. And I’m thrilled to share it is now available with full access for your online viewing!

You can watch the Introductions (Part 1) here, then go on to view the other 14 parts at your leisure!

I certainly hope you enjoy the series and learning more about inTime , a rhythm-based music listening method developed to influence brain performance and to stimulate changes in focus, rhythm & time, and stress response.

Reboot Your Brain Event: Neuroscience of Sleep is Today

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The Reboot Your Brain Free Online Summit started on Monday and is capturing the interest of people worldwide learning cutting edge ways to upgrade their brains!

My session Neuroscience of Sleep starts TODAY, Wednesday, October 16th at 12:00 Pacific. Over 40 million adults have chronic issues with sleep. If you are one of them please join me. I’ll explain why you may not be sleeping at night and will give you neuroscience’s recommendation for catching some healthy zzz’s.

There’s still time to register and listen for free! The broadcast will be available for 24 hours. 

NEUROSCIENCE OF SLEEP

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013 starting at 12pm Pacific/3pm Eastern

Having trouble with your sleep? Over 40 million adults have chronic issues with sleep. CEO of Advanced Brain Technologies, Alex Doman, explains exactly why you can’t sleep at night and gives us neuroscience’s recommendation for catching some healthy zzz’s.

– See more at: http://rebootyourbrainevent.com/event-page/#sthash.bdk0ram4.dpuf

If you hurry you may still be able to still catch Dr. Rory Stern’s session on ADHD. Also, watch for Dr. Siegfried Othmer discussing Neurofeedback this Friday the 18th! All the other presenters are amazing, but these two are friends for whom I have immense respect, so I wanted to make sure you knew about them.

Thank you to Brain Pages and Erin Matlock for organizing this event and inviting me to contribute. What a gift!

Please comment here or on Facebook after listening to my session if you have any thoughts or questions!

Off to Monterrey, Mexico

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Tomorrow morning I’m off to Monterrey, Mexico to present at III Congreso Internacional Neurociencia y Aprendizaje hosted by Universidad Tecmilenio and our Mexican Representatives Sonica. I really enjoy my biannual trip south of the border where I receive such warm greetings from my good friends! If you’ve traveled to Monterrey you know how amazing the locals are. The mountains are beautiful and remind me of home (Ogden, Utah). Yet, another draw is the regional food which is muy excellente! Every tried Cabrito?

I’ll be instructing a TLP Provider Certification Course with simultaneous Spanish translation with Leon Flores, MD, Gaby Urdiales and Sheila Allen on the 10th and 11th. The 12th is the main conference open to the public where I’ll be presenting on our auditory-vestibular sleep technology in the morning.  Late afternoon I’ll be joined by my collaborators Sheila Allen and Nacho Arimany for our two-hour program titled Intercultural Sound and Music: A Novel Rhythmic Approach for Improving Brain Function.

One unique aspect of the TLP Provider Certification Course we are offering is that we’ll have about one hundred psychology and education students from the university attending in addition to their instructors and other professionals. That makes for a big group! It certainly will be an interesting challenge (opportunity) to teach a course that we generally cap at forty on that scale! Wish us luck…

REBOOT YOUR BRAIN- Neuroscience for Better Sleep

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My friend Erin Matlock, and the team at Brain Pages, have created a unique, life-changing online event called REBOOT YOUR BRAIN. Over 20 premier researchers, physicians, psychologists, authors and experts will show you cutting edge ways to UPGRADE YOUR BRAIN.

The event starts October 14th.  I’m honored to be included among the esteemed panel of presenters discussing Neuroscience for Better Sleep on Day 3. Are you or a loved one among the over 40 million American adults suffering from a chronic sleep disorder? If so, please join me as I explain why it may be you can’t sleep at night. I’ll also be providing neuroscience based recommendations for catching some healthy zzz’s.

And the best part is — the event is completely FREE to everyone who registers.
Check out this list of speakers and reserve your spot right now!