Healthy Sound Practices Podcast


Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Michael Seng on the Oneness Approach podcast. During our conversation, I explained the harmful effects of noise pollution and how we can use sound to heal, reduce stress, anxiety, the effects of ASD and other health problems.

Listen in by following this link to learn what healthy sound practices you should incorporate into your daily routine to reduce stress, increase focus and improve your listening skills.


What Makes Your Heart Sing?

Bruce Cryer

Since starting the Sound Brain Fitness Teleseminar Series just over a year ago I’ve been fortunate to have a roster of valued guests on the program discussing sound, music, and the brain. Together, my listeners and I have learned a great deal, but one area we have yet to delve into is the heart.

Some of the earliest recorded civilizations, including the Greeks, speak of the heart as harboring intelligence. Perhaps this is metaphorical by the standards of modern science, but there is a clear pathway of communication between the heart and brain which provides a theoretical foundation for exploration of this thesis.  The people of the HeartMath organizations are champions of the philosophy that the heart, physically and metaphorically, is the key to tapping into an intelligence which can provide us with fulfillment.

This idea has intrigued me since the time a friend introduced me to The HeartMath Solution when it came out nearly 15 years ago.  I have several friends who evangelize the use of HeartMath techniques and devices (see EmWave) for calming and stress regulation. These are highly effective biofeedback methods which integrate beautifully with The Listening Program® music listening therapy protocols. Combined they are a gentle yet powerful channel for transformation.

Next Wednesday, September 4th at 8:00 pm Eastern I’ll be exploring matters of the heart with global thought leader Bruce Cryer of HeartMath HealthCare for a special teleseminar, What Makes Your Heart Sing: Essential Catalyst for an Inspired Life. Register

“What Makes Your Heart Sing” is a question many people around the world are asking themselves to find inspiration, meaning, purpose, and alignment with their soul’s passion for life. Are you doing enough of what inspires you and if not, what is getting in the way?

Hear the uplifting story of how inspirational speaker, Global Director of HeartMath Healthcare, and co-founder of What Makes Your Heart Sing Bruce Cryer’s awakened the power of inspiration in his own life.  Join us for this special episode and learn how to:

  • Identify sources of inspiration that are essential for optimal performance and creativity
  • Develop a deeper sense of presence and kindness for yourself and others
  • Understand and appreciate new reasons for creating balance and passion in your life
  • Develop the skills of personal resilience
  • Be inspired to bring music and the arts into your personal life and your professional environment

When? Wednesday, September 4th, 8:00 pm Eastern. The event is FREE, but space is limited. Register here.

Be Selfish

selfiSH: concerned excessively or exclusively with oneself : seeking or concentrating on one’s own advantage, pleasure, or well-being without regard for others.  Sounds bad right? Who in the world wants to be perceived as self seeking, without regard for others? It goes against everything we are taught growing up; which is to put others first.  However, the airline rule to put the oxygen mask on yourself first is with good reason. What good are you to others if you’re not breathing?

Parents naturally put their children and loved ones first. We worry if we take time for ourselves that somehow we are doing less for our family.  The truth is if you are not taking care of yourself, there is nothing left to give your children, spouse, or anyone else.

You know what it feels like when you’re not practicing good self care; tired, frustrated, and grumpy with a generally pessimistic perspective on life. No longer mindful, you disengage, physically present but mentally absent, the sky darkens, and you check out with burn out. You’re still breathing but barely.

Yet, when doing the things that make you feel great; energy is high, optimism abounds, you’re present, engaged, and checked in. Not just breathing, but happily giving oxygen to loved ones, accomplishing more with less stress.

This is an argument for being selfish. Take some time each day to practice good self care. Feed yourself with what makes you feel good. Exercise, meditation, reading, and rest nourish your mind, body and soul.

One way to feed yourself is through a listening practice. Take 15-30 minutes in the morning or evening to listen using The Listening Program®, acoustically-modified music which relaxes the body and focuses the mind. Those of you who already know what it means to “listen” in this context understand the value of the daily listening practice.

Whatever works for you just do it, be selfish; take the time to breathe life into yourself. The results will be evident.

Stress Response System in the Ear Protects Against Hearing Loss

The ear serves in part as an environmental monitoring system, sending the brain signals in response to vibrational input to understand the world around us; to move, learn, communicate, adapt, survive and thrive.

The middle ear is the gateway to a neural filtering system that helps us receive auditory information such as human speech and to simultaneously filter out unwanted sound or noise which can damage the delicate structures of the inner ear resulting in hearing loss, hyperacousis, stress, and a host of other problems. 

Many recognize the vital connection between the ear and body’s fight-flight response, which is physiologically linked from the middle ear to the vagal regulation system. The polyvagal theory of psychologist Stephen Porges provides a clear understanding of this mechanism. The Listening Program® with bone conduction technology is used in part as a training method to improve the function of this system.

Now a new in vivo study at Tufts University shows for the first time that there is a stress response system within the cochlea (inner ear) that mirrors the signaling pathways of the fight-flight response and protects against noise induced hearing loss. This is an exciting finding that further reveals what a marvel the auditory system is and the critical role it plays in our lives.

Read more about the Tufts study.