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.

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25 Ways to Rewire Your Brain for Good

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Science has given us great insight into the brain, and this knowledge has lead to innovative techniques, solutions and treatments.

It has also shown us that the decisions we make now will directly impact our health and vitality as we age.

This is why it’s more important than ever to stay on top of the latest research.

Right now, you can register for a complimentary pass to Brain Summit, an online conference produced and hosted by my good friend Erin Matlock.

25 global experts have come together to present cutting edge information on brain health, mental health, peak performance, neurotechnology, nutrition and much more. And’ I’m fortunate enough to be among this esteemed group of presenters.

You can attend these sessions from your couch, office or your local coffee shop. All you need is an internet connection and either a computer, tablet or smartphone.

This year’s summit is chock full of critical training on topics including the gut-brain connection, biohacking, peak performance, anxiety, depression, longevity, spirituality, neurofeedback, neuroscience, self-improvement and much more.

And as a bonus for registering, you’ll have access to three LIVE panel discussions where you can directly ask the guest experts your questions and get the answers you’ve been searching for.

Click here to save your virtual spot.

Here’s a look at the sessions:

Kurt Othmer: The Power of Neurofeedback

Learn how to use non-invasive neurofeedback to train your brain to function more efficiently.

Alex Doman: Using Music To Rewire Your Brain

Learn how scientifically designed music can reorganize your brain leading to better focus, emotional strength and communication.

Jim Kwik: Super Charge Your Memory

Join resident memory expert and brain trainer to Hollywood A-Listers, Jim Kwik, as he shares the latest tips and techniques to power up your brain.

Trudy Scott CN: The Anti Anxiety Food Solution

How to use specific amino acids and foods to balance your moods, control cravings and ease anxiety and depression.

Rick Hanson PhD: Hardwiring Happiness

Learn how to use brain science to achieve contentment, calm and confidence. You’ll quickly use good moments to build a great brain full of happiness, ease, comfort and self worth.

Sarah McKay PhD: Attention, Focus and Habit Change

Oxford educated neuroscientist, Dr. Sarah McKay brings you the latest research you can use to make lasting change in your brain.

Max Lugavere: Hacking Diet For A Better Brain

#BREADHEAD filmaker Max Lugavere talks blood sugar, grains, intermittent fasting, exercise and biohacking.

Drew Ramsey MD: Key Nutrients That Fuel Brainpower

Discover the Key Nutrients That Fuel Brainpower, Boost Weight Loss and Transform Your Health

Jim Hardt PhD: Peak Performance Through Alpha Wave Training

Achieve new levels of performance, creativity and emotional renewal by using neurofeedback to control your own brain activity.

Mike Meinke: A Musician’s Journey Through Mental Illness

Take an intimate look at the downward spiral and one man’s unique way out.

Hyla Cass MD: Naturally Optimize Your Mind, Mood And Energy

Integrative and natural psychiatrist Dr. Hyla Cass shows you how to optimize your mind, mood and energy by using a drug free, natural approach.

David Haase MD: Tapping Into The Power Of The Mind Body Connection

How to sort through information overload to find the wellness blueprint that is uniquely destined for you.

Amy Morin LCSW: The Keys To Becoming Mentally Strong

Straight from the therapist’s couch, learn how to create habits that lead to deep and automatic emotional strength.

Duilio Menghini: The Life Changing Power Of Forgiveness

How do we forgive those who’ve hurt us so we can free ourselves to live life to the fullest?

John Mekrut: Transforming Ourselves With Technology

Discover how neurotechnology can give us insight into our truest sense of self.

Debbie Hampton: Creating Surprising Purpose From Brain Injury

Learn how to take a devastating loss and turn it into a life of strength and purpose.

Julia Roy: The Smarter Path To Higher Productivity

Learn how to leverage your brain’s natural inclination for performance and productivity at work.

Here’s the link to register now.

And here are the expert panels:

Live Expert Panel #1

Ask The Psychologist

Dr. Drema Dial, Dr. Julie Nelligan and Dr. Stuart Silberman will be live to answer your questions and discuss topics related to behavior, mood, performance, resilience and fulfillment.

Live Expert Panel #2

The Future Of Neurotech

Adam Goyer, John Mekrut and Erin Matlock will be live to answer questions about the future of the industry, marketing and ethical considerations.

Live Expert Panel #3

Ask The Child Expert

Sheila Allen MA, OT, Mariam Herrmann MA, BCET and Pat Mattas RN, CP – BC will be live to answer your questions and discuss topics related to child behavior, education, motivation and life challenges.

Remember, the free broadcast begins this Monday, May 2nd. Sign up today and secure your spot.

Each session will broadcast completely free for 23 hours so no matter where you are in the world, you can choose a time to view them that is convenient to you.

And if your schedule is too busy to attend the broadcast sessions, you can own the videos, audios and transcripts so you can view them at your leisure or review them at a later date. There is an extreme early bird sale going on right now which is 50% off the already low retail price. So, be sure to check that out.

I really enjoyed my interview for the Brain Summit and am looking forward to learning from this amazing group of people. And I hope you’ll join us!

Here’s the link to register one more time.

Autism and Auditory Hypersensitivity: Hope for Relief

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Helping individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) achieve their greatest potential has been something close to my heart throughout my career. This interest has lead me in many directions including; research, developing scientifically optimized music for brain training, conference presentations, board positions in autism organizations, and writing.

One of my questions has been why do people with ASD so frequently demonstrate behaviors related to sensory over responsitivity (SOR), specifically auditory  hypersensitivity, also called hyperacousis and misophonia? This is a condition that touches not just the majority of individuals with autism, but many others including the so-called “neurotypical”. Sound hypersensitivity can be absolutely debilitating. It is heart-wrenching to see a child or adult suffer pain or perception of pain from everyday sounds.

In the quest to help, I’ve been so fortunate that Dr. Jay R. Lucker of the Department of Communication Sciences at Howard University and I share this interest. For years we have collaborated on research related to this phenomenon. Our first joint article on the topic “Auditory Hypersensitivity and Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Emotional Response” was published in Autism Science Digest in 2012. We then wrote an extensive follow-up to the Autism Science Digest article which is a deeper exploration into the neural mechanisms involved in auditory hypersensitivity which was just published in the peer reviewed journal Autism Research and Treatment.

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Professionals working with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may find that these children are overly sensitive to sounds. These professionals are often concerned as to why children may have auditory hypersensitivities. This review article discusses the neural mechanisms identified underlying hypersensitive hearing in people. The authors focus on brain research to support the idea of the nonclassical auditory pathways being involved in connecting the auditory system with the emotional system of the brain. The authors also discuss brain mechanisms felt to be involved in auditory hypersensitivity. The authors conclude with a discussion of some treatments for hypersensitive hearing. These treatments include desensitization training and the use of listening therapies such as The Listening Program.

If you are a parent of a child with autism, caregiver, educator, or therapist who is touched by someone with autism, or you yourself are on the autism spectrum I do hope this latest research article provides some answers, and hope for relief from over sensitivity to sounds.

 

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.

Which brain areas are involved in music listening?

One of the more common questions we field about The Listening Program® (TLP) is “which brain areas are involved in music listening? I thought I’d take the opportunity to explore this a bit with you here at The Brain Understanding Itself.

The brain is musical; neuroscience has proven through functional brain imaging that when we listen to music, virtually the whole brain is involved.

Music listening not only involves the auditory areas of the brain, but also engages large-scale neural networks including; prefrontal cortex, motor cortex, sensory cortex, auditory cortex, visual cortex, cerebellum, hippocampus, amygdala, nucleus accumbens, corpus callosum, autonomic nervous system, vestibular system, and the enteric nervous system.

TLP helps conduct the neural symphony, connecting the most ancient parts of the brain to the most advanced.

If you are not already familiar with TLP it is an easy, pleasurable and effective method to improve your brain health and performance.  Here’s a great video with clients and professionals who have made  listening a daily practice to help with brain injury recovery, autism, reading, learning, attention, peak performance, wellness and more.

Areas of brain focus The Listening Program is designed to challenge and advance: 

Executive Function
Executive function is an umbrella term for a set of high-level mental processes that control and regulate other abilities and behaviors. They include the ability to initiate and stop actions, to monitor and change behavior as needed, and to plan future behavior when faced with novel asks and situations. Executive functions allow us to anticipate outcomes and adapt to changing situations.

Examples: attention, memory, behavior, organization, time management, self control

Communication
Communication is your ability to exchange information, thoughts, and opinions through verbal and written expression including speech, language, voice and writing; as well as non verbal expression such as gesture, facial expressions, and body language.

Examples: verbal comprehension, oral & written communication, voice quality, reading comprehension, understood by others, understanding body language

Auditory Processing
Auditory processing is your ability to understand and make sense of what you hear. Difficulty processing auditory information can have a negative impact on learning, thinking, communication and relationships.

Examples: listening, following verbal directions, focusing with background noise, comfort with sound, understanding tone of voice, sound discrimination

Social & Emotional
Your ability to relate to others, manage emotions, resolve conflicts, understand and respond to social situations is impacted by your social skills and emotional intelligence.

Examples: self-confidence, compassion, social interactions, interpersonal relationships, mood regulation, conflict resolution

Stress Response
Your body and brain is hard-wired to react to stress to protect you against threats, whether real or imagined. But, if your mind and body are constantly on edge because of excessive stress in your life, you may face serious health problems. That’s because your body’s “fight-or-flight reaction” — its natural alarm system — is constantly on.

Examples: stress reduction, relaxation, less overwhelmed, lower tension, better sleep, reduce nervous habits

Motor Coordination
Motor coordination is the harmonious functioning of body parts that involve movement including: gross motor skills such as walking, skipping, running and throwing; fine motor movement such as handwriting, buttoning a shirt, and keyboarding; and motor planning, the ability of the brain to conceive, organize and carry out purposeful movements.

Examples: balance, body awareness, coordination, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, activity level

Creative Expression
Your ability to express yourself creatively involves original & open thinking, imagination, problem solving, and movement to create something new and/or respond to opportunities.

Examples: musicality, opening thinking, visual arts, creative writing, innovation, problem solving

Based on sound science, The Listening Program® music trains the brain to improve how you perceive, process and respond to the flood of sensory information in our environment today. This leads to personal growth helping you to live a happier, productive, and more fulfilling life.

To learn more please free to visit http://advancedbrain.com or give us a call at +1.801.622.5676

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TLP Provider Certification Course Training Guide

Today is exciting for me. Why? Well, I get the opportunity to instruct occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, audiologists, and neurodevelopmental specialists in our new TLP Provider Certification Course curriculum! What’s better is that I’m joined by one of our adjunct faculty members Allison Tanner, and we’re instructing it in the comfort of our Ogden, Utah training center with the support of our amazing Advanced Brain Technologies team. This kicks of our 2013 US course schedule, but my next course location is Bogota, Colombia in just a couple weeks.

I get so much from these courses. What is most gratifying is the knowledge that with each new provider we train we are touching more people with The Listening Program®, and are that much closer to realizing our vision of making sound brain fitness universally attainable to everyone. I hope your day is going to be as great as mine!