Sound Therapy: An Alternative Approach to Supporting Wellness for Seniors

Senior woman wearing headphonesWhen the term ‘Senior’ is attached to the generation of people within your age range, you know the time for ‘quality’ living is important! For myself, I want vitality, energy, an ability to keep on the go, clear thinking, and the health to keep going for many years. In today’s world, we are offered so many medical options. There are initials for just about any disorder, like GERD, OCD, COPD, PAD, and there is a medication for just about anything. Some of us, however, don’t want to be known by our disorder or symptoms, and don’t want to take pills unless absolutely necessary. Instead, seniors are searching for alternative approaches to maintain their overall wellness to support and/or complement the medical options.

Sound Therapy, specifically sound-based therapy as developed within The Davis Model of Sound Intervention™, is gaining more recognition because it is non-invasive and supports self-healing from within. In 2007, the National Institute of Health (NIH) reported that 38.3% of adults have used some form of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). These forms of alternative approaches are the fastest growing aspects of health care. Energy medicine is considered within these alternative approaches and sound-based therapy is a form of energy medicine.

The Davis Model of Sound Intervention™ includes 3 points important for helping seniors maintain and/or enhance their overall wellness balance:

  1. A subtle energy system exists between the voice, the ear and the brain which must be balanced to feel alive and well.
  2. Every cell in the body resonates and must be kept ‘in tune’.
  3. The ear through sound vibrational energy becomes our global sensory stimulator in order not to be overwhelmed with the surrounding environment.

Notice that ‘hearing’ is not being mentioned within this model, because our bodies process sound through our bone structure, our skin, our sense of touch, our cell structure and not just through our ears. Think of your body as a vibrating entity. Every cell resonates and gives out its own frequency. This sound is not one heard by the ear, but one that is processed in the brain. Imagine these cells as instruments playing a sound but each instrument is not in tune. Sound-based therapy will tune the instruments up so that the song of the body sounds (and functions) as beautifully as possible—your own Signature Symphony of Sound™. Within this symphony, is a newly identified subtle energy system called the Voice-Ear-Brain Connection®, similar to the subtle energy system known as the acupuncture meridian points. This body triad must have the sound energy resonating appropriately among them so that the person can feel like they are balanced and functioning well. While hearing loss that can come with aging can impact this Voice-Ear-Brain Connection’s balance, hearing loss itself does not stop the connection from being vital. Sound-based therapy can support overall wellness for seniors.

In a recent poll of senior women, some of wellness concerns expressed were related to longevity, anti-aging, vital health, brain activity, and physical endurance. Obviously their quality of life is important to them. Senior men’s wellness challenges are often related to their brain and body—maintaining clear, logical thought and avoiding male specific diseases.

So how can sound-based therapy, within the Davis Model, help seniors maintain or enhance their wellness? Sound-based therapy is not sound healing—a generalized body response to various rhythms and patterns to feel whole and alive. Nor is sound-based therapy ‘sound therapy’ per se, although it is a subset of ‘sound therapy’. Sound therapy incorporates the notes of the musical scale to create a response within the body.

For example, a Manhattan oncologist uses crystal bowls to help his patients. Sound-based therapy is more specific because sound wave energy is used with special equipment, specific individualized programs, modified music and/or specific tones or beats to make change within the body through the Voice-Ear-Brain Connection and at the cellular sound level. While any sound-based therapy can make change, The Davis Model of Sound Intervention uses sound-based therapy programs only when the need is identified from specific testing, and this model identifies the order of the programs when more than one is required to balance the body.

Sound-based therapy keeps the brain energized. By balancing the connection between the voice, the ear and the brain people feel more alive, think with better clarity, are able to express their thoughts better, and feel better physically. Most feel happier and sleep better. Movement and muscle support feels stronger. Because each cell resonates—giving out and taking in its own sound or frequency—the sounds of the cells function as mathematical combinations of predictable frequency relationships.

In other words, our body has many numerical algorithms which must be maintained. Through vocal and ear sound analysis, these unbalanced algorithms are identified and can be balanced with sound presentation. For example, a person with back pain may have certain back muscles go into spasm. Sound presentation can stop the spasm. It is not the disability or disease that is addressed; rather it is the sound energy patterns that are repatterned.

The only way to determine if sound-based therapy can help is by one of two initial steps: 1) through The Diagnostic Evaluation for Therapy Protocol (DETP®) which finds all areas of imbalance, or 2) through vocal analysis which determines which cells are ‘out of tune’.

Sound-based therapy as an alternative approach to maintaining senior wellness challenges works towards a self-healing approach from within the body. First the needed sound or sound programs are identified with testing and then the specific sound programs are introduced. Sound-based therapy will eventually become an important adjunct to anyone’s overall wellness regimen. The Davis Model of Sound Intervention is a good place to start.


About the Author:

Dorinne S. Davis, MA, CCC-A, FAAA, RCTC, BARA, is the President/Founder of The Davis Center, Succasunna, NJ.  She is the author of 4 books: Sound Bodies through Sound Therapy® (hailed as the primer for all sound therapies), Every Day A Miracle: Success Stories with Sound Therapy® (16 heartwarming stories of sound therapy successes), Otitis Media: Coping With The Effects In The Classroom (A teacher’s compendium of classroom activities and responses), and A Parent’s Guide to Middle Ear Infections (An informational book for parents).  She has written chapters in numerous other books.  She has demonstrated the scientific principles behind the Voice-Ear-Brain Connection in The Davis Addendum™ to The Tomatis Effect, and established The Tree of Sound Enhancement Therapy® from which her Diagnostic Evaluation for Therapy Protocol (DETP®) provides the correct administration of any sound-based therapy.  Ms. Davis is credentialed in 20 different sound-based therapies and her background as an audiologist, educator and sound therapist provides the foundation to The Davis Center’s unique Total Person approach, called The Davis Model of Sound Intervention™.  The Davis Center is considered the world’s premier sound therapy center and Ms. Davis is recognized as the world’s leading sound-based therapist.  She has worked with thousands of people, young and old, learning challenged and normal, making change with their response to sound using sound-based therapies. Her work going forward bridges the gap between sound healing and sound-based therapy with the introduction of a new concept called ‘Ototoning’ and her patented device called the “Ototoner”. Websites discussing her work are and


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