Benefits of Modulated Music
Music-based listening therapies are rapidly growing in popularity. Music-based listening therapies are shown to successfully improve a variety of different types of auditory processing skills along with other sensory processing skills. Based on the original work of Dr. Alfred Tomatis and Dr. Guy Berard, modulated music therapy uses alternating high and low pass filters to electronically alter different frequency bands in random intervals. As an added benefit, the modulated music session include an auditory attention task in which the listener is to respond to words presented randomly. As demonstrated by the use of auditory processing tests, modulated music sessions have been shown to specifically improve the following auditory processing skills:
- Auditory decoding
- Auditory closure
- Dichotic listening
- Auditory figure ground
- Auditory attention
In addition, modulated music sessions have also been shown to reduce auditory sensitivity to sounds and auditory defensiveness.
Modulated music sessions offer a passive listening exercise, which means there are no demands being placed on the individual. Simply listening to these sessions has been shown to promote auditory maturation, as well as vestibular and other sensory processing maturation.
Modulated music sessions are intended to be used as part of a "daily listening diet". Each session is approximately 20 minutes long and should be listened to once a day. It is recommended that modulated music sessions are listened to with the use of headphones. Music should be played at a soft comfortable level. Listening to loud music should always be avoided since listening to loud music can cause hearing loss.