So very often clients come to me, knowing that I am an audiologist and assume that what I am going to help them with is their hearing and/or related auditory skills. My background is as an audiologist and the foundation behind The Davis Model of Sound Intervention stems from my knowledge of audiology, as well as, my background in education and development. However, over the years, sciences including physics – particularly the physics of sound, metaphysics, biometrics and biology, and the concept of ‘energy medicine’ have all contributed to the foundation of my model. As a result, there is more to The Davis Model of Sound Intervention than ‘just hearing or auditory skills’. The therapies are introduced along the continuum of The Tree of Sound Enhancement Therapy® initially identified from The Diagnostic Evaluation for Therapy Protocol (DETP®) which determines if, when, how long and in what order any or all of the many different sound-based therapies can be appropriately applied.
Defining Sound Based Therapy
So, when considering whether my clients are doing sound versus auditory therapy, the definition for sound-based therapy is important. I first defined this term in 2004, so the term is not new.
- Sound-based therapy uses the vibrational energy of sound with special equipment, specific programs, modified music, and/or specific tones/beats, the need for which is identified with appropriate testing.
- Auditory therapy runs the gamut from lipreading to retraining the hearing and use of specific phonemes for those with either hearing loss or central auditory processing disorders.
Helps More Than Just Hearing
While I used all of those auditory therapies in my early practice, once I learned about sound-based therapy, I soon learned that the range and type of issues that can be helped is significantly greater than just hearing/auditory skills. And, while the responses may include change in auditory function, the process goes beyond hearing and auditory function because sound, as vibrational energy, reaches all parts of the body. Sound-based therapies begin to make foundational change at a cellular level, thereby beginning a process of self-healing from within.
Yes, At The Cellular Level
How can I say that it begins at the cellular level? Consider the 3 tenets behind The Davis Model of Sound Intervention:
- There is a connection between the voice, the ear and the brain supported by 5 laws
- Every cell in the body emits and receives a specific frequency
- The ear is more than a hearing mechanism – consider it to be your global sensory processor.
Number 2 supports the foundational change at the cellular level, and these changes are further enhanced when there is a balance between how the voice, ear and brain receive, perceive and use sound vibrations.
Sound is Powerful
What also is important to understand is that ‘sound is powerful’. Because sound can make change at the cellular level, it is important to ‘know before you use’ a sound-based therapy in particular. My concept does not include choosing on your own any specific sound-based therapy that exists; nor does it include using sound-based therapies without determining the correct order and use of the therapies. All sound therapies can make change. It is the correct order of the therapies that will make the most change! And this order helps the therapy outcomes to be maintained with anticipated growth forward. Sound-based therapies can help people of all ages and all issues.
Helping at a Foundational Level
Sound-based therapies are not considered either medical or educational. For example, the diagnosis of autism per se, is not addressed. However, sound-based therapies have helped many of my clients with autism by supporting them at a more foundational level so learning, development and wellness changes have been evidenced.