Feed Your Ears – They Give You Energy!

Posted on: June 28th, 2011 by
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A little known function of the ear is to energize the brain; to feed and nourish it so it provides energy to the body. Our body takes in other energy sources, but even well-nourished individuals can lack energy and fall into illness or even depression. Children on the autism spectrum can fall into sensory depression. We all need sound to keep us functioning at optimal levels. Too little sound is just as bad as too much sound. We need the right amount and the right kind of sound for our well-being.

The inner ear plays a role in giving us energy. When we move our body, the vestibule (in the inner ear) senses movement, helps us stablize, and pulls against gravity transforming that movement into energy. From bending, stretching or using our muscles, our ears transmit these movement sensations to the brain togive it energy.  The vestibule also responds to sound. The lower the frequency, the better the response. Low frequencies affect the body and the sensory system. They make us move, dance, tap to a beat or follow a rhythm. When we move, we increase our energy. Children with sensory integration dysfunction usually can’t perceive the low frequencies which help get them back into their body and ground them and correct their sensory issues.

The cochlea (the snail-shaped part of the inner ear) transforms sound into energy through the analysis of high frequencies.  High frequencies by nature carry more energy. There is an abundance of hair cells in the inner ear that recognize and respond to high frequencies. This accounts for its charging effect on the brain. The vestibule contributes about 50% of our energy, with the cochlea contributing about 30%. Food and other supplements account for the rest. So it’s really amazing the capacity our ears have to be able to generate energy for us to use. Knowing this, you can ditch those energy drinks that are really not good for you anyways!

But in order to benefit from high or low frequencies to charge the brain, the two middle ear muscles MUST be tense enough (toned up) to keep the inner ear (the vestibule and the cochlea) working optimally. Anything less than this can cause the analysis of sound to be sub-par creating too little information coming in, too much information coming in, the wrong information coming in, or distorted information coming in. That will translate into too little or too much energy that gets sent to our brain to keep us functioning. And what ultimately can follow as a result is an auditory processing disorder, sensory integration disorder, attention deficit disorder or other learning disabilities - all because of the way our ears process sound.

Retraining the ears with sound by toning up the middle ear muscles is what listening therapy is all about. In Lollipop Listening Therapy you feel the pull on the middle ear muscles day by day and week by week to tighten them and tone them up so that the auditory information comes in and can be processed efficiently and effectively. Your child has never had a lollipop like THIS before!  www.SoundTherapySystems.com


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