Healing at the Speed of Sound: How What We Hear Transforms Our Brains and Our Lives

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At this very moment, you are surrounded by sound. Pause for a minute and try to listen to it all: the chatter of a passing conversation, the gentle whoosh of air vents, noise from a nearby street, someone turning the pages of a book, birds chirping in the trees.

We rarely pay attention to everything we hear, but every noise in our environment has the ability to change our mood, decrease our productivity, even affect our health. While sound can ...

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Overview

At this very moment, you are surrounded by sound. Pause for a minute and try to listen to it all: the chatter of a passing conversation, the gentle whoosh of air vents, noise from a nearby street, someone turning the pages of a book, birds chirping in the trees.

We rarely pay attention to everything we hear, but every noise in our environment has the ability to change our mood, decrease our productivity, even affect our health. While sound can heal, both emotionally and physically, it can also hurt us.

In this engaging book, bestselling author and music expert Don Campbell (The Mozart Effect®) teams up with Alex Doman, a specialist in the practical application of sound, to show how we can use music and silence throughout our day to not only change how we feel but alter how we physically function.

The authors delve into more than a decades’ worth of research, from studies on aging to groundbreaking brain science, in order to illustrate how noise affects us for better and for worse. Walking readers through every aspect of their daily lives — from the morning commute to getting a restful night’s sleep — Don and Alex provide practical advice and exercises so you can create perfect soundtracks for every task, combining music you already love with new favorites. In addition, the authors share nearly one hundred active links to music, video, and downloads in the book that help support their advice and show how others use the inspiring force of music to improve their lives.

Combining the joy of music with the strength of science, Healing at the Speed of Sound™ will set you on the path to a full, rich, and truly harmonious life.

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"As you read and apply what you learn in Healing at the Speed of Sound you will transform your life. Alex Doman and Don Campbell unveil practical and profound insights for attaining health and well-being.."

--Kevin Hall, Bestselling author of Aspire: Discovering Your Purpose through the Power of Words

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455828678
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 9/29/2011
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Don Campbell is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Mozart Effect. His 23 books and albums have inspired people since 1983. Before the publication of The Mozart Effect in 1997, his books and CDs sold a total of more than 100,000 copies. Since 1997, his worldwide sales have reached nearly 3 million. His books have been translated into 26 languages, and his series of audio products have been widely distributed throughout the world. He has made more than 50 major television appearances, and been interviewed on major news programs throughout the world.
Alex Doman is the founder and CEO of Advanced Brain Technologies (ABT), an innovative neuro-technology company that provides brain-based solutions to consumers, schools, therapy clinics, health care facilities, and the military. His worldwide network of clients consists of 40,000 trained providers, mostly licensed healthcare professionals, who use ABT products in their practice.
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  • Posted September 29, 2011

    Highly Recommended!!!

    An excellent book, easy to read, enjoyable, and full of examples and solutions from the everyday life to start being conscious and improve the sound environment in which we live.
    Have you ever asked yourself how sound, volume, frequencies and even silence can impact your ear or your life? How they can heal and enhance your life? This book provides the perfect explanation of how sound (and music) influences our mood, the way we live, our performance, our health and of course our hearing system. An excellent tool to "choose your sonic nutrition consciously", to create a healthy sound environment at home and work, and to learn the small changes you can make to improve significantly your quality of life.
    This is a "must read" for teachers, businessmen, parents, seniors and young adults. Everyone will find a point of interest since sound and music are a part of our everyday life starting at the womb.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

    Something for everyone

    I really enjoyed chapter three of this book Music of Life in particular. It discusses the importance of music during pregnancy and labor. I am almost five months pregnant and found the information and links very helpful. I am using the recommendations in creating my own playlist to help me and my baby while pregnant and getting through labor. The benefits of music are amazing and I'm definitely willing to try a more natural approach for mine and my baby's sake.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2011

    Life changing read!

    Knowing the positive reaction of sounds and music has changed the way I do everything...a must read.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2011

    Excellent book!

    I loved this book! So full of valuable information and the links are a great additional resource. I highly recommend this book to anyone that wants an improvement in their quality of life. We eat the right foods, exercise, get enough sleep; but what about all the sounds bombarding us each day? This book helps us to know how to handle that.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2011

    Everyone needs to read this book!

    Alex and Don have made me aware of the importance of sound in my life, including the need for silent breaks from the everyday noise around me. I have now created a "soundtrack for my life," which I use to start my day, improve my mood, help me focus at work, and energize me during a workout. I recommend this engaging book to everyone because most people I know don't realize how sound, noise and music affect their mood, productivity and health.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2011

    Life changing read!

    Knowing the positive reaction of sounds and music has changed the way I do everything...a must read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2011

    Understand Music & Sound in Your Own Life

    I have always loved the idea of using music & sound in creative and practical ways and I know what a powerful impact it can have in our life. The authors get that each person is unique in what works for them, so they offer ideas to teach us how to customize our own sound environment. They have opened my eyes (and my ears) to the methods available to improve brain function through sound so we can live a healthy and productive life. I enjoyed all the extras too: Links throughout the book with videos to watch, music to listen to, and or other interesting articles to read and think about. This book is SO engaging and I will refer to it again and again!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2011

    A Totally Engaging and Educational Read

    I haven't finished reading this book yet but am so enjoying it that I wanted to put some initial impressions down on paper. I'll re-review after I have completely finished reading it the first time, I can see that I will probably be referring back to it for quite some time to come. "I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy, but most importantly music, for in the patterns of music and all the arts are the keys of learning ." - Plato. In Healing At The Speed Of Sound this quote begins Chapter 4, which focuses on sound and music in education. This chapter alone is enough to make me wish this book was required reading for every person that has any involvement in educating our children, whether it is parents, teachers, administrators, elected officials; at a time when the arts and are in jeopardy in so many schools, if they haven't already been eliminated. We are wasting so much potential right now, in a nation where too many seem to shrug off the failure of so many to even complete high school. There are non academic tools that can help these kids, and one of those that has the greatest potential to help so many kids is music. I have not been reading this wonderful book in linear fashion, rather I began by skipping around, investigating some of the rich resources provided throughout. Last night I did go back to the beginning and then put on some beautiful, soothing music to go to sleep. I already knew how important this can be, but needed a reminder. I took some time this morning to just wake up and consciously allow some relative silence, as I enjoyed the happy snuffles of my dogs greeting me. It certainly put me in a great frame of mind to begin my day. The authors offer a tantalizing glimpse of how just a few changes in my daily routine can make an enormous change in my energy and attitude. They provide so many potential music resources too: I can see that I will be referring back to the book again and again as I build a better daily routine for myself. It delights me to think of how much fun I can have building my personal soundscapes. If I had the enhanced e-book version I could use that, and could access the links directly from my iPad or Nook or one of the new Kindles coming perhaps, but for now am really enjoying this experience!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2012

    Healing at the Speed of Sound

    I was very intrigued by this book! As the mother of a child who has benefitted from the type of music listening therapy programs discussed of in this book, as well as a practitioner of music listening therapy myself, I was eager to read this book- it did not disappoint! I have a tendency to skip through books, reading here and there. It is a good book when I read straight through- and do it in under a month! I found this book to be a quick read and enjoyed every minute of it. There is some material in the book that is more innately known by many people, but the authors do an amazing job at explaining how and why music affects us as it does- physically, mentally, emotionally, etc. My favorite chapter (I think 4?) discusses more of the physiological changes that happens when certain music is playing- such as an increase (or decrease) in heart rate. The authors also touch upon the amazing benefits of playing/listening to music- such as higher IQ's, lower stress, and living longer and more productive lives. I am really energized to re-teach myself the violin that I stopped playing years ago, introduce my children to instruments, as well as incorporating music listening into our lives more. I cannot recommend this book enough!

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  • Posted November 17, 2011

    Highly Highly Recommended

    Doman and Campbell make the compelling point in their new book ¿Healing at the Speed of Sound¿, that many sounds including music that we are exposed to in our daily lives can have a detrimental effect on an individual or can be soothing and healing. These sounds can change our basic physiology; possibly increasing our blood pressure and heart rate, to elevating anxiety levels and creating muscle tension. Specific noises can create a negative environment that interrupt sleep cycles, reduces our ability to pay attention and stay focused while they can even manipulate our moods.

    Through the use of case studies, vignettes, exercises and research the authors have provided in simple terminology a variety of creative solutions and ideas. They have embedded e-files and links to share methods of living a life with resources for ¿healing sounds¿. They make a case that when living a life with the intention of using sound in a way that is beneficial to our lifestyle; we can actually heal many of the components of our basic physical complaints; memory, sleep issues, chronic pain and even the speed at which we process of information.

    Healing at the Speed of Sound is an excellent book for any therapy office as a resource to their clients, to help ¿empower¿ an individual to create their own ¿musical garden¿ cultivating energy, calmness, restorative sleep, balance and an elevation of moods. The book opens the door for continued research in the possibility that each individual has their own basic vibration that they comfortably resonate at and therefore, we are affected by sound differently. The hard Rap some individuals crave and become more productive with make another very ill and weak. As any good literary work, this book provides many questions while allowing the readers to ask many more questions.

    Thank you to both Campbell and Doman for providing Healing at the Speed of Sound for potential relief to many people suffering from a variety of illnesses.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2011

    I had a hard time putting it down.

    This little book has to be the best and easiest path to positive life change out there. A fascinating, entertaining and empowering read! I love this book and highly recommend it.

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  • Posted October 25, 2011

    Lifechanging!Should be Required Reading for Public Officials Too!

    I have just never thought about the possibility that noise could be harming my health! Crazy really, when I know that there are some sounds that make me so tense and on edge...fireworks leaf blowers, power saws, sirens, that low bass thump, thumping stereo in some cars so loud that my body vibrates if I get stuck at a traffic light next to one.

    Because of this book I am now thinking of ways of changing the larger environment around me too, not just my own...I think this book should be read by every member of congress, every governor, school superintendents, city officials, etc. Let's start to turn the noise down and maybe then people will actually be able to think more clearly and really listen to each other. I am going to recommend this book to my own government representatives ASAP.

    I have started to make changes in my own environment too. I am typing this in silence, would usually have sound on, either music or TV. Not really listening to either, just on. I am already noticing a difference in my stress levels as I choose more wisely. I think I am going to begin appreciating the music I listen to a lot more if I really listen to it when it is on.

    I want to find out more about the listening therapy that is mentioned in the book too, to see if that is something that could benefit me. I am getting close to retirement age, thinking about how to keep my brain in the best possible shape and it sounds like that therapy might be helpful. Thank you, thank you, thank you to the authors, you are really starting an important conversation!

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