Build a brighter future with our music-based therapy
Offer proven neuroscience-based music listening therapy in your practice
Get started by discovering solutions and benefits for you
The Listening Program®
Improve your brain health and functioning
Connect brain and body using rhythm
The Movement Program
Maximize your learning ability
Your personalized brain fitness program
The world's most scientifically advanced sleep program
Solutions for active military, their families, and veterans
Books & Music
A wealth of resources for you
What you need to access our scientifically designed music
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, Meniere’s disease is “a balance disorder. An abnormality causes it in part of the inner ear called the labyrinth. Fluid build-up can cause a severe spinning sensation (vertigo) and affect the hearing.”
It primarily affects people in their 40’s or above and is characterized by the following symptoms:
Currently, there is no cure for Meniere’s disease, there is hope for improvement.
Trudy’s difficulties began when she was five years old. While playing baseball, she was hit in the head and knocked out. From then on, she suffered from balance problems, which were overlooked as typical clumsiness.
She didn’t think much of these events until, at age 50, things worsened drastically, and she was diagnosed with Meniere’s disease. She recounts the decline, beginning in 2012. “I began to experience difficulty driving. Suddenly, I couldn’t see well at night. Headlights from oncoming drivers blinded me. Vehicles zooming by on a busy highway unsettled me.”
“One day, I was headed to my sister, who lived four miles away. The weather was good, and I took back roads with no traffic. Before I had gone one mile, the world began to spin. I hit the brakes and turned on my flashers. I remember looking up at the ceiling of my vehicle as it spun faster than a top. I was wearing a seat belt, but I felt like I would fall out of my seat.”
As her symptoms continued, the detrimental effects of vertigo plagued her almost daily and lasted 30 minutes or more. Even closing her eyes didn’t provide relief, as it intensified the feeling of falling. Each attack left her feeling sick and disoriented for hours, often triggering other symptoms: swelling in her inner ears, nausea, light sensitivity, extreme anxiety and panic, and even diarrhea.
At the peak of it all, she would often lose her balance even when she wasn’t suffering from vertigo, and to top it all off, any time she closed her eyes, she felt like she was falling, which left her unable to sleep for more than two hours each night.
Overall, Trudy’s symptoms could be summed up as follows:
All of this resulted in a very long and lonely six years of living in dark rooms, behind thick curtains, losing her job due to her sensitivities, and venturing outside for only a few minutes with sun-blocking hats and the darkest of sunglasses. It was a period of frustration, loneliness, and loss of hope as she worsened emotionally and neurologically.
One other less bothersome but prevalent symptom Trudy noticed was her inability to distinguish differences in musical chords, which felt odd for her because of her lifelong love and appreciation for music. As she would learn, this was a significant piece of the puzzle of her healing journey.
After more than six years of worsening symptoms and no concrete answers, a friend suggested that Trudy visit a doctor specializing in patients with inner ear problems in another state. Due to vertigo, she couldn’t drive, and traveling was incredibly taxing, so she relied on her friend to help her get to this doctor in hopes that she could find relief. The doctor diagnosed her with Meniere’s disease and led her to find hope and healing, piece by piece.
“The worst of my symptoms began to diminish within a week. My life improved, and I could spend several hours outside of a dark room. However, I still couldn’t watch a movie or television show, drive, spend more than 10 minutes on a computer, or tolerate the sun. I couldn’t stand on my feet for more than 15 minutes without feeling dizzy. I still couldn’t read for more than a few minutes. In addition, I still couldn’t hear or understand much of what I was hearing due to the inner ear issues.”
In May 2018, a friend recommended The Listening Program, which quickened the healing process for Trudy. She began listening to beautiful classical music for 15 minutes twice daily and has enjoyed the benefits of healing ever since.
She states: “I noticed slow but steady improvements in my gate, balance, and ability to use a computer. Within six months, I could enjoy music, watch a television show, and withstand the onslaught of an action-packed movie thriller in a theater. I could close my eyes in the shower without fear of falling. I could turn slowly without nausea.”
After regular listening sessions for six months, Trudy wrote:
“I heard the four chords — through every single one of the songs! I heard the chords!!! Over and over again! And [the TLP] classical music suddenly became beautiful, intricate, interesting, melodic, clever, fascinating. I hung on every note, followed trails, and waited for themes I knew were coming around again. I felt elated and sad at the same time when it ended. I feel in awe. As if I were deaf and just now heard for the first time. The world was flat, and now it is round.”
While Trudy has experienced healing slowly, she continually notices and appreciates the abilities she can enjoy, thanks to TLP.
The benefits Trudy experienced in her life correlate directly with the scientific design of the Spectrum program, one of the four TLP Core Programs.
Through neuroscience, it is clear that certain sounds provided in the right context can organize the brain’s neural activity, support health, balance emotions, and help a person feel less stressed and able to heal. This is the foundation of all of the TLP programs. Spectrum, in particular, is the most gentle and effective for anyone, like Trudy, who experiences more intense sensitivities or mobility/balance difficulties.
Sound frequencies affect different areas of human brain function and performance. TLP music is engineered to train the four brain training frequency zones across the spectrum of human auditory perception, supporting bottom-up (sensory input) and top-down (perception and response) brain functions; green, orange, red, and blue. Each music module is color-coded according to its corresponding zone.
Spectrum emphasizes low-frequency sounds in what ABT refers to as “the green zone” and incorporates spatial training. The arrangement of musical modules quiets the body’s natural alarm system, reduces undue mental, emotional, and physical stress, and leads to less rumination during the day or night.
Each of these unique features combines help to gently and effectively support listeners who want to:
Trudy experienced an improvement in most of these areas, the most profound of which was the improvements in her auditory and visual sensitivities. Spectrum supported the process of healing from both of those, allowing her to enjoy daily activities. This was done, through the low frequencies of music, by calming, desensitizing, and reprogramming the emotional memory system so that she could develop a healthy and positive relationship with sound.
Another notable improvement was Trudy’s balance. Her balance issues were due to excess fluid in her ears, resulting in poor vestibular function. The low frequencies of Spectrum gently stimulate and improve the vestibular system, which can help improve balance and posture.
In addition, the grounding nature of sounds used in Spectrum reduces the stress a person feels daily. ABT’s Clinical Director, Allen T. Lewis, MD, expressed that stress overload is a significant issue in brain impairment and a substantial roadblock to healing. TLP Spectrum is an effective solution to systematically shift the brain from the sympathetic fight or flight response to the parasympathetic rest and recovery response, leading to the system’s overall calm & alert state. Through consistent listening, while specific parts of her ear and brain were being healed through music, her stress was simultaneously lowered, allowing her body to relax enough to heal as it was meant to do.
While not all listeners experience Trudy’s extreme symptoms, the benefits of the Green zone are available to everyone.
Green zone benefits:
Trudy enjoyed many of these benefits in her life in the most profound ways. She says, “today, I can read again. I still have Meniere’s, but I’m down to one medication instead of four. I have recommended this program to several friends with differing issues from anxiety/depression to hyper-activity, and also (of course) Meniere’s. I cannot praise it strongly enough.”
Trudy’s story is another example of the healing power of the Listening Program. The unique psychoacoustic modifications make it gentle enough for even the most sensitive listeners (like Trudy was at the beginning of her journey) while also training the brain via the auditory system over time to promote healing on various levels.
Try The Listening Program today and enjoy healing in your own life.
Free for 7 Days
Tags Light Sensitivity, Meniere’s Disease, sound sensitivity, The Listening Program, Vertigo
March 21, 2023 by Advanced Brain
Discover how The Listening Program, a game-changing tool used by Occupational Therapist Pinky Parekh for 15 years, has become a school-wide phenomenon by driving academic success and…
March 13, 2023 by Advanced Brain
Certain music revolutionizes how athletes train, compete and recover from injuries. It can stimulate the brain and enhance the ability to make split-second decisions and movements, which…
February 07, 2023 by Advanced Brain
While formal studies can attest to the vast benefits of The Listening Program, the most important benefits are the ones you notice and enjoy daily. ABT has…