How the Shape of Your Ears Affects What You Hear

An important affect of using SonicTonic is the altered state of consciousness that is experienced largely due to the movement of sound caused by panning, ASMR and virtual surround sound software. Interestingly, the experience and identification of positioning varies from person to person.  Neuroscientists from the International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research (BRAMS) at the University of Montreal have recently published a study in the Journal of neuroscience, examining the representation of vertical sound direction in the auditory cortex using an fMRI scanner, proving that what we hear is affected by the shape of our ears.

Source: The New York times (Veronique Greenwood) | Journal of neuroscience (Régis Trapeau and Marc Schönwiesner from the International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research (BRAMS)

Music is one of the best methods to fall asleep

Sleep physician Prof. Jürgen Zulley: „Music is monotonous stimulation. And with that you sleep better. I think music is one of the best methods to fall asleep.“

Germany´s most known sleep physician Jürgen Zulley calls music the number one medicine for sleeping disorders. He recommends listening to quite and calming music while its necessary to focus on the sound. He says, that the monotone stimulation is prerequisite for falling asleep and important for it, to be restful. We created different Tonics that trigger these monotonous stimulations and help you with getting a good night sleep.

Source: Interview with sleep physician Prof. Jürgen Zulley 


Mental illness is the leading cause of inability to work among women

With 20.1%, mental illness is the leading cause of inability to work among women.


As the DAK health report 2017 shows, psychological diseases present the largest part of the total cases of illness among women. Reasons for that can be biological, such as hormonal effects, psychosocial, for example education or the abundance of roles as mother, partner, employee, etc., or other specific stress aspects in a psychological, physical or sexual way.


Source: Gesund.at


People are taking more sleep medications

Compared to 2010, almost twice as many employed people today take sleeping medications

According to the DAK Healthreport 2017, more than twice as many employees take sleeping medication than in 2010. These can negatively affect your health though, causing headaches, sickness or metabolic disturbances. Also, they change the sleep cycles by eliminating the R.E.M. sleep (Rapid Eye Movement), the dream phase, which is extremely important for a mental balance and relaxation.


Source:  DAK Healthreport 2017, Focus Magazin


One in ten workers suffers from insomnia

One in ten workers suffers from particularly severe sleep disorders, so-called insomnia. That’s 60 percent more than in 2010.


The DAK health report 2017 shows that a shockingly high number of 80% of the 18 to 65 year olds says they struggle with falling asleep or sleeping through the night. Especially insomnia, particularly severe sleep disturbances, concerns every tenth employee and can also entail declining concentration and reduced mental performance.


Source: DAK Healthreport 2017


Sleep disorders can have long-term psychological and physical consequences

“Sleep disorders can have long-term psychological and physical consequences like depression and confusion of breathing, heartbeat, hormones and other functions.”


Studies have shown that a growing number of people suffers from sleep disturbances, which can severely affect their health in terms of muscle tension, body temperature, metabolism and other functions. According to a study conducted by the University of Warwick and the University College London with 4600 men and women, especially for women the risk of a heart attack increases with a lack of sleep.


Source: Apotheken Umschau

Music makes you happier

Canadian Researcher from the McGill University found that by listening to music, your brain releases dopamine, a “feel-good” neurotransmitter.

Music that moves us emotionally activates the “feel-good hormone” dopamine at the emotional networks of the brain. They are mainly in the lower part of the forebrain, directly above the eye socket. The dopamine inhibits the anxiety centers in the almond kernels. These almond-shaped structures are located on the left and right inside of the brain. Among other things, they process emotions such as fear and anger. If they are inhibited, another part of the brain, the hypothalamus, emits less stress hormones. As a result, the blood pressure drops, and the heartbeat calms down.

Source: Canada Research Chair (McGill University), McGill Study Film 


80% of employees suffer from stress

Listening to music you enjoy decreases levels of the stress hormone cortisol in your body, which counteracts the effects of chronic stress.

Stress is something we all experience at times. It can help us when we are in danger, preparing the body for facing every type of demand or danger by aiming all functions at survival. Long-term stress on the other hand, caused at work or during unusual stages of life, can lead to serious mental and physical diseases and should not be ignored or downplayed. This kind of Stress Level is constantly increasing these days and more than 80% of Employees suffer from it. For preventing and healing Stress it is important to take time for relaxation and breathing. SonicTonic developed a method, that reduces stress receptively, trough sound therapy in short sections. They help the body to calm instantly and prevent short-term stress from turning into long-term stress.

Source: DAK Gesundheitsbericht 2010, psyGA Praxisordner, Apotheken Umschau, www.muenchener-institut.de, www.raus-aus-dem-stress.com, powered by www.dkv.com, www.lavita.de, gesundheit-daten-fakten.de

Healing Soundscapes. The therapeutic use of sound and music in healthcare.

Healing Soundscapes. The therapeutic use of sound and music in healthcare.

Start for the Healing Soundscape project with the Hamburg University of Music and Theater and the University Hospital Eppendorf. The project was declared winner 2016 by the Claussen-Simon-Stiftung at the Bucerius Law School, Hamburg on 8th December 2016. GROVES has been confirmed as associated partner for the private sector.

Read the full article here.