As the ear is the main channel for the transmission of sensory messages from the human body, it plays a key role in emotional function. This function may be impaired when the brain triggers a “defense mechanism” of inhibition or protection from stimuli of the external environment that are perceived as threatening.

Depression is a multi-factorial disorder, the treatment of which is the domain of psychiatry and psychology. Each one of these disciplines has access to evidence-based ways of intervention (pharmaceutical, psychotherapeutic), the choice of which is at the discretion of the practitioner and depends on the severity of depression, its duration, associated symptoms, etc. Audio-Psycho-Phonology is a method which complements substantially the above interventions in ways described below.

When referring to the ear, we regard it mostly as a hearing instrument, which is indeed its most obvious function. However, the ear is something more than a mere passive receptor of sound. Professor Tomatis described extensively a series of equally important functions of the ear, such as the control of balance, muscle tone and vertical position, the active sound analysis for the comprehension of speech, and the activation or “recharging” of the brain. This latter function is associated with depression.

Our ears play an important role in brain “recharging”. According to Tomatis, the ears can be compared to a power generator that converts the received sound stimuli to neuronal energy for the recharging of the brain. When the brain is well activated and there is no shortage of energy, man has the ability to lead, to imagine, and to create. When the brain lacks energy, man loses his creativity, imagination, and effectiveness.

High frequencies activate the brain because they constitute what Tomatis calls “charging sounds”. People with good auditory perception and especially with a “musical ear” receive a lot of activation through the ear and rarely experience loss of energy and depression. By contrast, people with ears that do not “recharge” the brain have a reduced ability to cope with the challenges of life, especially under pressure. Low frequencies drain our energy and make us tired. Although they apparently seem to give us energy because they make our body move (since they activate the semicircular canals of the vestibular system of the ear), the final result of continued exposure to low frequencies is loss of energy, because our body responds to the low frequencies by moving, even to the point of exhaustion. High frequencies activate the brain more, since the region of the cochlea that analyzes them contains many more hair cells, which are the organs of transduction of sound into electrochemical energy, than the region that analyzes the low frequencies.

Emotional trauma or very negatively charged experiences can make a person unwilling to listen, socially withdrawn, and with no desire to communicate. The closed selectivity that results can protect the person from perceived threats but can result in loss of energy and depression.

The Center offers programs for adolescents with identity crisis, low self-esteem, anxiety, discouragement, apathy, and negativity associated with adolescence. It offers programs for adults who are stressed, experience loss of energy, loss of interest in life, concentration difficulties, communication difficulties, and phobias. People who seek the services of our Center may be mixed cases, who need both the energizing of sound therapy and the psychotherapeutic or psychiatric counseling sessions of our staff.