Excerpt 2 from "Healing at the Speed of Sound" with Don Campbell and Alex DomanPosted November 04 2012
In this transcribed excerpt from "Healing at the Speed of Sound" with Don Campbell and Alex Doman, -- CEO of Advanced Brain Technology -- talks about how very much sound affects all the time, what we acclimate to and why, and the importance of how our auditory experience impacts our world.
I want to spend some time talking about our relationship with sound. What is our relationship with a sound within our environment and within ourselves? It’s a very important consideration to make. And sound can be something that’s healthy and nurturing and nourishes and feeds us, or it can be something actually does harm, causes disease, and leads to ill health, so it’s about finding the balance of sound versus noise,noise being something very pervasive that we have not the same control of that we’d like. Last night at 3:45 in the morning at our hotel on 55th and 5th , I was awoken by the sounds of trucks, and for three hours I struggled with the sounds of these trucks as I tried to go back to sleep, and finally remembered that I had a pair of $1.49 foam ear plugs. So I had a $1.50 solution to a very significant problem and that’s all it took. Because those will dampen sounds by 29 decibels make the difference between a sleep state and an awake state that I didn’t want to be in.
How many of you live here in the city? And do you find it a struggle often or have you learned to filter this noise? Right -- because you have habituate to it, to learn how to filter that out, your brain decides this is no longer important to me. So you’re able to block it out. But my family and I live near the mountains and we live in a very quiet setting. It’s an urban community, but it is quiet and we awaken to the sounds of birds and the trees literally in the morning as the sun rises, so it’s a very calm and peaceful place. But when we come to the city we have to adjust. And you know, we adapt to the environment that we’re in, but after two nights we had not quite yet adapted.
So as we think about sound, I think it’s important to consider the mechanism in which we perceive and process sound, which is our auditory system, and this auditory system that we possess is the first sensory system to develop in human beings. So this system has been given precedence over sight, touch, taste, smell. It is our balance system and our hearing system that develops first in utero at about 16-20 weeks, and it’s the first system to fully develop in utero and be functioning. So, the unborn child is processing sound -- both the internal sound of the mother’s womb and the external sounds around the mother.