Music has the ability to produce an orienting response. Sounds reclaim life, boosts performance, and energizes perception. photo courtesy @tangojuliette

How Sounds Reclaim Life, Boosts Performance, and Surrenders Agony


One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. 

BOB MARLEY

Our inner ear provides us with a lot of information about the world around us. This sound travels through the ear by means of the auditory nerve, then to be processed by our brain. Even if we were blindfolded, we would be able to identify if we were in a large stadium versus a small confined room based on the sounds and how that sound travels through space.

Music has the ability to produce an orienting response. Sounds reclaim life, boosts performance, and energizes perception.

Picture grandma dropping a pan and automatically everyone in the room turns to see what it is – they orient towards that sound. Although we usually view loud noises as environmental noise pollution other types of more organized music have the ability to provide us with an orienting response in a more subtle way.

When feeling sluggish, anxious, or overwhelmed it is common to go into fight-or-flight mode. We begin to hunch our shoulders and try harder and harder to focus on only what we have to. Unfortunately, we often do not get as much done, we become guarded to the world around us or do not produce to our greatest potential when in this mode.

Listening to music…

  1. Delights your inner ear, your brain and ultimately your body.
  2. Power core activation plus postural organization to regulate breathing patterns.
  3. Orients focus to be able to block out other environmental noise.
  4. Surrenders anxiety in provoking procedures like pain.

Music of all types has the ability to do this – big band, jazz, rock…explore what you prefer.  Find what you need, such as energetic rhythms of rumba or a calming classical piece.

Try these auditory experiences to explore your preferences: