Boost Profits – Reduce Stress With Multi Tasking


Here is a new, better way to look at multi-tasking.   The downside to multi-tasking is that one act can detract from the other.  If you have ever been near a driver weaving along and texting, you quickly understood that risk!

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Image from State of Minnesota website on risks of texting and driving (1).

However there are ways to multi-task that actually make each process better.   There are numerous classical music techniques that enhance multi-tasking.

Numerous messages at this site have looked at how we can use baroque music to gain balance.    Last week’s message on multi-tasking looked at how I use classical music when meditating and also when using a chainsaw to cut wood.   My Bose sound cancelling headphones help protect my hearing from the loud chainsaw, and the unique music I listen might actually help improve my hearing.

There are numerous risks to our hearing, such as loud music or loud chainsaws.  Improperly used ear buds, iPods, MP3 players and mega speakers in automobiles for example increase the risks of hearing loss.

I multi-task with a form of sound therapy based on the work of ear specialist, Dr. Alfred Tomatis.

This therapy has helped some people correct hearing problems because there are numerous contributing causes to not hearing well.  Four main factors of loss are prolonged exposure to loud noise, lack of high frequency sound,  poor muscle tone in the middle ear, (from stress or poor diet) and poor central auditory processing.

Dr. Tomatis was a French inventor and MD trained at the Paris School of Medicine. He specialized in disorders of the ear, nose, throat (ENT), and related structures of the head and neck.  He created an alternative approach to improving hearing and listening known as the Tomatis method.

The son of an opera singer, he gravitated to treating opera colleagues with vocal problems and found traditional treatments lacking.  He came up with the idea that vocal problems were often hearing problems.  “The voice does not produce what the ear does not hear” became central to his research and healing.

To help his patients hear better (so they could sing better) he developed an electronic device that exercises the ear with alternating high and low frequencies.  The exercise strengthens the muscles of the middle ear so they once again process missing frequencies.

The Tomatis therapy uses classical music filtered through a specialist device using specific algorithms and activation filters that stimulate the entire auditory system for natural hearing improvement.

In short, I attach a MP3 player to my Bose headphones and play a recording of classical music that has been manipulated to include frequencies that match a sound the human auditory curve.  The brain likes listening to classical music, so is open to the deficient frequencies which ride along with the music.  This enables the brain to  hear these frequencies as a normal ear would hear them.

This is a long term process, which when carried out consistently has helped retrain the brain to permanently hear the higher frequencies.

The Tomatis processed classical music presents fluctuating sounds, alternating through high and low channels so the ear constantly adjusts between high and low tones.  This gives ear muscles, cilia, auditory pathway and auditory cortex a complete work.  Such work-outs can help return muscles to their natural tone and provide physical improvement for better hearing.

Tomatis therapy (as are so many integrative health disciplines) is controversial.  My beliefs are based on my personal experience, and I have no scientific evidence to prove its validity.

My hearing  have been bad for decades, especially on my left side (as is my vision).  Years ago I purchased Tomatis Sound Therapy Tapes and began listening originally with a Sony Walkman.  Later I transferred the music to a Sansadisk MP3.   When I meditate and or cut wood or bush hog, weed eat, shoot or do anything that involves loud noise, on goes the headphones and the Tomatis music.

Unlike compensating with a hearing aid, Tomatis music aims to improve the ear’s natural functions by resolving root causes of hearing loss.  This can be useful for those with and without hearing aids.

I recently took a hearing test and though my left ear still has a high frequency deficit (due to causes beyond age), my right ear is very much in the normal range.

The downside of using Tomatis music is minimal.  After the basic cost (I believe I paid about $400 for the original tapes), all that’s required is to listen.  I listen when I write, when I meditate and when I am involved in loud noise.  I also listen when on flights.

This is not really a task.  I enjoy the music.  Plus there is plenty of scientific evidence that classical music does help balance the brain.  The listening helps me write better.  The listening keeps me alert and aware when working with fast moving, sharp, dangerous equipment. This is not a bad idea.

Certain types of classical music create a state of relaxed concentration, that lowers blood pressure and enhances the mind.

This is how to refine the art of multi tasking.

We are healthier and more productive in a state of relaxed concentration so let’s introduce a new word for the type of multi tasking where each task reinforces, rather than distracts, from the other.  We could call it BMT (Booster Multi Tasking).  Each task boosts the other.  The task of listening does not detract from the other tasks.  Instead it makes them better.  Listening to Tomatis music helps me write better.  Listening makes my meditation deeper.  Listening makes the chain saw, weed eater and bush hog safer.  Listening to this music protects my ears from loud noise and appears to even make my hearing better.

In most things there is an element of good and bad.  This is true in multi-tasking.  Do not text when you drive.  Do not put on sound cancelling headphones when you drive either.  But classical music, that does not interfere with your awareness, can help to be more comfortable and alert and help to drive better.  Using classical music in the correct circumstances is a benefit and better way to multi-task.

Gary

(1) Texting while driving is illegal and dangerous but people still do it

 


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