Apr Apr 27, 2017

New Uses for Serenity Solution Headphones: Parathyroid Surgery

By |April 27, 2017|Benefits of cordless headphones, Cardiac By-pass surgery with music, Parathyroid and Thyroid Surgery with music|0 Comments

SSS in perioperative thyroid surgery

Patient before parathyroid surgery

Our Surgical Serenity Headphones have been used for so many different surgeries but this week a new one came to my attention:  parathyroid surgery.  This patient is a 67 y.o. lady with an impressive athletic career.  She has been winning trophies and medals for decades, but recently, in the course of some routine blood work, it was discovered that one of the parathyroid glands was malfunctioning and needed to be removed.

Of course, she wanted to use the Surgical Serenity Solutions headphones that she had bought several years ago for another surgery and had a positive experience. She told me that she has used them along and along for bouts of insomnia and stress, but that surgery is what she wanted to use them for primarily since she is very sensitive to anesthesia and wanted no more than absolutely necessary.

Since this was a new procedure, she checked in advance with the the surgeon and explained that these headphones were created specifically for surgery and are in use at Cleveland Clinic, as well as Mayo, Johns Hopkins, and VA Hospitals around the country!  The surgeon gave the green light and she prepared for her parathyroid surgery.

As fate would have it, things did not go exactly as planned!  The surgery started an hour later than scheduled, but patients said that she needed to anxiety meds while waiting because she had her headphones on and just closed her eyes and enjoyed the music while waiting to be called back.

Once it started, it took a little longer than anticipated because they decided to take part of her thyroid gland as well.  Of course she was asleep when that decision was made, but she reports she was so glad NOT to hear the conversation that went on about whether to remove part of the thyroid or not.

Surgical Serenity Solutions with parathyroid surgery

Patient after parathyroid surgery

Patient has been instructed to get lots of rest and not work out for a couple of weeks and she is OK with that.  This is the message friends:  even when you are super healthy and feeling no pain, a simple blood test can reveal a process going on in your body that you knew nothing about.  Be prepared!  These amazing headphones can be shipped to you overnight and they have been studies and tested in major hospitals around the country.  You can get your own set for under $100!  Go NOW to www.surgicalserenitysolutions.com/patient-products.  




Apr Apr 19, 2017

“How can Hospitals, Surgeons, Anesthesiologists make money Using Music in the Perioperative Period?

By |April 19, 2017|Hospitals can Improve revenue|0 Comments


Hospital, Surgeons and Anesthesiologists want to deliver the best possible patient care, when a patient comes in for surgery (or other procedures such as colonoscopy, endoscopy, or joint replacement.  They also need to make money!! Balancing these two goals is not always easy.   Hospital equipment tends to be very expensive because it is very stringently regulated.  In addition, patient satisfaction is extremely important.  Today, hospitals are held accountable for poor patient satisfaction scores and can be forced to pay back millions of dollars if patients give bad patient care evaluations.

One of the easiest and most affordable solutions is to utilize the Surgical Serenity Solutions pre-programmed headphones for the patient.  They have been tested around the country, including VA Hospitals and the Cleveland Clinic.  In one clinical study, they were found to decrease pain perception by 20%!  This is huge, especially in light of the current opioid crisis.  Help your patients experience less pain by utilizing our cordless headphones, pre-loaded with the perfect soothing, slow and steady music, designed to engage rhythmic entrainment.  To purchase, go to www.SurgicalSerenitySolutions.com

Apr Apr 18, 2017

The #1 Service Everyone Needs to Know about for Music in the Perioperative Period

By |April 18, 2017|Baby Boomers, Benefits of cordless headphones, Benefits of music during surgery|0 Comments


Are you having surgery or an anxiety-provoking medical procedure, you need to know about Surgical Serenity Solutions!  Our pre-loaded, cordless headphones have been on the market since 2009 and have been successfully used from coast to coast with hundreds of different medical procedures.

The music on our pre-loaded headphones is slow, soothing, steady music that was specially chosen by a clinical musicologist…me!!  Patients have raved about what a difference this music made to them and how they didn’t need ANY valium or other anxiety medication before their procedure.

Many patients have reported that even after having general anesthesia, they were NO nausea and vomiting afterwards and that they were able to go home in the shortest possible amount of time; often just hours.

There is so much clinical research documenting the many benefits of using music during the perioperative period including:

  • Less anxiety medication
  • Less pain medication
  • Less anesthesia
  • Blocking of disturbing conversation between medical staff
  • Blocking of sounds of surgery which can include drilling, hammering and sawing!
  • Faster recovery from the procedure, the anesthesia given and the incisions

The patient can now order their own headphones directly from www.SurgicalSerenitySolutions.com.  Don’t wait!  Get your headphones today, even before you need them.  They are also great for dental visits and procedures.  The whole family can use them!  Just go to www.SurgicalSerenitySolutions.com!

Mar Mar 13, 2017

Characteristics of the Ideal Music for Surgery

By |March 13, 2017|Surgery Music Characteristics|0 Comments

characteristics of the ideal music for surgery

choosing the ideal music for surgery

Do you know about the characteristics of the ideal music for surgery?  Many people believe that having the ideal music for surgery is a great idea!  But how do you choose that ideal music and know in advance that it’s going to be suitable?  How do you know that the music you choose will not only be pleasant and soothing, but will also decrease your anxiety at the time of surgery and reduce your pain perception and possibly even reduce the amount of anesthesia required.

Many people ask why they can’t just bring their own ipod in, and the answer is, of course you can!  But, iPods are fairly germy and depending on the part of the body having surgery, that could be a problem.  Also, iPods have a cord, and in the operating room, there are always lots of other cords that should not be tangled with!

So first of all, our pre-programmed, cordless headphones are a lot easier!

Secondly, how do you choose the best music?  Studies have shown that the ideal music for surgery is purely instrumental, i.e., no lyrics.  It also needs to be approximately the tempo of the healthy resting heartbeat.  Do you know what that is? 🙂  And it needs to be unfamiliar to you, so that any previous negative associations don’t barge in, and upset your subconscious.

And finally, if you find out you need surgery soon, like in the next week or so, do you really have time to put together a one-hour playlist, and make it loop,  load it onto a cordless player (and they are not easy to find!) and get permission to bring it into your hospital??  If you can, and you want to, that’s great!  And amazing!  If you don’t, and you can’t, why not order our patient-model headphones for LESS than $100.00  Just go to http://www.surgicalserenitysolutions.com/patient-products/.  You’ll be so glad you did!!

Feb Feb 16, 2017

How to Use Surgical Serenity Solutions in the Hospital

By |February 16, 2017|How-to use the Surgical Serenity Solution|0 Comments


How to use Surgical Serenity Solutions

Knowing exactly how to use Surgical Serenity Solutions in the hospitals is very important.  Sometimes I forget that just because I’ve written hundreds of blogs, articles, and Facebook stories about the Surgical Serenity Solutions preloaded headphones, doesn’t mean that everyone searching for music and surgery info even knows they exist or how they work, once purchased.

So I thought I’d do a little tutorial with pictures of the patient wearing them at every stage of the procedure.  Sooo, to your left is the patient wearing them after checking in to the surgical suite, early on the morning of the procedure.  Patient is clearly relaxed and not overly anxious about being stuck with a needle (IV insertion, anesthetized with Propofol, and probed internally with a camera and biopsies performed.


In the pre-surgery area. Gown is on, IV started and electrodes placed.

In this picture, patient has been taken back to the pre-op area, put into hospital gown, with IV inserted and electrodes attached, but, thanks to the beautiful, calming music is still smiling and not overly anxious about the procedure that is about to happen.  Nurse has already asked at least 5-10 minutes worth of questions, but patient could easily hear, because headphones are not noise cancelling,  merely muffling.  When patient is in the operating room, surgeon often has his own upbeat music, which is the opposite of what the patient needs to hear and entrain with.  Conversations, too, are often not what the patient needs to hear.



Sleeping peacefully after procedure, music still playing through headphones to entrain heart rate and breathing

Now, patient has returned from the Operating Room and is still sleeping.  The music is still playing, and although she is not consciously listening to it, she can hear it, and best of all, her heart rate and breathing are entrained or synchronized with the music, keeping her calm and relaxed until the anesthesia (propofol) wears off.





Gently awakening from surgery, alert, not nauseated, and fully oriented to time and place.

Now the patient is just beginning to awaken, alert, oriented to time and place, and best of all, with no nausea and vomiting.  Patient went home about 20 minutes after this picture was taken.

Did the proprietary music, delivered through cordless, preloaded headphones make all the difference?  Well, we think so.  Study after study has demonstrated these very things:

  • With the headphones, patient is much less anxious before the procedure and requires little or no benzodiazepines.
  • In the pre-op area, patient is shielded (sonic-ly) from other patients anxious conversations and overheard stress.
  • In the OR, patient enters in such a relaxed state that less anesthesia is required to still be asleep and comfortable.
  • Afterwards, patient awakens refreshed, not nauseous, and with little pain.  Patient is able to return home quickly and comfortably.


Jan Jan 6, 2017

New Uses Emerging for Surgical Serenity Headphones

By |January 6, 2017|New Uses for Surgical Serenity Headphones|0 Comments


New uses are emerging for Surgical Serenity Headphones.  When I had the inspiration for some pre-programmed headphones for people to wear before, during and after surgery, I was literally thinking “surgery.” And I was thinking “surgery under general anesthesia.” Since then, so many other wonderful uses have been discovered and put into use.

The first major “other” use was dentistry. The second someone asked me if they could be used at the dentist’s office, I thought “Of course! What a great idea!” Now it seems like an absolute no-brainer, but because I was working in a major med-surg hospital at that time, I was totally focused on surgery and had previously been helping surgery patients to create their own tapes and CDs.

Now, in 2017, people are using our headphones for childbirth, endoscopies, anxiety, insomnia, and fear of flying.  I am so grateful to all my readers and customers for coming to me with suggestions of other ways that the headphones could be used.  The only place that I don’t think they could be used would be a MRI machine.  Our slow, soothing music would not like be that helpful there, if you could even hear it!

In 2005, MP3s were just really beginning to take over the audio field and CDs were beginning to be old-fashioned, clunky, and unnecessary. I was attending a wonderful seminar on product innovation and information marketing with Randy Gage, Ted Nicholas, and Ian Percy, sponsored by the National Speakers Association. When the idea popped into my head to create programmable headphones with the ideal music for surgery, I barely understood what an MP3 file was!

Now we have two different pre-loaded, cordless headphones model, both extremely comfortable and able to play continuously between 8-24 hours. In addition to being full of benefits for surgery under general anesthesia, regional anesthesia or local anesthesia, patients are coming up with lots of other uses. Surgical Serenity has been successfully used for chemotherapy, radiation, ICU, CCU, Emergency Department, ambulance rides, insomnia, and of course, dental procedures of all kinds.

Order yours today at www.SurgicalSerenitySolutions.com!

Dec Dec 5, 2016

Learn about the benefits of music with surgery!

By |December 5, 2016|Benefits of music during surgery, Fear and Anxiety about Surgery|1 Comment

C-section Serenity Headphones

Benefits of music with surgery

The benefits of music with surgery are very great, but the majority of patients are not aware of them!  Nobody wants to have surgery and that’s a fact!!  I’ve had just a few procedures under the knife and with general anesthesia and it is not a pleasant experience. But now we know that using the right kind of music for the patient, before, during, and after the procedure can make a huge difference in how the patients feels, and even in how the procedure goes!

In the early 1990’s I was given the amazing opportunity to work at the University of Louisville’s School of Medicine, conducting clinical research on the healing powers of music.  It was such a dream job for me because I knew that music was powerful medicine in all kinds of situations, but my boss, Dr. Joel Elkes, said that the medical world now demanded empirical evidence that this was the case, and that I would be the one to gather this empirical evidence!  Jump to 1994 and I was told that I need back surgery for a bulging/ruptured disc.  By then, I know that I was going to have specially chosen music (by me!) to listen to before, during and after the procedure.  I asked my surgeon, Dr. Wayne Villanueva if I could bring in my Walkman with three difference cassette tapes to listen to, and he that if I could also bring a friend to change the tapes at each juncture, that would be fine.

In July, 1994, I arrived at an excellent hospital here in Louisville, KY for my surgery.  I had put together a tape of my my favorite slow, steady, soothing and comforting music for the entire procedure, ending when I was released from the recovery room.  A friend changed the tapes for me as I left pre-surgery, and again when I arrived back into the recovery room.  The doctors were amazed!  They said that my procedure was faster than expected and that I required not only less pain medication and anxiety medication, but I actually used less anesthesia!  I felt nothing of course, but I did really enjoy the music as I was wheeled into the operating room and the anesthesia began to take effect.  In no time, I was waking up in recovery with the awareness of where I was and what had happened, but without the usual nausea and dizziness/confusion/brain fog.

Jump to 2005 and a fabulous conference in Cancun, Mexico that I went to, sponsored by the National Speaker’s Association.  This was a conference on Product Innovation and this is when I came up with the idea for Surgical Serenity Solutions!  To have pre-programmed headphones for the surgical patient, ready to go and deliver beautiful music, specially chosen for surgery, is a gift that is truly priceless!  We now have models for the patient to buy as well as for the hospital to have on hand for the patients.  I hope you’ll get yours today!  Don’t wait til you need surgery?  People are now using them for dental visits, insomnia, long plane rides and many more options!  www.SurgicalSerenitySolutions.com!

Oct Oct 31, 2016

Music in the Ambulatory Surgical Center

By |October 31, 2016|Music and Ambulatory Surgery Centers|0 Comments

Anesthesia + music through headphones

Dr. Cash at BeckersASC conference in Chicago

I have just returned from a wonderful conference on Ambulatory Surgery Centers!  You know, the free-standing surgery centers that are springing up around the world to do smaller procedures such as cataract surgery, colonoscopies, and now, even joint replacements?

We have several here in Louisville and when I found out that they are usually less expensive for the patient, and have fewer restrictions (sometimes, depending on how successful they are) on expenditures.  I thought it would be a grand idea to go to this big conference in Chicago, called BeckersASC conference.

I decided to take 5 of my new “patient model” headphones with me to Chicago to give to companies and surgery centers that demonstrated a strong and sincere interest in our product.  Needless to say there was so many seriously interested companies and doctors and nurses that I gave them away quickly!  Unlike other conferences I’ve been to, this conference had many, many wonderful tracks of presentations and the people that were most receptive and enthusiastic, were the presenters at these conferences!

I learned so much about the medical side and the business side of these ambulatory surgery centers and our pre-programmed headphones fit beautifully into both sides.  The neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons thought this was a wonderful idea from the standpoint of patient anxiety and pain levels.  On the business/regulatory side of things, everyone concerned remarked that HIPAA was probably being violated with patients in these centers being separated only by a thin curtain.

I know this from personal experience recently I took  a friend for cataract surgery at the ambulatory center here.  While being prepped for surgery and in the recovery area, I could hear every word that was being said to the patients on either side of him.  He could not hear, because he had the Surgical Serenity headphones on!  When I mentioned this at the surgery center, they all nodded in agreement and admitted that it probably is a violation.

Dozens of physicians and anesthesia companies said that they will be in touch!  I’ll keep you posted!

Oct Oct 1, 2016

More about the Cloud Kits

By |October 1, 2016|The Cloud Kit|0 Comments

The Cloud Kit openbox

The Cloud Kit for hospitals

As the Cloud Kit is beginning to get some traction in hospitals around the country, I’d like to share more about the Cloud Kit.  Like all of our Surgical Serenity Solutions products, the Cloud Kit was intended to be used in the Surgical Suite.  The benefit of the Cloud Kit over individual headphones is that you have 10 ready-to-go, fully charged headsets, all in one place, and with disposable earpiece covers available in a dispenser on the side.

The headphones sit on a USB hub that keeps them charged.  These are the premium, hospital model that will play for 20-24 hours continuously.  The playlist is a little over 90 minutes and loops continuously.

Currently the Cloud Kit is being used at major hospitals in Florida, Cleveland, California and soon Texas and Chicago!!  Although created for surgery, doctors, dentists, and nurses have quickly recognized all of the other possible uses for these ingenious headphones.  The Cloud Kit is being used with a chemotherapy department at one hospital, pain management research at another, endoscopy suite and ambulatory surgery at another.

Many hospitals have purchased individual headphones to use through the entire hospitals such as the Veteran’s Hospital here in Louisville, which purchased 100 individual headphones!  Then there are the individual patients that have purchased headphones for their surgery, labor and delivery, dental procedure or whatever.

In terms of the music, it’s important to remember that the music is NOT for entertainment purposes!  The whole point of the pre-loaded music is to have music which engages RHYTHMIC ENTRAINMENT in the patient.  When this happens, the patient is quickly calmed by the slow, steady, soothing tempo of this music.  Currently it is classical piano music which lulls the patient into a state in which the vital signs of heartbeat, pulse, blood pressure and breathing are stabilized and balanced by our proprietary music.  Of course this process works with the brain to balance both hemispheres, through the corpus collosum!  Once the Surgical Serenity Solution is in more hospitals, we will create more playlists in other genres, as music that engages rhythmic entrainment can be found or created in any genre.  Stay tuned!  Exciting times!

Aug Aug 14, 2016

Dental Pain eased with Surgical Serenity

By |August 14, 2016|Dental Pain and Music|0 Comments

dentistry music

Calming down with SSS music through cordless headphones, waiting for implant procedure to start.

Dental Pain is one of the most frequently encountered pains in today’s world.  We all know that we’re supposed to go to the dentist at least twice a year, but no one really wants to go.   Who would?  Psychologists tell us that lying on your back, with a relative stranger in your face, is a very stressful position to be in anyway; then the high-pitched drill starts and your whole body tenses up, in preparation for the pain which can be excruciating at any time!  It’s a wonder that ANYONE goes to the dentist willingly!

One of the things we know about pain, and the anticipation of pain, is that it makes people tense up every muscle in their body, in preparation for fight or flight.  The problem is that when the muscles are tense, the pain is worse!  The more relaxed the body can be, the better the anesthetic will work, whether novocaine or, in the case of many dental surgeries, general anesthesia.

For decades now, dentists have been offering nitrous oxide as a way of helping patients relax but nitrous oxide brings it’s own perils.  One of the biggest is Lack of Oxygen
Lack of oxygen is the most serious Nitrous Oxide side effect. Medically known as ‘hypoxia’, it occurs when someone stops breathing or breathes too shallowly or too slowly to meet their oxygen requirements- usually because they are overly sleepy from the nitrous oxide drug sedation. While this is a very rare side effect of nitrous oxide, it does occur. The majority of the time, this reduced oxygen is caught very early, the patient is given oxygen, helped to wake up more, and there is no lasting damage. But if the hypoxia goes unnoticed for too long, then brain damage and even death HAS occurred. Again, this is a VERY rare nitrous oxide side effect, but it IS real. (see http://www.side-effects-site.com/nitrous-oxide-side-effects.html)

That is why our Surgical Serenity Solutions scientifically chosen music, through our lightweight, cordless headphones, is the ideal way, not only to relax the body, but also to greatly reduce the NOISE of the drill and other high-powered equipment being used.  If you or a family member have a dental procedure coming up, please get yourself and your family to use through the procedure.