This is an exciting era in the field of Music Medicine and Music Therapy! Researchers are actively conducting studies and numerous clinical trials are underway in hospitals across the globe. While patients have always recognized the calming and healing effects of music, scientists now seek solid data to support this phenomenon.
The Age-Old Healing Power of Music
Throughout history, music has been a cherished and time-tested means to soothe both the mind and body. Its therapeutic potential is undeniable, but in today’s world, empirical evidence is crucial to substantiate music as a legitimate therapeutic modality. Anecdotal accounts, though valuable, fall short of meeting the rigorous demands of scientific scrutiny.
In order to make a well-researched decision about giving a patient personal, pre-loaded headphones, or music through speakers in the room,
You need to know:
- What kind of music patients need
- For how long they need this music
- How the music should be delivered, i.e. through headphones or speakers in the room
The questions that I deal with frequently are:
- Why should I have my own music that I chose, through headphones when the surgeon has already chosen the music he thinks is best?
- Why can’t I choose the music that I want to hear during my surgery?
- Why is it so important to have preloaded headphones?
In 2019 I wrote a book specifically to answer these questions. You can find it on Amazon.com in paperback or Kindle format. I also answer many of these questions on my YouTube channel. (While you’re visiting my YouTube channel, please subscribe!)
Recently a study came out showing the many benefits of music with heart surgery. Anxiety reduction was the primarily goal and the study demonstrated a significant benefit to the patients.
Much of the information online today shows a patient wearing headphones. Although the patient on the left is wearing headphones that have a cord, we provide headphones that are cordless and are pre-loaded with the soothing, therapeutic playlist of YOUR choice. We understand now that individual headphones for patients are important. The personal headphones with therapeutic music create a sonic cocoon that music through speakers in a large room cannot provide.
For surgery, especially, the patient needs to be protected from conversations that slip into the subconscious and create unnecessary anxiety. So many patients report that, even under anesthesia, they hear the medical team talk about potentially negative outcomes of the surgery, or worse yet, conversations that were not related to the patient or surgery at all!
If you’re ready to order our headphones for YOUR hospital, go to www.surgicalserenitysolutions.com/hospitalheadphones.