The healing power of sound has been used in many cultures for thousands of years. In ancient times it was known to elicit altered states and emotional responses designed to improve health and well-being. The first known use of music as a healing tool came from the Australian Aborigines, who used the didgeridoo more than 40,000 years ago.
In more recent times, scientific studies have shown music therapy to reduce pain and anxiety, help stroke patients improve their motor and cognitive functions, lower blood pressure, improve mood, and much more. When we hear the rain falling as we drift off to sleep, the waves breaking along the shore, or the wind rustling the leaves of nearby trees, we develop a sense of peace. Our favorite song can take us from a place of melancholy to serenity. These reactions are in response to sound.
With the advent of three-dimensional audio, the possibilities in immersive sound therapy grew exponentially. With the right surround sound system design, your home in Hawaii can promote health and wellness. In fact, homes on the Big Island, including those in Kailua-Kona and Kamuela, are using their surround sound systems and home theaters to immerse their families in sound therapy and also enjoy the latest blockbusters. Let’s see how it’s done.
In the last decade, sound system technologies like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X took surround sound to the next level with 3D audio. They deliver an immersive soundstage with 360 degrees of object-based audio that places the listener in a bubble of sound for a realistic listening experience. You’re no longer sitting in a chair or lying on a chaise lounge. Instead, you’re in the middle of the Amazon, in the eye of a storm, or on a mountain peak with the wind rushing all around you.
Our certified technicians strategically install in-wall and in-ceiling speakers to create this immersive sound field. We consider the seating, acoustic paneling, and projectors and screens that create lifelike images, with everything coming together into an immersive cinematic experience.
While we have long known the benefits of music and sound on emotional, mental, and physiological states, we didn’t always consider the quality of that sound. One reminder that has come out of the advent of spatial audio and its effect on humans is the importance of high-resolution audio. The decoding required by the human brain when listening to poorly processed audio results in anxiety, stress, and diminished physical and mental performance.
Already, companies are creating therapeutic spatial audio content to help improve sleep and reduce anxiety. Hospitals are creating Wellness Rooms with spatial audio to help frontline healthcare workers relieve stress. You can turn your home theater into a retreat with immersive surround sound and a big screen filled with scenes from nature. Instantly, you’re transported to oceans, deserts, or forests.
Whether you’re ready to create a wellness retreat or simply enjoy an immersive cinematic experience, Pacific Audio & Communications can help. To schedule a complimentary consultation, contact PAC today.