Since the first note was played or sung, music has been used to set the mood, or tell a story. Music can remind you of smells, sounds, tastes, events, emotions and physical states. Music is often significant in life in so many ways. The Ritmo Pregnancy Sound Belt is designed to deliver sound to your baby while in the womb.
This comfortable belt is worn during the latter months of pregnancy to deliver simple music tones believed to stimulate and calm developing brain cells during pre-natal months. According to its designers, delivering music at the womb provides certain cognitive benefits that are believed to lay stronger foundations for learning and bonding.
Research shows that listening to music while in the womb has a stimulating effect on your baby’s brain. It is also associated with later learning and cognitive development. A baby in the womb can hear sounds from approximately 20 weeks after conception.
Auditory impulses are key to structuring communication through speech, movement and expression. The use of music enhances quality of life, wellness, education, creativity and emotional expression. Simply put, there is nothing more important than music for the developing brain. Music helps children develop intellectually in many areas. As a child listens, taps along and eventually sings along, he or she is actively focusing on patterns, which stimulate the brain and body simultaneously.
Theorists believe that symptoms in children and adults including attention deficits, learning disabilities, autism, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, anxiety, chronic pain and many more are all directly a result of an imbalance of electrical activity in the brain. Flooding or absence of sound has done little to infer direct causality with these problems.
Binaural beats is viewed as brain generated sound that through two ears delivers spatial sound capabilities. Oster (1973) saw binaural beats as a powerful tool for cognitive and neurological research, addressing questions such as how animals locate sounds in their three-dimensional environment, and also the remarkable ability of animals to pick out and focus on specific sounds in a sea of noise through selective attention as noted in the cocktail party effect (Broadbent and Cherry 1953).
Yet the brain does have inherent music tied to various levels of alertness and consciousness. MIT Research (2011) has observed several brain waves of different frequencies in humans and other animals. Lead author Graybiel and graduate student Mark Howe decided to examine if they could link these rhythms to changes in brain state that accompany learning. These frequencies are associated with attention and learning, some unconscious. For example, REM (rapid eye movement) dream sleep has been studied and cites ample evidence for creating long term memories with stronger links, believed to help with some academic proficiencies.
Will music during pregnancy help you child develop well throughout the life span? What adults determine as music may not be yet perceivable in the womb. Different sounds and intonations may help in developing prime mood and attention dispositions.
Empirical evidence is mostly anecdotal. Wearing the Ritmo Pregnancy Sound System Belt might reap benefits to your baby’s brain development. The strength really lies in the belief that music can promote your child’s well-being. The strength of the Ritmo is that the sound module can be used several months after your baby is born. That way, exposure is a constant continuum that the child will learn to love and grow to.