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How to Use Wireless Headphones for Surgery

For over fifty years, surgeons have been using music in the operating room. This is not widely know however and when most people are informed that they will be needing to have surgery, using music is not the first thing that comes to mind.

In the last decade there have been dozens of articles online and in newspapers, magazines and journals talking about the use of music during surgery and especially talking about people bringing their iPods into surgery. There has also been quite a bit of news about the doctors themselves playing music during surgery. Don Campbell's famous book, "The Mozart Effect" attributes "surgeons toting boom-boxes into surgery" to my lectures and ezines.

The fields of music therapy, holistic nursing, anesthesiology and others have contributed ample research documenting that when people listen to slow, steady, soothing music during surgery, the overall outcome is probably going to be enhanced. Some of the benefits can be:

- stabilized blood pressure
- stabilized heart rate
- stabilized body temperature

Resulting in:

- less anesthesia required to keep patient asleep
- less anxiety medication because patient is calmed by favorite music
- less pain medication required in recovery because favorite music is releasing endorphins and dopamine.

Of course we all know that new ideas inevitably go through four stages:

1. ridicule
2. some acceptance
3. widespread acceptance
4. treated as the norm

We are probably at Stage 2 with this idea. How do we get it to Stage 3? Just think about your own reaction to calming or energizing favorite music and, while you're listening, ask yourself "would I enjoy hearing this through my iPod or some cordless headphones during surgery? If your answer is yes, then I encourage you to get your headphones, iPod or playlist ready now.

As always, please feel free to contact me if I can help you in any way.

About Author Dr. Alice Cash: Helping people to use music for Healing and Wellness. Dr. Cash stresses the use of music for health, learning, motivation, relaxation, energy building, or well-being. She is known internationally for her work with music and pregnancy, surgery, addictions, and Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Cash can be reached through Healing Music Enterprises. (www.healingmusicenterprises.com)

To learn more about the "Surgical Serenity Headphones" click here!

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