The Listening Program Musically Helps The Brain

Published on: 2019/10/03


Music impacts brain function and behavior. At Comprehensive Rehab, we use The Listening Program®, a music listening method designed to improve brain health as part of our occupational therapy programs.

The Listening Program (TLP) involves listening to acoustically-modified instrumental music to assist with symptoms in the diagnosis of ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, autism, and developmental delays.


TLP is designed to benefit most anyone. Its applications are wide-ranging, from rehabilitation to wellness and peak performance.

Through The Listening Program, participants improve how they perceive, process and respond to the flood of sensory information in the environment.

The brain is musical

Neuroscience research shows when we listen to music, virtually the whole brain is involved.

According to TLP, Music listening not only involves the auditory areas of the brain, but also engages large-scale neural networks including:

  • prefrontal cortex
  • motor cortex
  • sensory cortex
  • auditory cortex
  • visual cortex
  • cerebellum
  • hippocampus
  • amygdala
  • nucleus accumbens,
  • corpus callosum
  • autonomic nervous system
  • vestibular system
  • enteric nervous system

Music used by The Listening Program is arranged and recorded in High Definition (HD) sound by world-class musicians.

Original recordings are offered at 24-bit 192 kHz HD, the highest music recording quality - which means it sounds most like a live performance.

As a result, “It contains more depth, detail, dimension, and emotion than other recording methods capturing the detail of the harmonics that give the music its’ sound color or ‘timbre.’ This improves the ability to distinguish the sound of each instrument, which affords the listener more opportunity to benefit from listening,” said The Listening Program.

Using headphones, participants will listen to a personalized program of evidence-based music soundtracks.


The musical structure provides a sound contrast needed to train and improve sound perception for better brain performance.

The Listening Program participants report benefits including:

  • Shaper memory and thinking
  • More creativity
  • Better focus and attention
  • Improved auditory processing
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Reduce stress
  • Better planning and organizational skills

The Listening Program has been offered to thousands of individuals by trained providers in more than 35 countries.

For more information about The Listening Program, contact Comprehensive Rehab. Comprehensive Rehab has Iowa locations in ClintonDavenportMuscatine, and Maquoketa