Originally conceived in the late “70’s” as a way to prevent hearing loss without losing the feel, high fidelity tactile sound has been used by the military for recreating the vibrational signature for air craft and ground vehicle virtual training in million dollar F-18A, Apache helicopter and Bradley tank multimedia simulators.  Also used to add multi-sensory integration at Disney and Universal Studios theme parks, ultra high end home theaters and automotive applications. Used for vibration phase cancellation at Boeing aircraft manufacturing facility and in Boeing jetliner museum to recreate actual taxi and flight sensations in a grounded aircraft.

Currently being used as a tool to work with behavior modification programs at public schools.  Tennessee School for the Blind has been using a tactile sound floor for over 15 years as a tool for behavior modification and communication.  The Olympic Synchronized Swim Team and Cirque de Soleil uses yet another derivation of this design to provide under water sound to its under water ballerina’s and to provide a music massage in hot tubs.

I have personally witnessed a woman delivered from the grasp of Alzheimer’s just by listening to old music in one of my high fidelity tactile sound chairs.

Many studies have been done on the healing and restorative aspects of VAT (Vibro Acoustic Therapy). I have listed a number of these studies on this site under Clinical Trials and have recently begun collaboration with Swedish scientist Olav Skille, a pioneer in the science of Vibro Acoustic Therapy.  A number of these studies are peer reviewed and found on the pubmed.gov  website.

All this from a concept meant to prevent hearing loss, entertain, simulate reality and stimulate the senses.

As I hone my social media skills to see what is the best way to get the word out I will keep this blog updated to reflect those discoveries.

Here’s to a new journey,

Tom Fenner