Track 1 – Sound & Health

The assumption that the environment is an essential part in recovery from disease has gained increasing attention among healthcare professionals. Scientific findings showing that environmental sources, such as air quality, lightening, sound, music and architecture can improve recovery and well-being in clinical settings have led to new ways of thinking about the lay-out of health facilities. Music intervention in particular have received extensive scientific interest. The session will focus on state of the art research into how music can be used to improve health and general well-being.


“From brain research to clinical applications of music”
by Kira Vibe Jespersen, Center for Music in the Brain, MSc., Ph.D, Postdoctoral Researcher

Through the ages music has been used for health purposes all over the world. Modern neuroscience has enabled us to disentangle some of the mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of music. In this presentation, Kira Vibe Jespersen will give an introduction to how music is processed in the brain and how we may use these effects to improve health. She will give examples from recent research into the use of music to alleviate pain and improve sleep quality.

“The greater picture of music, noise, sound and health with EVOTION”
by Niels Pontoppidan, Eriksholm Research Centre, PhD, Research Area Manager, Augmented Hearing Science at Oticon

Sound affects our health in many and sometimes opposite ways. We know that prolonged exposure to environmental noise disturbs sleep and affects the health. Likewise, exposure to overly loud noise or music damages hearing which may cause hearing problems and social withdrawal later in life. On the other hand, sound is a prerequisite to enjoy music and verbal communication which both can influence health in a positive way. The H2020 project EVOTION provides insight into peoples’ sound environments and could allow for monitoring of social interaction without eavesdropping and monitoring and prevention of noise induced hearing loss.