SSRI Withdrawal and Ear Function

Psychoactive Medications and SSRIs Harm the Ears

My very brief use of Zoloft produced an alarming mental event that I recognize now as having reduced the integration of the two halves of my brain: I had rapid total recall of streams of words in my memory with only a dim awareness that I should know what they mean, but with no ability to order them to produce coherent thought or to control the eruption. The distressing incident lasted for a couple of minutes.

Most people have been lured into thinking about the chemistry of the brain without understanding some essentials about the physics of neurology. Even those opposed to the use of SSRIs continue to ruminate about serotonin and dopamine in the brain. The ignorance among doctors and psychiatrists pertaining to the ear’s control of the body’s neurology and of its organs and systems is widespread. However, knowledge about the ear’s influence on the nervous system has been available to researchers for half a century. I found it and built on it.

The rise of pharmaceutical “easy answers” obviated the search for the origins of certain kinds of behaviour. We now have a state of psychiatric patient care that is like walking into a dark house while knowing about the chemistry of light as fire, but not about the physics of electricity. As Robert Whitaker [1] informs us, psychoactive medications have increased hugely the incidence of mental illness. In my opinion, neuroscience and psychiatry are trying to illuminate the house by setting fire to the flammable objects and fluids available. They may be able to strike a spark and get light, but the house will suffer and the homeowner may suffocate. Other alternative strategies may (or may not) open curtains to let in more light (e.g., vitamins and exercise) or call in extraordinary light sources (e.g., hyperbaric oxygen). Few realize they could use high-frequency music to turn on the lights. Music is not a soothing way of surviving in the dark. It utilizes the physics of neurology to turn on the main switch, restoring the source of sound energy to the brain via the right ear. We are familiar with light-sensitive electrical gadgets. The ear is a sound-sensitive gadget composed of muscle, bone, and other tissues that convert sound energy into electrical energy in the nervous system. If you tune into music by singing and listening to high-frequency music, you are likely to activate the main switch, the existing wiring will work, the lights and appliances will turn on, and you won’t have to struggle to survive in smoke-filled rooms damaged in other ways by the chemical fires. Music is the obvious, natural way to repair and maintain a nervous system that carries electrical impulses at the speed of sound.

How does that work?

High-frequency music exercises the stapedius muscle in the middle ear affecting the inner ear that profoundly impacts the body’s neurology. The middle and inner ear, acting as a “microchip,” affects most body systems, including and especially the “control panel” in the left cerebral hemisphere. If the muscle is too severely damaged, it may not be recoverable. However, Daniel’s recovery from at least eight drug-induced episodes of schizophrenia, which at first were heavily medicated as well, gives reason for hope to those who have been harmed by their psychoactive medications, as well as to those who have been harmed by street drugs. The spontaneous recoveries and partial recoveries of the subjects of this study are further reasons for optimism. This study revealed that the symptoms of people in withdrawal from SSRIs, and their residual symptoms, are identical to the symptoms of people who have been healed with high-frequency music and whose symptoms were described as dyslexia, chronic fatigue, depression, OCD, bipolarity, or schizophrenia. The chances are great that high-frequency music could greatly accelerate the SSRI withdrawal and recovery process. When you consider that many of the reasons for the prescribing of SSRIs are symptoms (listed in Appendix A) that have been shown to be responsive to music, it seem likely that music may heal those symptoms when they are caused by SSRIs.

Because Daniel’s schizophrenia was drug- and medication-induced, my discoveries—made through his episodes of impairment—bridge a gap in the work of Tomatis and of Bérard. They also have given me insights into SSRI discontinuation syndrome. The full study of 107 subjects who discontinued (stopped taking) SSRIs, their withdrawal symptoms and their residual symptoms is available at:

[1] Robert Whitaker elaborates on the damage done to people by SSRIs and other psychoactive medications in Anatomy of an Epidemic (New York: Crown, 2010).
See also the informative blog of Bob Fiddaman at

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