I have recently spent a large portion of my time researching and reading interesting articles about how the senses work and the brain mechanisms behind it all.

During this time I came across the work of Thomas Edison who we owe our music listening pleasure to. He was hard of hearing and had been interested in speech and sound development which led him to identify that sounds create vibrations.

Sounds and vibrations:

Edison realised that specific sounds created consistent and specific movements across a diaphragm-like surface, which is very similar to how our ears work.

He then worked on recording the sound vibrations onto surfaces that were durable and could sustain numerous play-backs hence the invention of the phonograph, gramophone and vinyl records.

Who would have thought that the unique way in which the sensory systems work could contribute to ingenious inventions and revolutions in industry?

Imagine if we could be more in tune with our own sensory systems and use this information to enhance our daily performance!

Watch a YouTube video about the invention of the phonograph here.

Nicole Kayton is a Specialist Sensory Intelligence® Facilitator for Parents and Teachers. She holds a BSc in Occupational Therapy from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is passionate about working with children and assisting them to reach their potential.


She is also part of our Gauteng-based Senses in Education team that regularly facilitates various Teacher Training and Parenting Workshops as part of the Sensory Intelligence® offering.