Some patients have commented on how they hear such a wide variety of musical selections in Dr. Shah’s office ranging from Beethoven to Lorde to Scooter. Who is picking the music and why such a broad range of selections?
The answer is musical selections are chosen by both patients and staff. Whenever a patient is having a procedure in the office, the staff lets the patients select a song that they feel comfortable listening to. For some patients this could be a musical concerto from Bach or could be a jazz selection from Todd Clouser. The benefits of music during procedures have been well documented. Several researchers have found that the listening of music decreased individual neuron activity of the deep brain with some patients reaching relaxation and sleep. Several other studies have found that patients recovered more quickly and had less pain.
Dr. Shah encourages the use of relaxing music but has found that some patients do not universally find “relaxing music” calming. Each of us have our own musical preferences and those preferences can influence what we deem relaxing. So when you are in the waiting room and you hear an unlikely selection being played, it might be a patient’s musical preference to relax having an in office procedure.