It has been scientifically proven that listening to music helps increase people's dopamine (happiness neurotransmitters) levels by as much as 9%, and as such there is such a thing as music therapy.

Would one be allowed to listen to music for therapeutic purposes during sefira and the three weeks?

Let's assume that there are no doctors' orders, and that a capella doesn't have the same effect.

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    Isn't that the point of the ban? It's a period of mourning, we want to feel the loss that occurred during this time. Commented Apr 24, 2017 at 19:22
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    So we're talking something medical? Then why wouldn't it be permitted? Commented Apr 24, 2017 at 19:28
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    – Double AA
    Commented Apr 24, 2017 at 20:40
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    "Someone who needs music therapy probably has some severe mental illness that the music can help with" if you are only talking about treatment for someone severely mentally ill, you should specify that in the question.
    – mevaqesh
    Commented Apr 25, 2017 at 3:40
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    Who says it's ossur to listen to music during sefira?
    – Yehoshua
    Commented Apr 26, 2017 at 23:48

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R’ Shlomo Zalman Auerbach (Halichos Shlomo, Sefiras Haomer 11:n14) writes that one who will become overly upset without music may listen to recordings. (source)

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