I get asked a lot what I’m listening to while I work, when people assume a music artist and I say Binaural Beats, they are like..huh? After giving a brief explanation they are like, do they work? and how do they work? Hope this article helps answer some of the common questions for everyone.
What are Binaural Beats?
Binaural beats were discovered in 1839 by a German experimenter, H. W. Dove. Since then, there have been many experimenters continue to evolve brain wave technology with different variations of this technology.
Binaural beats are an auditory illusion perceived by the brain when two different frequencies are played in each ear to create a third sound. This third sound is not actually present but tricks the brain to have this perceived pitch correlating from a calculation of the frequency of the 2 tones.
An example would be that 250 Hz pure tone played in to the left ear and 240Hz tone played in the right ear would create the auditory illusion of this third tone at 10 Hz.
These types of auditory stimuli’s can affect the frequency bands of the cortical neural assemblies (brain activity) achieving different mental states.
What do Binaural beats do to the brain?
The oscillation using the different types of frequencies encourages brain entrainment to change the activity of the cortical neurons which can measure in different brain wave forms. The brain waves can be measured on an electroencephalogram (EEG) with the following common patterns:
-Gamma, 30 to 50 Hz (Alert and charged)
-Beta, 14 to 30 Hz (Normal waking consciousness)
-Alpha, 8 to 14 Hz (Relaxation and sleep without REM)
-Theta, 4 to 8 Hz (Deep relation to REM Sleep)
-Delta, 0.1 to 4 Hz (NREM Sleep)
Binaural beats can assist the brain to change into these wave patterns which can be extremely powerful if use correctly to change mind state.
I have found profound effects using binaural beats for deep focus, mediation, relaxation and getting into a deep sleep.
What do binaural beats sound like?
In their rarest form, they sound like a low frequency hum. Today, many variations include different types of integrated sounds and music.
I have found that the effort of engineering the sounds and music to work with the binaural beat moves my mindset in the desired state much quicker.
How to use Binaural beats?
It important to know that Binaural beats only work with headphones. What the masses won’t tell you and what I found, is they only work with certain types of headphones.
Use headphone that create a good air seal over the ear chamber. This helps resonate the frequency for a robust response. If in ear, ensure that have a perfect fit in ear rubber tips to seal the ear chamber well.
Binaural beats are not magic. If your amped up on caffeine using Binaural beats to get into a deep sleep, don’t expect a miracle. Some external factors and mindset are important going into a binaural beat session. It’s much the same when going into a meditation session.
Some of the common uses include:
- Creating Energy
- Becoming focused and alert
- Helps critical thinking and problem solving
- Stress reduction
- Anger relief
- Deep relaxation
- Headache relief
- Power naps
- Deep sleep
Does it work for everyone?
I personally have amazing affects with binaural beats and I was a skeptic when I purchased my first few programs/apps. But I get consistent result when I use binaural beats which steers me away from it being a placebo.
When I loan my Binaural Beats to others, I get amazing feedback and they generally end up purchasing a program or an app
John a colleague at work explains “when I need to get a lot done in an hour, I hit up Binaural beats with amazing results”
My wife has some of the deepest sleeps when using Binaural beats to she says its like a Digital drug.
As mentioned above, its not a miracle, but just another great tool that can enhance your life and performance.
Check out this link to see which are the best apps for Binarual Beats.