Do binaural beats really work?

Do Binaural Beats Works?

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.

do binaural beats work

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)Binaural Beats for focus

-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:Binaural Beats for relaxation and meditation

  • Creating Energy
  • Becoming focused and alert
  • Helps critical thinking and problem solving
  • Creativity
  • Stress reduction
  • Anger relief
  • Deep relaxation
  • Headache relief
  • Meditation
  • 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.


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36 Comments on Do binaural beats really work?

  1. Wow, very interesting! I seem to remember hearing something about a similar product that I did purchase called Whole Tones. But shame on me, I got the CDs and never followed up and listened to them. I spent $99 on these CDs and then never even tried them. I’m definitely going to look for some additional info on this subject – I know there have been many times, especially at work, where I could benefit from increased levels of concentration and less stress. Thanks for sharing!

  2. This is super super super interesting. I had no prior knowledge of binaural beats, but I’ll definitely be checking out the apps you linked too. I can always use a little extra encouragement when it comes to creativity/productivity. Thanks!

    • Thanks for your comment Helder. The results for creativity astounded me when I first started using BB’s. Hope they have the same effect for you.

  3. This sounds neat and something I would like to try. You mentioned it could be used to help get rid of headaches? I suffer from headaches and migraines and I would like to see if it works on headaches, although I think migraines might be to tough to get rid of but you never know! Where do you buy the programs or apps?

    • Hey Summerley, quite a few of the Binaural products have frequencies that help with headaches but I can say fore sure on the effectiveness as I haven’t used them for this reason.

  4. This is fascinating stuff. I’m always trying to find healthy ways to improve my mood or simply get my brain to do what I need it to do – focus, sleep deeply, become alert in the morning.

    I already have excellent headsets, ’cause my husband buys them for me and he’s obsessed with quality. (I’m the family cheapskate!)

    I need to try these sound files and see how they work on me. Are there any free samples available over the internet? I think if the file featured classical or new age music I would be really interested. I often amp up my productivity with files of Ottmar Liebert, Gregorian Chant or Baroque music. It really does help me stay on task. I wouldn’t mind if such music files could be made even more effective with the incorporation of these binaural beats.

    All the Best,


  5. This is really interesting stuff and I want to learn more! I have difficulty concentrating due to anxiety and I think this may help me. I like the idea that I can do this and not have to resort to medication or caffeine or anything else. This could be a great alternative to all the other unhealthy stuff out there, and I am so glad you wrote about it! Thank you for this great information.

    • Thanks for sharing your some of your difficulties Amy. Try using Binaural beats with Meditation for a sure way reduce anxiety.

  6. This stuff seems very cool and definitely something I’d want to try, thanks for sharing the apps! I installed one of your Binaural Beats App on my iPhone, I’m so curious lol!
    Thanks again and have a great day

  7. Super solid article on Binaural Beats. Always wanted to learn more about this topic.

    Wow, thats so cool, mixing two different frequencies to create a third frequency. Super neat!

    I am now officially going to be using binaural beats after seeing the effects of using it including deep focus, meditation, relaxation and getting a deep sleep. All of which are important aspects of my life.

    Wicked info about using a speciify type of headphones. Did not know about that until today.

    Thank you for this information packed article about Binaural beats. I have learnt alot in a very quick time due to it.

    Keep up the great work and i look forward to the next article!


  8. Great article. I love this concept as it really does change the mental state to another level that is way better. Great for meditation and visualization for the law of attraction. Keep up the great work 🙂

  9. Great info on binaural beats. I have read about binaural beat in your previous posts and this post gives me a better understanding about it and wanted to give it a try. where can I download the beats? Thanks

  10. Reading your posts have made me very intrigued with Binarual Beats. I”m a health coach and would love to start incorporating this as a form of therapy with a few clients. What headphones to you suggest to get? You said that there should be no form of outside noise, right?

    • Great question Linda. The headphones should create a reasonable air lock on the ear cavity. So I suggest if in ear, ensure they have perfect fit in ear rubbers or if over ear, ensure they cover the entire ear with some minor pressure.

  11. This is crazy interesting to me. I have never heard of binaural beats and now I am intrigued. Although not diagnosed with ADHD, I think I had share many of the symptoms and at times is SO hard to me to stay focused on one task… I wonder if this will help me? I’m willing to give it a shot. Thanks so much for sharing!

  12. Nice article! I have heard a little about binaural beats, but thanks for the additional info. I would love to try for anxiety, headaches, and sleep, as I am very interested in anything meditation-related that alters consciousness naturally. Thank you!

  13. Vince, thanks for posting about this! I’ve never heard of binaural beats, but I am now VERY intrigued! I’m definitely going to look into this now as I could use some more help with focus and energy….and relaxation at times!!

  14. Wow this is amazing! I would really like to try and listen to binary beats but there are so many different types and because I’m not an expert I don’t want to listen so something that will harm my brain… Is that even possible? Is listening to binary beats dangerous?

  15. I am a BIG lover of Binaural Beats. I have 3 favorites that I listen to interchangeably every morning and evening. My challenge is finding the best earphones. If you could do a post on the best earphones or headphones? Thank you.

    • Hi Ami, It’s an important thing to consider when using binaural beats and I’ll looking into putting up a post about it for you..

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