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What are binaural beats?

Binaural beats refer to the audio effect created when two slightly different audio tones are heard simultaneously by the left and right ears. The effect causes brain wave patterns to be entrained, or modified.

 

How do binaural beats work?

Each sound frequency produces a different type of wave, with different effects on the brain’s natural waves. With binaural beats, a different sound frequency is sent to each ear through headphones. The frequency difference between the two tones determines which binaural beat is produced. When you listen to a specific binaural beat pattern, your brain responds by modifying the natural brain wave cycle in a specific way, called entrainment, which alters your sensory experience to make you feel more relaxed or more stimulated. For example, if a frequency of 200 Hz is sent to the left ear and 205 Hz to the right, in response the brainwaves will start to vibrate at 5 Hz. This encourages or entrains Theta wave activity and promotes a deep, dream-like state.

 

Why do we need binaural beats?

When we are engaged in activities like meditation or daydreaming, or if we are focused on a highly creative task and in a deep trance-like state, low brainwaves are generated. However, modifying or entraining our brain waves by simply listening to a particular frequency is difficult, if not impossible. Although a calming or soothing sound can make us feel relaxed, it does not alter brain waves the way binaural beats does. Binaural beats actually trick the brain into producing a low frequency, allowing the listener to effectively enter a modified state of consciousness on command.

 

How do brain waves work?

Our brains always operate at certain audio frequencies, generating waves that are measured in Hertz (Hz). The Hz speed determines our wake/sleep levels. Waves range from the fastest, Gamma, when we are wide awake and alert, to the slowest, Delta, when we are in deep, dreamless sleep.

* Less than 4 Hz: Delta waves. This is the deepest sleep phase, with no dreams. Binaural beats in this frequency foster profound, deep relaxation and loss of body awareness.

* 4 to 7 Hz: Theta waves. Asleep, but with dreams and REM sleep. Binaural beats in this frequency encourage a deeply relaxed but more active brain state that allows sensations such as astral projection.

* 7 to 13 Hz: Alpha waves. Awake, but deeply relaxed. Binaural beats in this frequency promote the drowsy state experienced while falling asleep.

* 13 to 40 Hz: Beta waves. Actively awake, thinking, concentrating, using brain cognition and memory. Binaural beats in this frequency encourage thinking and concentrating and reasoning.

* Greater than 40 Hz: Gamma waves. Maximum mental activity and alertness, fight-or-flight. Binaural beats in this frequency promote a high level of mental acuity to help with complex problem-solving and perception.

 

Do binaural beats permanently alter my brain waves?

Our brain waves are altered naturally all of the time by factors we are not even consciously aware of. Using binaural beats allows us to control that activity and use it to our benefit. The positive effects of binaural beats, however, can be long-lasting and permanent.

 

What are binaural beats used for?

Binaural beats allow the listener to bypass the conscious mind and harness the power of the unconscious mind. By listening to brain wave audio tuned to specific binaural beat frequencies, you can access the healing state of deep relaxation or stimulate the brain in particular ways. In general, binaural beats are known to relieve stress, improve ability to fall asleep, enhance the quality of sleep, provide pain relief, and promote an overall sense of good health and happiness.

Not only are binaural beats used to improve wellbeing, they help tap into areas of the brain we may not be consciously using. This can result in increased creativity, better focus, clearer thinking, and improved memory. Ongoing research continues to reveal more and more potential uses of binaural beats.

 

How do binaural beats heal?

During the deepest stages of sleep, our body utilizes its regenerative abilities. The same happens during times of deep relaxation, which rejuvenates and energizes the brain, preparing it for more intense activity. Under prolonged stress the brain experiences extended flight-or-fight response. This causes mental, physical, and emotional damage and leaves us vulnerable to illness. Relaxation reverses that damage and allows the brain, and the body, time to heal. By using binaural beats we force our brain to rejuvenate itself, which not only heals, but provides an energy boost.

 

Do binaural beats damage the brain?

Binaural beats are completely safe for the majority of people. In a few situations, however, they should not be used: any person suffering seizures or epilepsy, those who are photosensitive, or pregnant women and children. They also need to be used responsibly. Do not listen to binaural beats in any situation where falling asleep could be dangerous – such as driving or operating machinery.

 

Who discovered binaural beats?

Binaural beats were first discovered in 1839 by Heinrich Wilhelm Dove, but it wasn’t until 1973 that Gerald Oster pulled different pieces of research together to identify the medical potential of binaural beats. His research showed ways that audio signals entrain the brain, identified gender differences in perception, and advanced the knowledge of how binaural beats could be used in treatment of neurological conditions.

 

What are some specific conditions binaural beats can treat?

Research indicates that binaural beats may be useful in treating a wide range of medical conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, attention deficit disorder (ADD), anxiety, hair loss, and skin ailments. They have been successfully used for weight loss, chronic pain, addiction treatment, and learning and IQ improvement. New treatment uses are continually being discovered.

 

What about binaural beats and altered mind states?

Binaural beats can be used to experience many different altered mind states: psychic awareness, telepathy, extra-sensory perception (ESP), lucid dreaming, out-of-body or astral projection, and hypnosis.

 

Are there any Contra-indications of Binaural beats?

If you are known case of seizures, photosensitivity, auditory ailments, or adverse mental condition(s), do not listen to Binaural beats CDs/MP3s without first consulting certified health care provider. One should not listen to binaural beats while driving vehicles or operating any heavy machineries

 

How do brain waves change brain chemistry?

When the brain is in Theta wave state (asleep or deep meditation) sodium and potassium ratios are reset. This chemical balance is extremely important as it allows osmosis, or the transfer of chemicals in and out of brain cells. After extended Beta or Gamma periods of intense wakefulness, potassium and sodium ratios are depleted and out of balance, leading to mental fatigue. Even a short period of 10 or 15 minutes in Theta state can restore the balance and refresh the brain.

 

How does Binaural beats Brainwave therapy improve life?

BRC’s music is powered by superior sound technology known as Harmonic Superimposition of Binaural Beat Frequencies. After a lot of research, every audio program has been designed so as to ensure the group of neurons (cells of the human brain) obey and work the messages techno-spiritually entered into the brain. The five different states of Brainwaves (namely Alpha, Beta, Delta, Theta and Gamma) carry their own unique properties to bring homeostasis.

 

What does entrainment mean?

Powerful brain can solve any queries and make a person stable even in adverse conditions. This is what is needed as to avoid depression, anxiety and tension –three major villains of the mankind. Even health experts in psychology and medical domain believe that most of the health ailments occur due to weak brain and mental instability. Regular practice of listening to Brainwave therapies recording would certainly bring positive attitude and empower the brain to overcome any issue in life.

 

How often must I use binaural beats for them to be effective?

Brain entrainment occurs even with very short periods of use. It doesn’t matter if you use an extensive program over a long period of time, or just use binaural beats for a short time every day or whenever you feel that you need them. They will be effective no matter how often you use them. You don’t have to use them every day for them to work. Each individual experience is different.

 

Do I have to believe in binaural beats for them to work?

Like anything, the power of the mind is harnessed when you focus it. Confidence and belief in any form of therapy can make it more effective. Binaural beats will alter your brain waves regardless of whether you believe in them or not. But if you believe that binaural beats are having a desired positive effect, the effect will be enhanced.

 

Do I need to listen through stereo headphones for binaural beats to work?

That’s the best way. You might get some benefits if you have a good audio stereo system, but the brain does not respond as well unless it hears the tones directly into the ears simultaneously.

 

Can I get hooked? Is it like a drug?

No, and no. Binaural beats are not a drug and you cannot get hooked. There is no physiological mechanism involved in altering brain waves that could cause addiction. Although you might find you enjoy the experience so much that you want to do it all the time, most users only listen to binaural beats when they need to achieve a particular state of relaxation.

 

I’ve heard binaural beats called a digital drug. Can I get high using them?

Anything that alters brain chemistry and brain waves has the potential to alter your perceptions, and a “high” is a very personal experience. Research, however, has not shown any effects from binaural beats that mimic a drug high.

 

Do the effects wear off after a while?

Of course. Your brain has an amazing ability to adapt, and it will adjust to the entrainment in the same way you adapt to exercise. The effects on the brain waves are temporary. If you find you are not getting the same effects from a particular binaural beat after a while, just listen to a different one. Remember, it’s all about tricking your mind to change a brain wave pattern. But even though brain waves will return to a different state, the positive effects do not disappear.

 

What about binaural beats and depression?

Binaural beats have been found effective in treating depression for several reasons. One is related to deep relaxation, which promotes healing of mind and body. Another is related to specific frequencies. Delta frequencies, for example, provide feelings of unity, while Theta helps insomnia. Frequencies in the Gamma range promote the release of serotonin and endorphins, which are brain chemicals that enhance mood and lift depression. Depression is also worsened by stress, the constant fight-or-flight mode, and binaural beats provide relief from that state. Finally, listening to binaural beats relaxes, calms and clears the mind, providing an opportunity to work through negative mental states associated with depression at a deep subconscious level.

 

What are some of the potential future uses of binaural beats?

Research shows potential in stimulation of hormonal production, which can modulate endorphins and dopamine. These are important brain neurotransmitters related to emotions, and dopamine deficiency is linked to Parkinson’s disease and development of addictions. Other research has considered the use of binaural beats to promote and improve learning and memory retention. Some research has been done into using binaural beats to recover repressed memories.

 

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