What are Binaural Beats?
Quick answer:Binaural Beats are an auditory response to specific soundwaves capable of changing the brains dominant frequency.
Long answer:Binaural beats are unique “auditory artifacts” that are “heard” only in the brain. Binaural beats alter the dominant brainwave frequency of the mind in a process researchers call frequency follows response. By altering ones brainwave frequencies one may effectively go into what has been labeled as an alpha, theta, beta, gamma or delta state. Each brain state has been associated with a different state of consciousness; for example, generally the alpha state is associated with relaxation and calmness, and delta is associated with healing deep sleep.
How are Binaural Beats made?
Binaural beats are produced when two tones of slightly different frequencies are played separately in each ear. When the brain comes into contact with two slightly different tones a binaural beat is produced that is the average and difference between the two original tones. For example, a 100 Hz tone and a 110 Hz tone will form a 105 Hz tone pulsating 10 times per second. One may effectively “hear” a binaural beat, with the aid of stereo headphones, by playing two similar tones in each ear. By altering the tone in each ear a new binaural beat may be heard.
What are Binaural Beats used for?
Binaural Beats can be used to change the predominant brain wave frequency in a process called brain wave entrainment. By changing the predominant brain wave frequency one may feel any number of effects including:
- Stress reduction
- Change in consciousness
- Feeling of “oneness”
- Detached awareness
- An improvement in health
- Increased memory functioning
- Increased focus
- Increased creativity
- Increased intuitive knowledge
- and more!
What is my experience with binaural beats?
I have been meditating with binaural beats off and on for years and I have found that when I meditate with binaural beats I am able to go “deeper” in my meditation much faster. Binaural beats do actually work! Each person is affected by binaural beats differently; some people quickly notice the effects of binaural beats while some take a little longer to feel the effects. Honestly, I haven’t met a person yet who hasn’t been pleasantly surprised at the power of binaural beats.
Do Binaural Beats help with meditation?
Yes. Binaural beats can be very helpful in getting into deep meditative states. Researchers have found that long time meditators (over 40 years) go into a theta or delta brainwave pattern when meditating. By using Binaural Beats you can also go into these brain states quickly, and effectively.
Is using Binaural Beats to go deeper in meditation cheating?
I get asked this question quite a lot actually, and it really depends on your own beliefs. I find binaural beats to be extremely effective for me and do not place any judgments on my method. I treat this technology as just one tool in my meditation toolbox. I can choose to meditate with binaural beats whenever I like. In fact the more I use binaural beats the more I don’t need to use them. After some time of using them I find that I am able to go into the same brain states without using my binaural beats. Binaural beats have a nice in that they are anti-habit forming; that is, the more one uses binaural beats the more your brain develops new neuro-connections. After these connections become strong and permanent, which mean that you actually don’t need to use binaural beats to achieve the same functioning of the mind.
Technical Questions and Problems
What format are the Binaural Beats in?
All our Binaural Beats are in 256k MP3 format to keep the highest quality possible.
How Do I Burn My New Binaural Beat Recording To CD
If you are using iTunes simply create a new playlist drop your recording in the playlist and click the burn button on the bottom right of the screen. Consult iTunes Help for more information.
How Do I Put My New Binaural Beat On My iPod
Simply Drag Your Binaural Beat to your iTunes Library or correct playlist and connect your iPod, iTunes should do the rest. Consult iTunes Help for more information.
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- The most famous research on Binaural Beats is this Oster article: Oster G (1973). “Auditory beats in the brain”. Sci. Am. 229 (4): 94â€“102. Oster Article.
- The most recent article on Binaural Beats can be found here: ahbeh H, Calabrese C, Zwickey H (2007). “Binaural beat technology in humans: a pilot study to assess psychologic and physiologic effects”. Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.) 13 (1): 25â€“32. doi:10.1089/acm.2006.6196 PMID 17309374
- Here is a University Thesis which reviews the most recent Binaural Beat literature, it was done by one student. Review of Binaural Beats on Coma Recovery
- For a very comprehensive list of Scientific Articles on Binaural Beats see this WikiPedia Page