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Binaural Beat Uses

Updated on May 7, 2013

What Are Binaural Beats

They are powerful frequency's of sound (called hertz) that help your brain get into the proper state (brain waves) to help you relax, heal, and explore your mind.

They are not some sort of hallucination drug or hypnosis. I know that I can get quite wary around things that play with my mind but these are not things that play with your mind. They are thing that help your mind play.

Picture the many different states you go through in a day. You wake up relaxed and then become alert and aware. During the middle of the day you may become tired and drowsy. Then later on you become more alert and active. Then you relax and unwind watching TV or reading a book. Maybe you go for a walk and become more alert...you see where I'm going with this. Your brain is always going from calm to alert and everywhere in between. Binaural beats can help your brain go to calm much quicker than you can do it yourself.

So How Do These Help You?

Well because the human brain goes through many frequency cycles during the day we know that different frequencies produce different effects to the human brain.

It has been discovered that the brains receiving and operation frequency can be altered by sound waves. Natural aids at it's best.

Many of the most powerful brain frequencies are less thatn 20 Hz. Hertz are a unit of frequency.

Since the ear itself does not respond to frequencies below 20 Hertz we can use Binaural Beats to create the desired effect we are trying to reach.

How it works it that you put your headphones on and coming into your right ear will be a frequency of 308 Hz and in your left ear will be a frequency of 300 Hz. So your brain is drawn towards the difference between the two which is the beat frequency of 8 Hz. Voila!

So what does 8 Hz mean?

Well when you are in the 4-7 Hz range, which are Theta waves, you are in the range associated with deep meditation, REM sleep, and dreams.

When you are in the 7-13 Hz range, which are Alpha waves, you are in the range associated with relaxation. This would be a before bed and after bed drowsiness.

When you are in the >40 Hz range, which are Gamma waves, you are awake alert and probably in the high point of your day.

You see how they can help you go from >40 to 8 quicker than you could yourself. Think of you lunch breaks actually being relaxing from beginning to end and not just two minutes before you have to go back!

The entire range of Alpha and Theta frequencies between 5-12 Hz have been tested extensively in several studies. It was concluded that a specific combination of frequencies consistently caused a Shift In Consciousness!

Other Types of Brain Entrainment

Monaural Beats- This technology uses two tones of equal intensity which result in a crisp and clean sound. Unlike Binaural Beats, Monaural beats are easier on your brain because there is no need to balance the tones and your mind does not need adjusting time. Monaural Beats use a single tone that pulses on and off in specific patterns, which is tuned specifically for the frequencies that produce the desired effect.

Isochronic Tones- If you are looking for the most effective type of brainwave entrainment, Isochronic Tones are the way to go. Isochronic Tones also use equal intensity tones, but the pulse speed is greater, causing the brain to synchronize with the rhythm. In 1999, Thomas Budzynski Ph.D. published a case in the Journal of Neurotherapy which showed that a group of 8 college students increased their GPA with the use of audio brainwave stimulation, and their GPA continued to increase even after the brainwave entrainment was finished....

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    • Relationshipc profile imageAUTHOR

      Kari 

      8 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Cool - I'll have to check that out.

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      dragonbear 

      8 years ago from Essex UK

      Interesting hub. Tibetan singing bowls are said to aid meditation, relaxation and even out of body experiences by highly trained and experienced monk practitioners. They are tuned to various notes and have a range of frequencies; maybe of a similar nature to those you describe.

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