The world is going faster and faster, we have more pressure and we feel more overwhelmed. That is why more and more people are looking for the most effective methods to combat that stress and anxiety and improve their mental well-being. And in that search is where Binaural Beats appear. A tool that promises to help us achieve states of deep relaxation, concentration and ultimately improve our mental health.
Imagine being able to positively influence your thought patterns and emotions simply by listening to music!
Get ready to tune your mind and join me in this post, where we will discover the power of Binaural Beats and biohacking.
What are Binaural Beats?
Binaural Beats (BB) are an auditory phenomenon that occurs when two tones of slightly different frequencies are presented to each ear. The brain perceives the difference between these two frequencies as a third tone, which is the frequency of the difference between the two original tones. For example, if a 300 Hz tone is presented to one ear and a 310 Hz tone is presented to the other, the brain will perceive a 10 Hz Binaural Beat.
How are they different from Monaural Beats?
|MONAURAL BEATS||BINAURAL BEATS|
|Physical beat, objective||Subjective beat|
|Presentation of composite frequencies in one ear or in both ears simultaneously||Presentation of neighboring frequencies to each ear separately|
|Demodulated in the cochlea||Processed in the superior medial olivary nuclei|
|Requires combined action of both ears||Requires combined action of both ears|
|Heard over a wider beat frequency range and at higher carrier tones||Present when beat frequencies are low and with carrier tones less than 1000 Hz|
What are its benefits?
- Frequencies from 1 to 4 Hz: they are associated with deep relaxation and stress reduction
- Frequencies from 4 to 8 Hz: they are related to sleep states
- Frequencies from 14 to 30 Hz: they are associated with states of alertness, concentration and mental clarity
What can we use Binaural Beats for?
- Sound therapy
- Help to fall asleep and improve its quality
- Improved cognitive performance
- Complementary treatment of anxiety and stress
Who can benefit from Binaural Beats therapy?
- People looking for relaxation and stress reduction: If you are looking for a natural way to relieve tension and relax your mind, Binaural Beats can be helpful
- Individuals with sleep problems: Binaural Beats can help improve sleep quality and relieve insomnia.
- Those seeking meditation and mindfulness: Binaural Beats help achieve deeper states of concentration and awareness, facilitating meditation
- People with anxiety and anxiety disorders: Some studies suggest that Binaural Beats can help reduce anxiety levels and promote calm
- Students, professionals and anyone who wants to improve their cognitive performance
- People with chronic pain: Some research suggests that Binaural Beats may help reduce the perception of pain in people with chronic pain
- Patients with major depressive disorder and/or post-traumatic stress: although research on this topic is ongoing, Binaural Beats could have potential benefits in these cases and help reduce symptoms of depression and stress
- People looking to improve their mood naturally
- People who want to stimulate creativity, find inspiration and improve imagination
- Athletes, sportsmen,sportswomen and people who do sports training often and seek to improve their concentration and performance during training and competitions
It is important to note that Binaural Beats are considered a complementary tool for personal well-being and should not replace conventional medical treatments when necessary. They are not a unique solution but rather a help.
Do they have any contraindications?
Yes, like almost any technique or gadget. They are not suitable for everyone.
- They are not appropriate for people with epilepsy, heart rhythm disorders, or those who are sensitive to flashing lights or loud sounds. If you have any health concerns or pre-existing medical conditions, consult a healthcare professional before use.
- Some people may experience unwanted side effects, such as dizziness, nausea, anxiety, or confusion. If you experience any negative side effects, you should stop using them immediately
- They should not be used during a mental health crisis. Please seek professional help immediately
- Not recommended for people with cochlear implants or similar hearing medical devices. Consult your doctor before using Binaural Beats, as they may interfere with these devices
- They should not be used in people with hearing health problems, such as hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), or other hearing disorders. If necessary, consult an audiologist before doing so
What precautions should I take to use Binaural Beats?
- They should not be used while driving or in dangerous situations: avoid using Binaural Beats while driving, operating heavy machinery, or in any situation that requires your full attention and concentration. They can induce states of relaxation or drowsiness that can be dangerous in certain circumstances.
- Do not use Binaural Beats excessively or for long periods of time without breaks. As with any relaxation tool, excessive use can have counterproductive effects or decrease its effectiveness over time.
- Research on the long-term effects of Binaural Beats is limited. If you plan to use them long term, it is important to continue researching and monitoring how they affect you over time
- Listening to Binaural Beats for long periods of time can cause mental fatigue in some people. If you plan to use them to meditate or improve concentration, it is important to set time limits and take adequate breaks
- Some people may become dependent on Binaural Beats to achieve specific states of consciousness or relaxation. It is important not to depend excessively on them and learn to achieve these states naturally.
How can I listen to Binaural Beats?
There are various sources and styles of Binaural Beats available, both in physical and online formats. Some may be more effective or suitable for your needs than others. My advice is to experiment with different options to find what works best for you.
For example, what I use most are Spotify audios to sleep and to concentrate to read quickly. You can also find them on YouTube. And I suppose on other audio platforms. There are also audios in apps, if you like that format more.
As audio quality is critical to the effectiveness of Binaural Beats, be sure to use high-quality, reliable sound sources to ensure frequencies are accurate and consistent.
Oh, and remember that you should always listen to them with headphones for the «third sound» effect to occur! And it even gets better if they can be noise-cancelling headphones so that nothing else leaks in.
If you want to go further, there are also devices that bring all this together: headphones, sound, app and advice to improve your well-being. This is the case of Brain Tap. In order not to extend too much in this post, you can see more information about this tool here.
In summary, although binaural beats can offer potential benefits and be a valuable tool, it is important to be aware of the caveats and considerations mentioned above before incorporating them into your routine.
Also, pay attention to your own responses and comfort when using them, and if you experience any negative effects, stop using them immediately.
It is always prudent to speak with a healthcare professional if you have specific questions or concerns about its use in your particular situation. If you have any questions, leave a comment below or send us a DM and we’ll solve it together.