Binaural Beats Therapy

Binaural Beats Therapy

Binaural beats therapy is a new form of sound therapy that is being implemented these days. This therapy makes use of the principle that the right and left ear each receives a slightly different frequency but the brain perceives it as a single one. Binaural beats are considered as auditory illusions.
The advocates of this type of therapy believe that it is used to effectively treat anxiety, stress and other disorders. It is a self-help treatment where you can listen to some audio recordings on your own headphones.

How do they work?

The audio tones should have frequencies lower than 1000Hz so that our brain can detect the binaural beat. For example, your left ear is hearing a beat at 115Hz while the right ear is hearing 125Hz, this frequency difference of 10Hz will be detected by the brain. Your brain will receive a tone at 10Hz then.
The main principle behind binaural beats is a natural phenomenon that occurs within the brain. Both our ears hear different frequencies through headphones. When the brain receives two different frequencies, it interprets both these frequencies in a single rhythmic one which is called the binaural beats.

The subsequent frequency that the brain perceives is the difference between the two frequencies that each ear hears. This is also called the frequency following response (FFR) which is a well-known science that’s been around for centuries.
It has been proven that listening to binaural beats for some time can influence one’s behavior and sleep cycles. We’ve discussed some of the different patterns used in binaural therapy below:

  • Delta pattern: These operate between frequencies of 0.5-4Hz and are linked to dreamless sleep. According to a study, delta pattern binaural therapy puts people in a deeper sleep which was tested using an electroencephalogram.
  • Theta pattern: The frequencies in this form of therapy lie between 4-7Hz. These frequencies have proven to improve meditation and sleep in the REM phase. It also results in better creativity of a person.
  • Alpha pattern: The frequency ranges from 7-13Hz in this pattern and promotes relaxation in sleep.
  • Beta pattern: Beta pattern binaural beats consist of frequencies between 13-30Hz. Beta pattern is helpful in improving concentration and alertness.
  • Gamma pattern: The range of gamma pattern is between 30-50Hz. This pattern keeps a person fully awake.


Binaural therapy is used to treat different conditions in people. Sometimes, it may be used for decreasing anxiety, deepening the level of meditation and increasing concentration. The potential benefits of binaural therapy include:

  • Stress and anxiety reduction
  • Improved focus, concentration, and motivation
  • Enhancing confidence
  • Improved long term memory (mainly due to beta pattern frequencies)
  • Better and deeper level of meditation
  • Improvement in overall mood and enhanced psychomotor performance
  • Boosts creativity in individuals
  • Helps in pain management

How to use binaural beats

A person will need to have headphones and a music player. The audio can then be played for a specific period of time recommended by the expert.

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14 thoughts on “Binaural Beats Therapy

  1. Jamelia Hutchings says:

    Binaural frequencies are not such a recent discovery. It was Heinrich Wilhelm Dove who discovered this phenomenon for the first time in 1839.

  2. Macauley Finch says:

    In theory, therefore, a frequency equal to that of a brain wave that we would like to stimulate, would be able by resonance to produce corresponding mental states?

  3. Melinda Bassett says:

    to stimulate theta waves in the brain and induce states of deep relaxation, it would be sufficient to emit frequencies of 5Hz.

  4. Ruby-Leigh Beltran says:

    Human being’s auditory system does not perceive frequencies below 20-30 Hz, defined for such infrasonic frequencies.

  5. Sulayman Emery says:

    So if this is the case, even if a great deal of the polluting noise to which we are subject in everyday life has an infrasonic frequency range that could also be similar to that of the Alpha or Theta brainwaves, it does not have pleasant effects on our mental state and health.

  6. Jannat Sargent says:

    For brain wave resonance to occur, the frequencies would have to be recorded by the brain while being below the audible threshold, which normally cannot happen.

  7. Shirley Peck says:

    The only exception is the phenomenon of binaural beats, as it is an internal response of the central nervous system to differences in frequencies of less than 30 Hz.

  8. Debra Stafford says:

    We can therefore say that the phenomenon of binaural beats is therefore a sort of trick to make the brain audible infrasonic frequencies capable by resonance to stimulate corresponding brain waves.

  9. Rikesh Melton says:

    So if I understand this article well by taking an example: if the left ear perceives a sound of 210 Hz and the right ear of 215 Hz, then the brain waves will be channeled in a frequency of 5 Hz (Theta waves).

  10. Calista Crosby says:

    The potential for all this is clear. The possibility of intervening specifically on the brain to influence mental states.

  11. Katrina Browning says:

    At the same time judging from what I read online, there are still no complete scientific checks on the matter and in some cases there is a high variability in response to specific stimuli in the subjects considered.

  12. Jayden-Lee Hulme says:

    It has also been seen that the brain is often crossed simultaneously also by different brain waves in different parts, so the classification in frequencies of mental states and brain waves is a simplification sometimes too flat for the complexity of the phenomenon

  13. Melody Snider says:

    I personally think that the key to the beneficial effects on the psycho-physical state of the human being of the frequencies in general, and of the use of binaural beats in the specific, is painted in the alchemy of sound and frequencies, rather than in single frequencies.

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