The Good, Bad and the Ugly About Binaural Beats

Binaural beats is a form of brainwave entrainment that has good, bad, and ugly components that need to be considered when deciding on an entrainment process.

They have been around since 1839, discovered by physicist Heinrich Wilhelm Dove, but they didn’t become popular with normal, everyday folk until the early seventies.

Scientist Gerald Oster found that binaural beats, when introduced to the mind as two different tones, at slightly different pitches, separately into each ear, produces a third tone heard only by the brain. The brain then would naturally entrain both hemispheres to that third tone, being influenced in a subtle way. His clinical studies showed that binaural beats could trigger the release of a whole host of hormones and chemicals, particularly ones that feel good, affecting a person mentally, physically, physiologically, biologically, and spiritually, in other parts than just the mind, like the neurological system.

The Good

· Effective for turning the brain into a stereo, left and right hemispheres in equilibrium, enhancing brain function.

· Can improve states of consciousness.

· Can be imbedded in music for easier entraining.

· Induces relaxed, meditative, creative, calm, happy and desirable mental states.

· Reduces anxiety and pain.

· Can be equivalent in effect to white noise or music.

· Produces a dissociative state of consciousness.

· Is excellent in accessing the alpha, theta, and delta brainwave frequency.

· Easily slows down brainwaves without user’s conscious effort.

· Will increase your natural alpha waves while engaging in normal life, assisting you to be closer to your most beneficial frequency.

· Is a great tool for visualization.

· Releases the hold of anxiety and stops the overproduction of the harmful stress chemicals.

· Helps you sleep by releasing melatonin.

· Leaves you feeling well, happy and positive.

· Increases your memory and IQ.

· Is phenomenal help for addiction of any kind.

· Can activate your psychic center.

· Increases levels of mood stabilizing chemicals like serotonin.

· Releases endorphins that can make you feel pain- free and good.

· Can help you access your subconscious and change your programming.

The Bad

· Doesn’t entrain as well at higher frequencies like beta and gamma.

· Rarely encountered in nature. Man-made, computer simulated.

· Takes a little longer to entrain, 8 to 10 minutes in comparison to Isochronic Tones which entrains at about 6 minutes.

· Just listening passively to binaural beats may not alter your state of consciousness.

· Your experience is influenced by your willingness and ability to relax and focus your attention.

· If you have neurological damage in your ear or ears, you may have trouble producing a third, entraining tone.

· Some people don’t like the sensation of movement that binaural beats produce, as the brain processes the sound.

· Binaural beats don’t activate the thalamus which means that they don’t entrain, as much as cause dissociation and incredible relaxation.

The Ugly

· Over time, with continued repeated sessions using binaural beats, the brain may tire of making the third tone, ignoring the stimulus, producing very little effect.

Binaural beats definitely have their place and have a terrific hypnotic and relaxing effect by way of dissociation.

Weigh out whether binaural beats are good, bad, or ugly for you personally. People hear, and are affected differently, by binaural beats.

The most effective brainwave entrainment on the market today are isochronic tones, and if the binaural beats don’t seem to be working for as well for you anymore, are a good direction to go.

Source by Wanina Petlock

Fahad Hameed

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