Do Binanural Beats Really Work? 

Have you encountered the phrase Binaural Beats while perusing YouTube? Are you equally as confused as to its mystifying elements as us? Come along with us while we dissect the definitions and legitimacy of binaural beats. 

What are they anyway? “A binaural beat, discovered in 1839 by W.H. Dove, is an auditory illusion perceived when two different pure-tone sine waves, both with frequencies lower than 1500 Hz, with less than a 40 Hz difference between them, are presented to a listener dichotically (one through each ear).” 

Okay, so that’s the still has us a little perplexed. How are these fancy scientific terms represented in everyday life, layman's terms? The binaural beat, the third sonic element, is the perceived frequency difference between the waves entering the left and right ear.Binaural Beats.png

Binaural beats claim to have incredible effects on the quality of life of it’s listeners and have been used in forms of therapy. Some use them to study, focus, meditate, sleep and relax. We’ve even seen versions of binaural beats that say that they can help heal addictions. Although we are certainly not doctors and we make no claim to know exactly what’s going on here, it can’t hurt to try out something free and seemingly harmless! 

One interesting thing to note, if you’re decided to try this out - headphones are a must in this experiment, but why is this? “Each ear needs to receive a different frequency. For this to happen, each of them need to be isolated and delivered to the selected ear through the use of headphones. If you do not use headphones/earphones, the frequencies will just fill the room and mix together thus rendering the binaural beat useless.”

Just like much of life, it’s hard to say that binaural beats are completely, without question, able to have a measurable effect on their listeners. However, even if they have a placebo effect and it’s positive - say it allows you to relax and lessens your anxiety - then why not use these frequencies to your advantage? As they become more popular among musicians and non-musicians worldwide, more scientific studies are sure to continue digging deeper into the phenomenon.