Do Binaural Beats Actually Work or Are They a Scam?

By / December 16, 2016 / Science

For as long as I can remember I’ve always had a problem concentrating on things, so when I heard a binaural beats I was ecstatic to try it out. I quickly went searching all over the Internet for videos with binaural beats to see if they really worked.

At first I thought I really hit the jackpot, my concentration was seeming to improve health getting more work done than ever. Unfortunately, this surge of focus only lasts about a few days before my work schedule is back to normal.

In an attempt to see what was wrong I began to look over all the information I can find on binaural beats and I realize that many other people were having the same problem that I was. This caused me to believe that listening to binaural beats is only a placebo effect and that actually doesn’t do anything worthwhile. However, I do know that many people out there still swear that listening to binaural beats helps them in one way or another, some willing to explain the process of how binaural beat supposedly work so you can see if you want to try out for yourself.

How do Binaural Beats Work?

I’m not going to pretend I’m a scientist or anything so while explaining the process of binaural beats I might leave out some of the important scientific details. If you’re really wanting to learn all of the science behind binaural beats then I suggest that you check here for more information.

The way I’ve come to understand how binaural beats work is that you’re essentially listening to two different tones in each ear that both have their own separate frequency. If the difference in frequency is less than 100 Hz then a binaural beat will actually be created inside of your mind. Depending on the difference in frequency your brain will enter a certain state that will produce a certain type of mood or feeling.

The problem with this whole theory is that you can’t simply listen to a frequency and force your brain to enter a certain state of mind. Instead, only when your brain is in a certain state of mind will it ever produce the frequency needed. Maybe one day we will have the technology to be able to induce a certain mood or feeling, but at the moment I believe that time is still very far away.

So Binaural Beats are Useless?

Now I won’t say that listening to binaural beats does absolutely nothing, as there are a lot of people that do seem to benefit from listening to it. However, I will say that most of (if not all) of the benefits of listening to binaural beats come from the pink noise added to the background. This noise – whether it be birds chirping or the sound of a waterfall – is known to cause relaxation and can even elevate your mood if you enjoy the particular sounds you’re listening too.

There is also a lot of other fancy science stuff going on when listening to binaural beats, but once again I honestly fail to fully understand it. This means a lot of my advice may not be the best or even true for that matter, but hey there’s a lot of other science blogs out there that I’m sure will be able to help you.

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