Safe and sound: The benefits of binaural beat therapy
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06-16-15 Category: Mental Health, Therapy


Human beings are affected by a vast assortment of external stimuli. These environmental elements can come in all shapes and sizes, but some also influence one’s psychological state. While hidden from the eyes, a person’s ears are tuned into a unique set of noises.

Sound can both disrupt and de-stress. While unexpected or prolonged noises can provoke unease and irritability, natural rhythms establish a perception of stability and concentration. It is not uncommon for an individual to be soothed by a source of white noise, like the sound of rain falling or ocean waves. These dulcet tones have shown significant boosts in productivity and recovery from anxiety-provoking experiences.

Past research has demonstrated the integration of more experimental stimulation through sound waves. In 1839, Heinrich Wilhelm Dove discovered and experimented with a phenomenon called binaural beats or binaural tones, which is the pairing of two tones at slightly different frequencies to create the perception of a single, beating sound. The frequencies can also be altered to mimic theta, delta and beta brainwaves. Each brainwave type is correlated with a matching psychological state. The theory of this process states that when a person hears these archetypal sound waves, the brain will adjust its own waves to match it, thus inducing a desired psychological impact.

  • Beta waves exist in a state of consciousness, alertness and critical reasoning
  • Theta waves are associated with a meditative state and the lighter stages of sleep
  • Delta waves occur during deep sleep and are known as the unconscious mind home

Since its inception, studies and experiments have explored the process that occurs when one listens to these offset tones. As many successful personal stories have accumulated over the years, academic observations have detailed some significant effects of binaural beats. Some studies have shown that the beats impact a person’s vigilance, performance and mood. Due to these marked effects, many trials involve the use of this sound therapy to improve hearing, sleep cycles and treat anxiety by inducing particular brain wave states.

The results from these studies show that while the use of theta and delta waves had mixed effects, the use of beta waves better supports a therapeutic purpose. Since beta is defined by active thought and concentration, this means that binaural therapy may be most effective in inspiring improved performance and productivity.

An unlikely “drug”

Interestingly enough, the use of binaural tones has gained support in an unexpected community of substance users and addicts. Also known as i-dosing or idozing within these demographics, the practice has become adopted by many people as a result of exaggerated claims. In addition to chemical and functional changes, a myth that has developed states that binaural audio generates the state of a substance-induced high. In fact, some say it can even simulate the euphoric and transient feelings associated with different drugs. I-dosing has amassed a reputation of being a pioneered “digital drug”.

This digital drug is marketed to an audience of adolescents, especially on the Internet. Since the rumors are based on unfounded observations and advertising for various binaural products, the claims made about these auditory tones exceed their ability. While research has legitimately listed its actual effects, no major changes have been reported by users. Although there is no real danger behind the use of binaural beats, parents should keep an eye on their children in case the sounds are used in conjunction with a more serious substance.

Sovereign Health of California is a treatment facility that aims to raise the bar of diagnosis and treatment. Keeping track of the many updates and developments in the therapy world is an important goal to uphold for the organization. In addition, staying up to date on the latest drug-related trends is another priority that Sovereign manages to maintain 24/7. If you or someone close to you is suffering from an addiction or requires innovative mental health treatment, the next step is to contact our admissions helpline. Chat with a consultant online or call us at anytime to get started today.

Written by Lee Yates, Sovereign Health Group writer

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