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How Binaural Music Can Help You to Reprogram Your Mind

By on January 18, 2016
The human brain

We lead busy lives – there’s no doubt about that.

Between high-pressure jobs (or the pressure to find a job!), kids, family, friends, and other commitments, it can be very difficult to unwind and switch off at the end of a day.

What do you do to help yourself relax? Perhaps you take a long bath. Perhaps you have a glass of wine or relax on the couch with a good book or your favourite TV show. But what about doing something to help you relax at a deeper level? Binaural music can help you to reprogram your mind to achieve a deeper level of relaxation.

Basically, our ears can only hear sounds that fall within a certain frequency range — generally between 20 Hz and 20,000 Hz. Any sounds that fall outside of that frequency range will not be perceived by the ears and will therefore not be heard. However, it is possible to introduce, through binaural music, frequencies that are outside of that range. Doing so can alter our state of mind and induce a deep feeling of relaxation. Binaural music essentially bypasses the ears to introduce a different frequency directly to the brain.

The listener places headphones on and listens to what sounds like standard music, but with binaural beats mixed in. These binaural beats are presented at different frequencies in each ear (let’s say 500 and 510 Hz) both of which are within the normal hearing range. Here’s where the amazing thing happens. Because each ear is hearing a different frequency, the brain needs to reconcile that by subtracting the value of one frequency from the other to come up with a single frequency to process. In this case, that value will be 10 Hz, which the ear cannot normally perceive. However, it is the brain that is processing the frequency, not the auditory canal.

Binaural music (or binaural beats) can be used to affect a change on our brain’s state of mind. It can help to bring us into a much more relaxed state, to alleviate stress, to help us to shut off at the end of the day, or to increase our general feeling of overall well being. While listening to what appears to the ears to be regular music, your brain is performing complex calculations. Binaural music basically “tricks” the ears, diverting them by giving them music to hear while the brain calculates the differing frequencies it is hearing and comes up with a single value that has a calming effect.

If you are the kind of person whose mind always seems to be humming with 1,000 things all the time (which is probably most of us these days) you can probably struggle to find meaningful ways to truly relax. Companies like Mind Body Vortex can show you how binaural music can help you to relax your mind in a whole new way.