Digital drug “binaural beats” a placebo?


What is binaural beats?

This is the effect of listening to a different tone in each ear, giving you the illusion that there is a beat. This works through headphones only so there isn’t a cross channel bleed along both ears. With a quick search on Google, you’ll find that this has become a pretty big industry over the last few years. Companies claim that their frequencies can produce desired effects in the brain, altering mindsets that can aid in sleep, meditation, studying, and even mimic pharmaceutical drugs.

You can hear an example below, wearing a pair of headphones is highly recommended.

Many users claim that this has effected their life in a positive way, and that they must use it on a daily basis to maintain the effects. Some say they haven’t felt any difference or even feel worse after doing it. While many studies back up claims that they work, recent Hofstra University study results shows that when scientists play two different binaural beats and a controlled sound to their patients, there is no difference in the brain.

This topic has become a slippery slope, because whenever someone intentionally tries to alter their brain, their brain then becomes extremely susceptible to experience placebo effects. When we asked neurologist and music producer Mantra Beats what his thoughts were on binaural beats, his response:

I actually tried it a few years ago to help with my anxiety, at the time I figured, music has always been known to alter peoples moods, music is a frequency, and since this is a cross channel between two frequencies, this must work. I didn’t feel a thing. The combination of chords, melody and rhythm have been apart of human culture for centuries, you feel a song as soon as you hit play, so I’ll stick with music.

Do binaural beats work? There is no definite answer, but it might be safer to stay away until more research has been done.

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