Binaural beats occur when we hear two different frequencies, one in each ear. A binaural beat is defined as the difference between the two pitches. When you hear a 200Hz sound in one ear and a 190Hz sound in the other, you’ll hear a 10Hz binaural beat ( 200 - 190 = 10).
Binaural beats are auditory artifacts. In our example above, there is no 10Hz sound yet we hear one anyway. You must use headphones to have stereo separation. Speakers won’t work, you have to use stereo headphones or ear buds.
Why listen to binaural beats? Because they can increase specific brainwave frequencies as our brain mimics the frequencies we hear within the binaural beat. Let’s say you want to increase your alpha brainwaves. Listen to a binaural beat in the alpha range (8-12 Hz). This phenomena is called entrainment or frequency-following response.
Listen to these free binaural beat MP3 files online or download & save them to your computer, tablet or phone. Select the binaural beat based on the brainwave pattern you’d like to enhance. Headphones are a must. When you’re done here, try these advanced binaural beats including the Sensory Motor Rhythm.