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Do I Need Good Quality Headphones for Listening to Binaural Beats?





A great question that typically comes up regarding binaural beats, is does the type of headphone affect the effectiveness of therapeutic audio stimulation? The short answer is yes, but don’t bother going out and purchasing the most expensive pair of headphones.

Because binaural beats are a simple sine wave with very little (no) noise, any decent pair of headphones will probably do just as well as a $400 pair. As long as the pair of headphones can produce a clean sound that isn’t “tiny” on the higher or lower frequencies, you’re good.

The more important factor is comfort. Because binaural beats are typically used for sleep and relaxation purposes, it is important that the headphones are comfortable. A pair of studio headphones with quality padding would be great or if you’re using earbuds, something that won’t irritate your ears after prolonged use would be better. Usually the cheaper the headphone, the less comfortable.

Fortunately, comfortable and decent audio quality doesn’t necessarily mean expensive.

Binaural Beats for Reducing Anxiety During Surgery


New research that was highlighted at the 2012 American Adacemy of Ophthalmology suggested that “soothing sounds during cataract surgery reduces patient anxiety”. The study found that patients in one group who listened to a binaural beats audio mix before, during and after cataract surgery had less anxiety and a slower heart rate, compared with the control group patients who did not receive the binaural beats stimulus. Systolic blood pressure was also shown to be significantly reduced in patients that were listening to the soothing audio.

In my own experience, listening to binaural beats audio stimulus, with a soothing background track can definitely help reduce anxiety. I can see how anxiety reduction can be beneficial for patients undergoing something like cataract surgery where only local anesthetic is used.

More information on the study can be found on the American Academy of Ophthalmology website, here: http://www.aao.org/newsroom/release/20121112b.cfm