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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