Binaural music is a type of audio recording that uses two microphones to capture a three-dimensional sound field. The result is a listening experience that is much more immersive and realistic than traditional stereo recordings.
Binaural music, or “binaural beats” requires the use of headphones to fully appreciate the effect. When the brain processes these frequencies, it perceives a third, phantom frequency that is the difference between the two. For example, if a 300 Hz tone is played in one ear and a 310 Hz tone is played in the other ear, the brain will perceive a 10 Hz binaural beat.
There is some evidence to suggest that listening to binaural music can have a positive effect on stress and pain. One study found that binaural beats in the alpha and theta frequency ranges (8-13 Hz and 4-7 Hz, respectively) can help to reduce anxiety and improve sleep quality. Another study found that binaural beats in the alpha and beta frequency ranges (8-13 Hz and 14-30 Hz, respectively) can help to reduce chronic pain and improve cognitive performance.
One potential reason why binaural music may be effective at reducing stress and pain is that it can alter brain wave activity. Different brain wave frequencies are associated with different states of consciousness. For example, alpha and theta waves are associated with relaxation, while beta waves are associated with alertness and concentration. By altering brain wave activity, binaural music may be able to help the brain enter a more relaxed state, which can in turn help to reduce stress and pain.
Another possible reason why binaural music may be effective at reducing stress and pain is that it can stimulate the production of certain neurotransmitters. For example, binaural beats in the alpha and theta frequency ranges may stimulate the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is involved in the regulation of mood, sleep, and pain.