There are many people who have been studying various techniques for self-improvement for many
years, some of the techniques are intrusive and require constant consultation with a professional
who specialises in the specific technique, while others are less intrusive and can be practiced in the
comfort of your own home.
Binaural beats and isochronic tones are both techniques that are used for self-improvement and
various other benefits which include feeling in control of your life and your emotional reactions to
outside stimuli as well as an overall feeling of good health.
Binaural beats are older than isochronic tones, they were first discovered in 1839, and even though
they are older than isochronic tones they are still highly effective for a lot of people today.
Isochronic tones have been developed using the results from all the research for binaural beats but
taking into consideration the problems that people have experienced with binaural beats.
The main differences between isochronic tones and binaural beats are few, but these differences are
important for people who are unable to use binaural beats, yet would like to benefit from the
technology and effects that brainwave entrainment has on the mind and body.
The differences between isochronic tones and binaural beats are as follows:
Use of headphones
Methods used to stimulate the results
The use of headphones – with binaural beats you have to use headphones to effectively benefit from
the sessions, this is because it is two different tones that are sent to each ear. With isochronic tones
you do NOT have to use headphones, so you can play it on your sound system and sit back and relax
or put the session onto a cd and pop it into your cd player to play while you lie on your bed.
The background noise – although there are binaural beats available which have been created with a
sound like running water or waves crashing on the beach as an overlay, the sounds can still be very
distracting and uncomfortable to listen to. With isochronic tones the pulsing sound is easier for
some people to handle listening to, even though the isochronic tones are almost always created with
a sound overlay, they can also easily be added to some of your favourite acoustic tunes.
The methods used to stimulate results – with binaural beats the sessions are designed to create a
third tone within the brain which then becomes the dominant active frequency which in turn is
where you experience the positive results, while isochronic tones is one tone that is pulsating which
the dominant brainwaves automatically begin to mimic and you experience the same positive
The benefits from isochronic tones are practically identical to the benefits of binaural beats, there
might be less isochronic tones available for a specific result, but this will change as more people look
for specific results and the people creating the isochronic tones make different types for the same
There is no steadfast rule that states that using binaural beats is more beneficial than using
isochronic tones or vice versa, it is a personal choice and based on personal preference. People who
have hearing impairments in one ear will not be able to use binaural beats because they require the
use of headphones and good hearing in both ears, while people who do not like the binaural beats
will prefer to use isochronic tones as they are easier to listen to.
The most important decisions you can make regarding your use of isochronic tones or binaural beats
is to try specific sessions for both techniques and then use the one that is more comfortable for you
as an individual.
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