Therapeutic Uses for Audio: Using Sound to Improve Your Life

Sound is such a fundamental aspect of human life that we often take it for granted.  In all its forms it affects us very deeply in so many ways.  As my wife shreds old documents by the dozens, the sound of that machine sets my teeth on edge, causing me to feel a bit stressed. 

On the other hand, the sound of water gently flowing or wind blowing through the trees has the opposite effect on my mood.  Music is a great example.  It can motivate, calm, or induce almost any emotion.  I could go on with this but I’m guessing you get the idea.

Once you can record and create good quality audio from you home recording studio, you may wonder what, other than songs and voice-overs, can you do with this capability.  Here are few powerful uses for recorded audio you may not have thought of.


Hypnosis tapes/CDs are common ways to help people improve their lives.  Now you can customize these recordings for you own use or as a product to sell on line.

Binaural Beats

Related to hypnosis is the practice of biofeedback to help people control their heart rates and induce certain brainwave frequencies known to be associated with certain moods.  One method for achieving this is called “brainwave entrainment,” which is the practice of inducing specific frequencies through the use of audio. 

By listening, in headphones, to two different tones (one for each ear), you set up something called binaural beats.  If you want more focus, you set up beats in the “beta” range.  For relaxation, you go for “alpha,” a slower frequency.  Once your brainwaves start to match the beating rhythm, your mood begins to follow that change.

Check this site for some excellent binaural beats programs: Click Here!

White Noise

White noise sounds a bit like a TV tuned to a channel it doesn’t get.  I’ve heard it described as sounding like: “Constant wind whooshing through the leaves of lots of trees. Water continuously falling down a waterfall. Sssshhhh…”

For better sleep and relief from tinnitus, white noise can be a god-send.  I can attest to the effectiveness of this!  In fact I might go so far as to say that the best purchase I ever made, that impacted my life in the most positive way, was a pair of earplugs that generate white noise. 

Sadly, the ear plugs that generate white noise are no longer available. HOWEVER, I now use bluetooth earbuds and stream white noise in from one of my favorite apps ever – MyNoise. That’s the same site that offers binaural beats in the link a few paragraphs above. To get their mobile app, click here.

When it gets quiet, I get a fairly loud ringing in my ears…doubtless from playing loud rawk music for too many years.  Anyway, the white noise earplugs completely mask the ringing. 

But where these babies have REALLY helped is to drown out the sound of other people’s voices!  This is especially useful in airports or any situation where you are surrounded by others and you want/need to focus. 

And the coup de grace has been the drowning out of my wife’s snoring at night.  We love each other deeply, but I was on the verge of having to have a separate bedroom at one point, due to lack of sleep.  But once I got these earplugs, I literally could not hear her snoring right next to me.  It was fantastic. 

Audio… sound…has so many applications we may never think about.  Some of these applications border on the life-changing for some people.  If you aren’t interested in learning to record and create your own audio for musical or voice-over reasons, then consider the compelling therapeutic uses of audio.  I named just a few.

If you want to learn how to get started recording and producing audio from your computer, or just to improve and expand on what you already create, come visit Home Brew Audio on the web.  They can show you how to get started for $5.00 or less, and will guide you step-by-step with easy-to-understand video tutorials in plain language.  So get started creating something powerful!

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