Silent subliminals are non-audible brain entrainment recordings. Unlike binaural beats, the frequencies are not layered with music or ambient sounds of any kind.
This makes them inaudible to the human ear. A subliminal track is usually made up of voice recordings transposed into high-level frequencies. These frequencies penetrate the brain without your awareness.
A subliminal can target pretty much any area of self-improvement, such as curing addiction, improving self confidence or curing anxiety; it all depends on what messages the original creator recorded.
Naturally people are skeptical. It’s a big ask for a listener to have faith in the effectiveness of a bran entrainment recording that they can’t actually hear.
Although one advantage is that no one else can hear what you listening to, and you can get on with other tasks while your brain is being subliminally entrained.
Silent Subliminals Vs. Binaural Beats
A core advantage of binaural beats is the audibility, and of course numerous studies to back up the science. However, what's interesting is, like silent subliminal recordings, you don’t need to hear the frequencies in binaural beats recordings for them to be effective. In fact, in many recordings the frequencies are barely audible underneath the soundscape.
That said, seasoned listeners generally like to hear the binaural beats frequency track because it has hypnotic properties, and studies have shown that people respond better when the frequencies are audible.
Scientists are unsure why, but believe it could be a placebo effect, whereby simply hearing the frequencies relaxes the listener that much more, opening the brain up for more effective entrainment.
So, for silent subliminals to be as effective as binaural beats, or indeed isochronic tones, the listener really needs to have faith in their ability to work to begin with, and believe that the subliminal training is taking place.
How Silent Subliminals Work
Silent subliminals infiltrate the mind, and are able reportedly able to encode information into the listener’s unconscious mind.
This is very similar to deep hypnosis, whereby although you hear the initial commands putting you under, you may not remember much or any of what was said to you when you are brought back around.
Silent subliminals are created using voice affirmations, usually by a seasoned hypnotherapist or guided meditation teacher.
The messaging is recorded and transposed to high, inaudible frequencies, and set at a level where the affirmations vibrate the tympanic membrane of the ear at the strongest yet safest level. So effectively, you unconsciously receive the original voice recording as the brain decodes the frequencies.
If you can get past quite literally listening to nothing, silent subliminals are cool in that you can listen anywhere at anytime and still concentrate on other tasks such as eating or driving, and even sleep!
How do I Know the Recording isn’t Blank?
It would be pretty easy to sell fake silent subliminals considering that people can’t hear them, but there is a way to make sure you haven’t been duper.
Simply play the recording to a dog and see if you get a response. Dogs have a broader frequency hearing range than humans, and are very sensitive to high pitch frequencies. If your dog gives you a wink and a bark, you know the recording is good for its purpose.
Is Silent Subliminal Audio Suitable for the Deaf
Studies have shown that when listening to any form of brain entrainment, deaf people do feel the effects of the frequency response process, which gives further credence to the theory that you don't need to hear frequencies to benefit from their effects.
Where silent subliminals are concerned, a study conducted at the Medical College of Virginia in1991 confirmed that just like those people with healthy hearing capabilities, deaf people can also enjoy the effects of subliminal messaging. And because deaf people aren’t anticipating hearing sound in the recordings, subliminals may actually prove to be more effective for the deaf.
That said, deaf or able hearing people should not listen to silent subliminals at an excessively high volume. This is because the brain may perceive certain frequencies played too loud in the same way it does screaming and startling sounds, which can have an adverse effect.
Should You Try Silent Subliminals?
Skeptics might think the whole subliminal movement is a bit out there, but although I don't use them (I prefer audibility), I remain open-minded – not least because there have been all sorts of reports over the last 50 years of the CIA and other government agencies using subliminals in covert operations.
But without delving into conspiracy theories, I'd suggest that those new to brain entrainment start with binaural beats, and once you have spent considerable time experimenting, then perhaps try out some silent subs for some diversity.
That said, why not mix it up by using binaurals at home and subliminals at work.