Listening to binaural music can stimulate your brain in different ways! The only things you need are player, stereo head- or earphones and binaural music track of certain frequency. This topic describes some possible effects achievable by this.
Helping in meditation
While meditators have traditionally used several years to learn the techniques of meditation, you can here-and-now attain the same effect with brainwave entrainment. No special training or great discipline is required. Good meditation frequencies are in the alpha range, from 8Hz to 13Hz.
When a certain brainwave state is experienced and practiced over a period of time, the brain will "learn" the state change and it will become easier to self-produce the desired brainwave state at will. Thus, using brainwave entrainment, you can expect to get some of its effects later even without any external stimulus.
Reducing learning time
The theta state (4Hz–7Hz) has been found to increase learning capabilities. In fact, children spend more time in theta state than adults, which probably explains the accelerated learning capabilities of children.
Alpha frequencies are also useful for learning purposes. You can play language cassettes, subliminal tapes, etc. during an entrainment session for a maximum effect.
Reducing sleep needs
Some people have found that half an hour a day of the Theta state binaural music can replace up to 4 hours of sleep.
Treatment of certain mental diseases
Entrainment by binaural music is used in treatment of depression, low self-esteem, attention deficit disorder, drug and alcohol addiction and autism, to name a few.
Brainwave entrainment has also been found helpful in alleviating headaches and migraines.
Note that willingness and ability to relax and focus attention affects how effective the binaural beat stimulus is for inducing state changes.