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Neurophone FAQs

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    Q: How long should I use the Neurophone when starting out and for regular sessions?
    A: Individual results vary and we encourage Neurophone users to experiment, an average suggested application would be 15 minutes in the beginning and gradually extending to longer sessions, depending on your level of comfort. Some Neurophone users claim to use the Neurophone for extended time including sleeping with the Neurophone active throughout the night.

    Q: Can I also listen to the Neurophone device with my headphones?
    A: Never connect one of your headphones to the Neurophone output. The ultrasound signal could damage your headphones.

    Q: What can I expect to feel when I use the Neurophone?
    A: The Neurophone is an experimental device and Flantech does not make any claims regarding its benefits. We do, however, receive a significant amount of feedback and testimonials from Neurophone users, indicating reports of greater coherence of thought, greater ability to focus on one's attention, a sense of well-being, increased memory retention, accelerated learning, more restful sleep and an ability to achieve deeper relaxation.

    Q: How does the Neurophone work on our body?
    A: The Neurophone uses the ultrasonic signal to stimulate a small organ in the inner ear called saccule at the same special frequency the brain uses to decode and encode data. The mechanism of its operation extends beyond a simple stimulation. The saccule contains small nerve endings called maccula and a small tissue cap (otolith) which contains calcium carbonate (“sand-like”) particles called octonia. When your head tilts, the small particles (octonia) shift within the otolith and stimulate the small hair-like nerve endings of the macula. The stimulation is what tells your brain through the parasympathetic nervous system that you are not fully standing erect. This intricate system is your virtual gravity detection system. If you are out of our normal gravitational environment, i.e.: Under water, you may ave a difficult time orienting yourself to the environment and may not know which way is up. What has been recently discovered is that the saccule organ is used by mammals as a sense organ. Dolphins, dogs, etc use this organ to aid in communication, particularly hearing. The ultrasonic signal produced by the Neurophone is specialized for the frequency that the brain uses to process information. The result is the direct communication from the vestibulocohlear nerve with the brain communication centers. The information is directly encoded to the brain without the “distraction” of other noises through the ears.

    Q: What is “Pink Noise”?
    A: Pink Noise is an expression of all frequencies being heard simultaneoursly. It is not randam, or white noise, but rather has been specifically engineered and is described as “water like” sound such as a trickling waterfall in the distance, and has been scientifically proven to aid in relaxation, stress reduction, balancing the hemispheres of the brain and the reduction of the effects of tinnitus.
    Pink noise is also used in industrial areas and offices to mask out undesirable noise and create a more soothing atmosphere which in turn has been shown to lead to increased productivity. The Neurophone models GPR1011-DSP and the Golden Raion Series have an integrated pink noise generator built in to them.

    Q: I have been profoundly deaf for 26 years;will the Neurophone allow me to hear again?
    A: We can not make any medical claims nor do we endorse the use of the Nuerophone to help people who have any kind of hearing disorder. The Neurophone is an ultrasounic neural stimulator and as such is purely an experimental device.

    Q: When I use the Neurophone I feel a tingling sensation from the transducers, somewhat like an electrical shock, is this normal?
    A: A small number of our Neurophone customers have reported feeling a tingling sensation when they first apply the Neurophone. Some individuals are more sensitive to the ultrasonic energy than others; the ultrasonic energy causes a vibration to be transferred into the skin. After applying the Neurophone for a few sessions this sensation will disappear. The Neurophone is CE certified (#04553.023.03) and there is no danger of receiving an electrical shock, as there is not enough voltage in the transducers.

    Q: How many sets of transducers can I operate at the same time?
    A: The Neurophone will operate up to two sets of transducers simultaneously.

    Q: What is the Neurophone warranty?
    A: We offer a two-year warranty. The warranty is not applicable for the accessories, e.g. movable items and the electrodes (transducers).

    Q: How do I use the Neurophone for learning languages?
    A: There are several ways people use it for language training:

    1. Using the Neurophone during oral lessons or reading lessons
    2. Playing language learning CDs through the Neurophone
    3. See 2, but additionally have a set of headphones hooked up to the CD player, using the supplied audio splitter.
    4. Using the Neurophone while listening to language learning programs through the speaker You can use one of the sounds that are on the CD you will receive with your Neurophone. The volume/intensity can be in the inaudible range.
    5. Playing CDs through the Neurophone while you sleep.

    One Neurophone customer gained fluency in Hungarian by playing language CDs through the Neurophone while he read something else entirely!

    Q: When I play a CD through the Neurophone, it doesn't sound the way I'm used to hearing it. Is something wrong?
    A: No, there is nothing wrong. The ultrasonic translation of sound is perceived slightly different than traditional audible, audio signals. Some people still prefer to listen to it the way they're used to. When you want to listen with headphones as well, use the splitter at the OUT connector on your CD player. Plug the headphones in one side, an the Neurophone in the other side. This way, you will receive your usual frequency range and the sound will be more like what you usually hear. Never connect the headphones directly to the Neurophone – that would damage your headphones. Many users either use the Neurophone with an external sound source or simply without anything else (just switch it on and put on the electrodes) while reading, meditating or listening to learning programs through normal speakers.

    Q: When I'm wearing the Neurophone, others who are near me can hear it, too? How's that?
    A: The sound others are hearing is actually sound bouncing off your skin created by reflected ultrasonic energy, essentially turning your skin into a speaker. The goal is to practice with turning the volume control down until you can still perceive it but you don't “hear” any of the reflected sound. Also when using an external CD player adjust the CD volume higher till it is clearer through the Neurophone.
    With the volume control turned down the information is still going into your brain, but you won't hear it through your ears. Use the volume control to find the level you are comfortable with.

    Q: If I can hear some sound through my ears, does that mean it isn't transmitting ultrasonically?
    A: If you connect the Neurophone to a spectrum analyzer or an oscilloscope you will find it does transmit ultrasonic sound at 40 kHz, beyond what our ears can hear, but in the range that our brains can still perceive. But with the volume control turned all the way up, some audible sound can also be heard through your ears. You are hearing a reverberation through your skin.

    Q: Is the Neurophone stereo?
    A: The current and all previous Neurophones were monaural. The left and right stereo signals are combined to R+L.

    Q: Isn't the Neurophone just an audio amplifier with little speakers?
    A: No, the Neurophone is not simply an audio amplifier with mechanical transducers. The circuitry involves using modulated 40 kHz ultrasonic signal through piezoelectric transducers.

    Q: Can I use my Binaural Beats CDs with the Neurophone?
    A: The binaural beat will still be present at the transducers but not as discreet outputs. There is a binaural effect although it is mixed as an amplitude modulated signal into the transducers.

    From our engineer: The Neurophone does, indeed, produce an amplitude differentiated binaural effect when two or more frequencies are combined which have a close series relationship typically as high as 18 Hz, this is accepted fact and rudimentary electrical engineering. Now, true binaural heterodyning does take place in a discreet stereoscopic manner, which is I believe what you're referring to and that the current model Neurophone does not incorporate. The Neurophone does rely on skin conduction as you have stated, this is one of the propagation modalities which are responsible for ultrasonic stimulation. A scientific paper has plainly shown that humans are capable of differentiation of ultrasonic frequencies  (This paper was published in the well known “Science” magazine.

    Q: Even though we all have two saccules (one on each inner ear ) is there no distinction between left and right as in our ears?
    A: It is our understanding that the ultrasonic stimulation of the saccules is not differentiated between right and left since these otolithic organs' primary purpose is to detect changes in gravity and acceleration.

    Q: Can I attach a microphone directly to the Neurophone?
    A: Yes, if your microphone produces an out signal that is comparable to a CD player OUT and has the proper plug for the Neurophone. You can buy adapters for your plug.

    Q: Would the Neurophone interfer with my heart pacemaker?
    A: No. The output of the Neurophone is ultrasonic and therefore there exists NO direct correlation to the electronics of a pacemaker. Also, the Neurophone has been certified by CE (i.e. it was certified that its electronics are no risk for humans or animals).

    Q: How do I use the Neurophone for meditation?
    A: The Neurophone would be compatible with many forms of meditation. One tecnique is sitting back in a nice, peaceful environment and listening to the one of the water sounds on the CD you have received with your Neurophone delivery. Close your eyes and imagine a soft flowing waterfall in a grotto off in the distance. Start with the electrodes on your forehead. The goal will be to, over time, reduce the volume to a point that you can still hear the sounds clearly with the volume all the way down. As with most meditation, the absolute goal will be to be able to focus on both nothing and everything simultaneously.
    We suggest starting with this... then working on tapes or sounds, such as playing a CD of natural sounds, like rain, or the ocean waves crashing into a shore, etc.

    Q: Could the Neurophone help me with my school studies?
    A: We get numerous reports of success with studies. As an example, the wife of one of our staff members was able to follow a pattern of her exam results during graduate school. She would listen to taped lectures through the Neurophone while she was relaxing or meditating.

    Q: What results can I expect to feel?
    A: Depending on the person, the results and perceived results of the Neurophone may vary. Generally, most people who use the Neurophone regularly notice a sense of feeling grounded and a heightened awareness. One of our scientists attests that his abilities to pick up fine details, sounds and sensations have become more astute over the years. Moreover, many users report that their sleep has become much more relaxing.

    Q: Must I use the electrodes only on my forehead?
    A: Theoretically you could use them anywhere on your body, but the forehead is a good place because several nerve bundles are located there. One of our staff prefers to place one underneath is ear (mastoid process) and one in the center of his forehead (“third eye”). The main thiing is that you must have a good contact with your skin with no hair underneath. Your own hairline (and the shape of your head) will affect the placement.

    Q: Does the Neurophone NF3 use the same technology as Dr. Flanagan's original invention?
    A: The new Neurophone NF3 uses the same principle as Dr. Flanagan's original patented models.

    Q: Is it safe for children to use?
    A: The ultrasonic waves are safe for everyone (including children and animals).

    Q: Is it ok for prolonged use?
    A: You can use it as long as you want.

    Q: Could I probably work on the computer as well as listen to a language course without being distracted?
    A: An example concerns one of our distributors who gained proficiency in Hungarian (his wife's language) by playing language CDs through the Neurophone while he read something else entirely. There are many combinations of using CDs, ultrasonic signal and reading and regarding to achieve results. Through experimentation you will find the methods you prefer.