Home Neurofeedback Kit: The Easiest Way to Brain Train (2023)

Once people understand that brain training is as important and beneficial as physical training the rest of the body, it can be hard to navigate the options. Neurofeedback is a great way to help support mental and emotional fitness, but it can be hard to understand all the options.

What is the best neurofeedback technology?

NeurOptimal®neurofeedback is the only fully automated system that can be safely used at home. This means the system can be rented or purchased, and then used whenever you'd like, in the comfort of your own home. BecauseNeurOptimal® is fully-automated and easy to use, you aren't limited to a trainer's schedule. This makes it easy for you and your family to use before bed, on the weekends, or whenever you have time!

Below, we discuss how to use the neurofeedback device at home, how much it costs, and a Q&A answered by our expert Colorado Neurofeedback Rental Manager Kim.

Is there a neurofeedback at Home Device?

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Yes. NeurOptimal® Personal System is a personal neurofeedback device, and it uses the same technology as its professional version. Most neurofeedback technologies are not designed for personal use at home. BrainPaint has a home-use device but it requires a trainer to oversee the training remotely. This means that although the device is technically in the home, training sessions are still limited to trainer availability.

The majorityof brain training devices are first generation neurofeedback systems, which require an expert trainer to manually set protocols and give the correct feedback to the brain in order for the trainee to experience neurofeedback benefits. These systems are used in an office setting and are not appropriate for home use. The second generation of neurofeedback has built-in software that communicates with the brain using dynamical, nonlinear mathematics; this system can be fully automated and is appropriate for both office and home use.

Let's use the analogy of automobile technology to understand the history of neurofeedback: the first generation of cars had a manual crankstarter, then we moved to a key and now we press a button to start the car. The latest technological leap is self-driving cars. In much the same way, neurofeedback technology advances as computer power increases. Over the decades, it has made leaps in how it operates and who can run sessions. Most recently, it has made the leap to automation.

Home Neurofeedback Kit: The EasiestWay to Brain Train (2)Back in the early 1970s, the inventor of the NeurOptimal® neurofeedback system, Dr. Valdeane Brown, was working with existing computing technology to set and monitor protocols duringbrain training sessions. He could see a future where he would not need to manually set protocols because there would be enough data from successful training sessions, as well as computing power fast enough to match brain processing speeds.

(Video) Neurofeedback at Home Guide: How to Start a NeurOptimal Session at Home - Neurofeedback Training Co.

Until recently, the brain processed information much faster than any computer could. Dr. Brown saw that there would be a time in the coming decades where neurofeedback could be personal device and would not require an expert trainer to monitor protocols. Thecomputers would be fast enough and the software would be sophisticated enough to speak directly to the brain and provide the feedback essential to optimize its functioning.

That time came in 2011, when AutoNav was introduced to the NeurOptimal® system. Now, it is truly a home neurofeedback device and can be used safely and effectively by individual consumers. In 2018, the FDA designated NeurOptimal® a General Wellness Device, so that it could be rented or purchased asa personal system to use at home.


Benefits of Neurofeedback and How it Works

Home Neurofeedback Kit: The EasiestWay to Brain Train (3)Why We Chose NeurOptimal

When we were testing different systems for our neurofeedback therapy centers, we chose the NeurOptimal® neurofeedback device because the company offered a personal, home-use system with the same technological quality as theirprofessional-grade neurofeedback equipment. This provides our customers with the option of office sessions or a home rental orpurchase. Renting a home kit saves approximately50% over in-office sessions, and purchasing saves up to 80%!

Does neurofeedback actually work? Neurofeedback Reviews

Our neurofeedback rental package helps peoplewith sleep management,performance anxiety, get better focus for school and work performanceandstressmanagement. Here are a few reviews from our renters:

Amazing experience! I felt more grounded, confident and my clarity greatly improved.

– Wendy, Northern California. Google Review

Neurofeedback is a great way to improve performance and stay focused. Unit arrived on time and the team at Neurofeedback made it easy to rent a unit and get started.

– Andrew, Los Angeles. Google Review

l believe NeurOptimal has helped me recover from a really bad place mentally. I was to the point where I could not function in life because of my severe worry and fear. I am now able to function again and work more, although I still feel I have more room for improvement. It is also helping my husband manage his stress and sleep. Renting is a great option if you do not have a provider near by or if you want to get alot of sessions in a short amount of time.

– Danielle, Texas. Google Review

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Read more client reviews from our renters here.

Top Neurofeedack Home Training FAQs

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To help you explore whether a home neurofeedback kit is right for you, we asked Denver Neurofeedback Training Co rental manager and neurofeedback coach, Kim Planansky, who has managed hundreds of neurofeedback customers, to give us her most frequently asked questions about renting. People ask everything from how NeurOptimal® works to how many neurofeedback sessions are recommended, and some other surprising questions.

Neurofeedback at Home: What To Know Before Starting

1. Does neurofeedback work the same when training at home as in the in-office sessions?

Yes. The neurofeedback technology is exactly the same. The only difference is that the Professional unit has graphing capabilities, but we don't use quantitative data to decide the training protocol or to assess progress.

2. How do I know if it is working?

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We strongly recommend all renters fill out our Checklist of Concernsprior to starting, and then again after every 10 sessions. This checklist asks clients to rate their concerns from 1-10 (10 being the worst) and helps us track qualitative changes. For example, when clients see their rate of 10 for "Feelings of Worry, Fear or Anguish" turn into a 4, they know the training is doing good for them! Watch our video testimonials from clients who have experienced results from neurofeedback training.

3. What’s included in the home unit rental? Do I need to purchase EEG paste or anything separate?

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All our rental plans include all materials required to train (including paste), as well an exclusive printer manual with a step-by-step guide, and regular check-ins with a neurofeedback coach trainer via text, email, phone or Skype. The only thing you supply is headphones or earbuds. We have learned that everyone would prefer to use their own headphones, which are needed for doing the training at home. All headphones/earbuds are compatible with the NeurOptimal® system.

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4. How difficult is it to learn how to use a home neurofeedback kit?

Learning how to use the equipment will take you approximately 10-15 minutes, and we provide a printed manual with the equipment. There are only 3 items you need to get familiar with: the tablet, the amplifier (called zAmp), and the 5 sensors. There are only 3 buttons that you need to press on the computer. You can learn how to place the EEG sensors on your head from a 3-minute video. You may get some EEG paste in your hair the first time, but it is water-soluable and comes out easily!

5. How much does the home equipment cost to rent?

We offer three monthly plans--an Individual, a Family and an Unlimited Plan. Cost per session can be as low as $60/session or less. Extend as long as you wish and upgrade and downgrade the plan as you go along. See our pricing here. If you don't live close to our locations (NYC, Pasadena, Denver or Boulder) we also ship it directly to your home.

6. How long does it take to get the home system rental?

Depending on availability,the time between requesting a reservation to rental arrival is approximately 1-3 business days. If in Canada, shipment takes 3-4 business days.

Minimum time to rent the neurofeedback equipment is one month. After the first month's rental, you can choose to extend for another month or two weeks. If located in Canada we ask for 2 month minimum commitment.

7. How many neurofeedback sessions do I need?

The best neurofeedback results occur when clients train consistently for 2 - 4 months, training 2-3 times per week or more. If you rent for 2 months, that would look like 3 sessions per week, for a total of 35-40 sessions. Read our case study on the best uses of the neurofeedback home system.

Home Neurofeedback Kit: The EasiestWay to Brain Train (7)8. Is it hard to learn how to use a neurofeedback home kit?

(Video) How to set up the NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback at Home System – Neurofeedback Training Co.

In a word, no. The spots on your head where the sensors go, called C3 and C4, are actually large areas approximately halfway between the top tip of the ear and the crown of the head. Anywhere in that area is considered a good location!

Trivia: did you know that the EEG sensors on the head pick up 95% of the electrical information on the entire head, and only 5% of that information is site specific? In other words, don't worry, you have it in the right place!

Watch this video demonstration on how to add the 5 EEG sensors to your ears and scalp.

9. How many Neurofeedback sessions should I do per week?

We usually recommend 2-5 sessions per week per trainee, though you can train every day as this is non-invasive brain training. The minimum we recommend is once a week because throughout the training the brain is learning a new way of decision-making and, like learning a new language, the more frequently the brain practices, the faster it learns.

10. If I do 30 sessions in 30 days will that have the same effect as 30 sessions over 3 months?

No. While your brain will learn a lot about itself, if you train every day for a month it will not provide the same value as spreading those training over 2 or 4 months. The advantage of spreading training over time is that it gives your behaviour and thought patterns time to adapt. For example, when the brain learns it doesn't need to stay in a stress zone of fight/flight pattern, it is going gradually calms down. Here is a client review after two months of renting and training 3 times per week: "Extremely effective managing my daily stressors. Overall my stress has taken a back seat."

11. Why Do We Recommend That Parent Also Train If They Are Renting A Neurofeedback Machine For their children?

Home Neurofeedback Kit: The EasiestWay to Brain Train (8)Children respond better to training when an adult train with them. Your childs brain/central nervous system (CNS) is learning to assess current needs by gathering information in the here-and-now, rather than using habitual information/neural pathways. Brain problems such as hypervigilance, difficulties in focusing, overwhelmed feelings, low energy, and emotional dysregulation are the result of maladaptive brain responses that are based on using habitual information and neural pathways.

The maladaptive brain needs to realize that those responses are not appropriate to the present task. (For example, why should the brain produce a panic, fear or anger state when there is no threat?) Through training, your child’s brain learns to be in a state called regulation: calm, alert, and open to the here-and-now, and only becomes active when there is an event that requires action.

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This process of learning goes faster when a primary caregiver is learning the same process of regulation– and becoming calmer, centred, and open. Why? Because, just like you see in animal behaviour, children tune their brains to their caregivers’ brains. If the parent is anxious, the child will also become anxious. If the parent becomes calm the child’s brain will also shift, like tuning forks resonating with each other.

A wonderful example of the process of attunement isThe Dog Whispereron National Geographic. Throughout the episodes, you will see examples of how Cesar (the alpha dog trainer), who is “calm assertive” (i.e. has a regulated CNS), works with an anxious/fearful/aggressive dog through the natural attunement process where a beta dog’s CNS aligns with an alpha CNS.


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Do home neurofeedback devices work? ›

The answer is yes it can be done at home safely, but only certain devices have the capability. Specifically, the neurofeedback devices that are fully automated are the best for home brain training because you do not need to rely in a remote trainer.

Can I buy my own neurofeedback machine? ›

NeurOptimal® neurofeedback is the only fully automated system that can be safely used at home. This means the system can be rented or purchased, and then used whenever you'd like, in the comfort of your own home. Because NeurOptimal® is fully-automated and easy to use, you aren't limited to a trainer's schedule.

How quickly does neurofeedback work? ›

Most people find the neurofeedback process and training relaxing – some feel relief and results immediately, but every patient is different. Most of our patients begin to feel the benefits of neurofeedback in 3-4 weeks, or 6-8 sessions.

How many times a week should I do neurofeedback? ›

When starting neurofeedback training, it is optimal that sessions be regular and frequent at two or three (or more) sessions per week. It is possible to do more than one sessions in a day or to have sessions on two or three consecutive days.

Which neurofeedback system is best? ›

Top Ten Neurofeedback Devices for 2022
  • Narbis.
  • Muse.
  • Sens.ai.
  • Mendi.
  • Hapbee.
  • PlayAttention.
  • NeurOptimal.
  • NeuroSky.

Can you do too much neurofeedback? ›

2) Trying not to overwork your brain: Just as athletes can strain their muscles by exercising too much, you may overtax yourself by engaging in neurofeedback sessions that are too long or too intense.

How much is a neurofeedback machine? ›

The cost to purchase the neurofeedback equipment (for home or professional use), range from $7495 and up.

How do I know if neurofeedback is working? ›

Common signs that neurofeedback is working in the first three sessions are the following:
  1. Feeling calmer at the end of the session.
  2. Feeling a heightened sense of mental clarity.
  3. Crisper sense perceptions (for those with sensory processing issues often less sensitivity to stimuli)
  4. Get a better night's sleep.
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Can you do neurofeedback once a week? ›

Participating in NFB is a commitment. Two sessions per week is recommended for EEG Neurofeedback and one session per week is recommended for HEG Neurofeedback.

Can you do neurofeedback everyday? ›

When starting neurofeedback training, it is optimal that sessions be regular and frequent at two or three (or more) sessions per week. It is possible to do more than one sessions in a day or to have sessions on two or three consecutive days.

Can neurofeedback heal the brain? ›

Neurofeedback training as a treatment modality can bring many improvements to help the brain repair itself, even years after damage has been done. “For example, a therapist shared a situation in which a patient showed significant improvement three years after suffering a stroke.

Does neurofeedback rewire your brain? ›

Neurofeedback helps retrain your brain and address the dysregulation head-on. Through this training, your brain creates new pathways so that it can go back to functioning normally and you find long-term relief from the symptoms you're experiencing.

What part of the brain does neurofeedback focus on? ›

Well, neurofeedback is exercise for your brain because it “works out” the prefrontal cortex of the brain. Many issues require a stronger prefrontal cortex. Both children and adults with these issues can improve significantly with the help of neurofeedback therapy.

What is the success rate of neurofeedback? ›

What is the success rate of neurofeedback? The success rate commonly quoted by clinicians and in published scientific research for neurofeedback for certain conditions is 75%-80%.

How do I get the most out of neurofeedback? ›

Getting the Most Out of Neurofeedback Sessions
  1. Value Sleep. The brain makes most of its changes during sleep, so shortchanging it in the sleep department doesn't make sense. ...
  2. Limit screens. ...
  3. Family Changes. ...

What is the best brain training? ›

Jigsaw puzzles, crosswords, chess and other problem-solving and memory games that stimulate your brain aren't just fun—they may produce lasting benefits. A 2014 study found brain exercises helped older adults maintain reasoning skills and speed of cognition 10 years after the research period came to an end.

How many neurofeedback sessions do I need? ›

Noticeable results typically occur between the first and tenth session. In many cases, therapists recommend a minimum of 30-40 sessions for the results to hold longer term. Clinicians have observed that symptoms in some clients resolved in a shorter time. It's hard to predict with any person.

Are there any negative side effects of neurofeedback? ›

While a majority of patients do not experience side effects. Rare reactions may include: Anxiety or depression. Headaches or dizziness.

Can neurofeedback make things worse? ›

We've corrected several cases of bad neurotherapy, so finding a qualified provider is crucial. Q: Can things worsen before they get better? A: Unfortunately, yes, but things getting worse before they get better is normal, and temporary.

Can neurofeedback improve memory? ›

Increasing evidence suggests that abnormal activity in frontal regions of the brain is associated with cognitive deficits observed in AD. Furthermore, previous research has shown that neurofeedback (NFB) training targeting these regions can improve memory, making it a potential treatment for AD.

Is neurofeedback a sham? ›

Background: Sham-controlled neurofeedback (NFB) trials consistently find no separation on ADHD outcome measures leading many to conclude that NFB's beneficial effects are due to placebo.

Is neurofeedback approved by the FDA? ›

Neurofeedback is an effective, FDA-approved, safe, non-invasive, and non-pharmacological intervention that should be considered as a type of therapy for mental health struggles, in addition to therapy and medications.

Who is a good candidate for neurofeedback? ›

Individuals with ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum disorders, chronic depression, and/or chronic anxiety, who are good candidates for the training (as determined in the evaluation), and who successfully complete the training, will have permanent results.

Can I read during neurofeedback? ›

As a result of this experience with my daughter, I learned that having people read while doing neurofeedback is a very effective way of improving reading.

Does neurofeedback work for everyone? ›

The results depend on many factors, like whether the treatment is the right fit for a patient's condition or ability of the treatment to change a patient's brain biology. For example, some people may not see benefits from neurofeedback because they are not using the right system for their needs.

Can I drink coffee before neurofeedback? ›

Avoid Caffeine Before Training

That daily dose of caffeine is critical for getting your day started, but it won't help boost your neurofeedback training. Caffeine will make you feel awake, but it can also make you feel jittery and anxious.

Does neurofeedback cure anxiety? ›

A report on the effectiveness of neurofeedback on mood or anxiety disorders in adults found that there was a “statistically significant improvement in symptoms with neurofeedback treatment in clients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)” compared to those who had received no ...

How does neurofeedback train your brain? ›

Neurofeedback is a kind of biofeedback, which teaches self-control of brain functions to subjects by measuring brain waves and providing a feedback signal. Neurofeedback usually provides the audio and or video feedback.

Can neurofeedback make you smarter? ›

Three different studies have shown that individuals increased their IQ by an average of 9 to 12 points, following 30 sessions of Neurofeedback 1.

How do you reset your brain anxiety? ›

Your Brain Fog May Be an Anxiety Symptom — Here's How to Deal with It
  1. Find the source.
  2. Prioritize sleep.
  3. Make time to relax.
  4. Meditate.
  5. Feed yourself.
  6. Move your body.
  7. Take a break.
  8. Make a plan.
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How can I retrain my brain to heal? ›

8 Steps to Retrain Your Brain to Curb Negative Thoughts
  1. Be Aware of Your Thoughts. ...
  2. Turn Negatives into Positives. ...
  3. Understand What Triggers You. ...
  4. Create a Personal Mantra. ...
  5. Practice Daily Gratitude. ...
  6. Pay It Back. ...
  7. Switch Up Your Environment. ...
  8. Develop a Morning Routine.
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Where do you put your head for neurofeedback? ›

Neurofeedback retrains brain waves through auditory and/or visual stimulation in a video, ambient music, or video games. During a session, three electrodes are placed on the head. One electrode is placed on the left earlobe, one on the right earlobe, and one on the scalp at a particular brain site.

What is C3 and C4 on brain? ›

We are interested in three regions: Cz (the centre of cerebral cortex), C3 (the left of cerebral cortex) and C4 (the right of cerebral cortex) which are considered to be optimal locations for recognizing MI states in literature.

How does neurofeedback improve mental functioning? ›

Neurofeedback Improves Attention and Focus

With learning disabilities or problems with focus and concentration such as with attention deficit disorder, neurofeedback treatment is able to specifically help areas of the brain so that it is easier to focus, leading to enhanced learning and performance in school and work.

What should I do during neurofeedback? ›

Depending on your treatment plan, you may be asked to watch images on a screen, listen to music, or play a video game. As you engage in this simple activity, your doctor monitors your brainwaves and sets targeted training parameters using specialized brain mapping software.

Is neurofeedback worth the cost? ›

Share on Pinterest Neurofeedback is expensive and it can take many sessions to see an improvement. People need to find the right person to do the treatment. Neurofeedback is painless, and the main drawback may be cost. If other treatments for ADHD have been ineffective, neurofeedback may be worth trying.

Which is better biofeedback or neurofeedback? ›

In short, neurofeedback is a specific type of biofeedback that provides feedback directly on brain activity. On the other hand, biofeedback encompasses a variety of therapies used to help patients leverage the mind-body connection to reach a deep state of relaxation.

How do I know neurofeedback is working? ›

Common signs that neurofeedback is working in the first three sessions are the following:
  1. Feeling calmer at the end of the session.
  2. Feeling a heightened sense of mental clarity.
  3. Crisper sense perceptions (for those with sensory processing issues often less sensitivity to stimuli)
  4. Get a better night's sleep.
Jan 16, 2020

How often should you do neurofeedback? ›

When starting neurofeedback training, it is optimal that sessions be regular and frequent at two or three (or more) sessions per week. It is possible to do more than one sessions in a day or to have sessions on two or three consecutive days.

How many sessions of neurofeedback are needed? ›

Neurofeedback is a short-term treatment programme with long-term effects. Between 30 and 40 sessions are usually needed for the brain to consolidate its learning. For the best effects, sessions need to be held regularly, at least two times per week.

Does neurofeedback always work? ›

Overall, neurofeedback is effective in helping patients achieve long-term symptom relief and an improved quality of life.


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