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Practicing Music Helps Fine Tune Memory And Hearing

Practicing Music Helps Fine Tune Memory And Hearing

A new study suggests that musicians hold on to their memory and hearing with age…

A new study has shown that those who regularly play a musical instruments are less likely to develop problems with memory loss later on in life; good news for practicing musicians, both hobbyists and professionals alike!

The study co-authored by Nina Kraus, director of the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern University’s School of Communication, compared adults aged 45 to 65 with life-long musical experience to those without.

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Musicians Can Expect Better Memory and Hearing In Later Life

Of the 27 participants, the 18 musicians all performed much better in memory tests, and also had a better ability to hear speech in noise – two important function known to decline with age.
Kraus explained:

“Difficulty hearing speech in noise is among the most common complaints of older adults, but age-related hearing loss only partially accounts for this impediment that can lead to social isolation and depression…

It’s well known that adults with virtually the same hearing profile can differ dramatically in their ability to hear speech in noise.”

The Northwestern University team believes that working with music helps fine-tune the brain to recognize, distinguish between, and remember sounds.

“If the materials that you work with are sound, then it is reasonable to suppose that all of your faculties involved with taking it in, holding it in memory and relating physically to it should be sharpened…

“Music experience bolsters the elements that combat age-related communication problems.”
The study findings were published in the May 11 online edition of the journal PLoS One.

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