We want to tell you about one of the most powerful drugs in the world – music.
And you don’t need a prescription!
The Hearing Journal published “Hearing Matters: Music Training: An Antidote for Aging?” which explains that the effects of aging on temporal processing likely plays a role in why seniors have difficulty in challenging listening environments (Hearing Matters: The Effects of Aging on Auditory Processing).
The Canadian Hearing Society estimates more than 60% of seniors over the age of 65 have hearing loss (chha.ca), which is one reason why we offer free hearing tests at all our clinics across the country.
The article above went on to explain how musicianship and how development of superior auditory skills extend beyond the music domain to speech-in-noise perception may be the answer.
Dr. Aniruddh Patel proposed the OPERA hypothesis to explain heightened auditory skills of musicians (Frontiers in Psychology):
* Overlap: There is an overlap in the anatomy and physiology of the auditory system for speech and music.
* Precision: More precision is required for music processing than for speech.
* Emotions: The strong emotions often elicited by music may induce plasticity through activation of the brain's reward centres.
* Repetition: Extensive practice tunes the auditory system.
* Attention: Focused attention to details of sound is required when playing an instrument.
And if you needed another great reason to have a hearing test this month, we will be donating funds to provide hearing healthcare to children in need for every hearing test we do in December 2013.
The initiative is in support of the Hear the World Foundation under the banner of the 4Ears campaign.