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May112011

Musical Training Has Life-Long Benefits

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- Learning to play a musical instrument can help improve children's performance in school -- a growing body of research suggests -- and now a new study shows that continued training has life-long effects that may actually reduce the impact of age-related hearing problems.

According to researchers at Northwestern University, adult musicians ranging in age from 45-65 had better auditory memory and were also better at hearing speech in noisy environments than their non-musician counterparts.

"Music experience bolsters the elements [memory and speech perception] that combat age-related communication problems," according to the senior author of the paper.

The study’s findings were published by PLoS One.

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