Do you have trouble making out what people are saying in a noisy restaurant? If so, you're not alone -- especially if you're an older adult.
Now researchers at Ryerson University in Toronto may have found a surprising cure, National Public Radio reports.
Often, hearing aids can only help so much, says Frank Russo, a professor of psychology and director of the Science of Music, Auditory Research and Technology Lab, or SMART Lab, at Ryerson.
That's because separating speech from noise is a task for our brains, rather than our ears.
As we age, the pathway between the inner ear and the brain's auditory cortex becomes less functional, according to Russo. And previous research has shown that aging musicians are better than non-musicians at distinguishing speech from noise, even when their overall hearing is just as bad as non-musicians'.
Russo and his colleagues have organized a choir for older adults, with and they are testing whether it helps their brains to process speech in noisy environments.
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