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terrier musicians better at auditory cognition (13) RE: musicians better at auditory cognition 16 May 11

The musicians had statistically better auditory memory scores and tested better at hearing speech in noisy environments

As a lifelong musician, when I'm playing in a session or with a music group, I find it easy to listen to each individual instrument and can tell what they're playing, even though the instrument may be the quietest in the group (unless the general noise level in the room is TOO loud). This doesn't apply to voice. Unlike the findings in the study, I have difficulty 'locking on' to a conversation in a noisy environment. Just maybe, because I've spent years playing with other musicians and having to listen to what they are playing as individuals, my brain is unconciously trying to listen to too much at once and so unable to listen to just one person talking in a crowded room where a number are talking at once. This seems to fly in the face of the studies findings, but I'm sure, the more work done on the subject, more interesting results will come out if it.
I recently had a hearing test and the results showed that I had above normal hearing in the higher spectrum and some hearing loss to lower pitched sound, evidently, this is the wrong way round for someone of my age (60+), so maybe I wouldn't be a good subject for this study.

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