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We are going to carry out such a study, in conjunction with research labs at five other institutions. With six universities involved, we will be able to recruit a sufficiently large number of people in the study and decrease the likelihood of any regional bias influencing the outcomes. We will be trying to validate the following claims:
- that musicians have an improved ability to understand speech in noisy environments
- that the responses of a musician's brainstem to speech sounds is enhanced, and
- that older musicians have reduced symptoms from age-related hearing loss.
Aging, Hearing and auditory perception, Music and beat perception