Children who take music lessons have better hearing as adults, a study in the Journal of Neuroscience suggests. It found that children who played an instrument, even for as little as one to five years, had enhanced brain responses to complex sounds.
Compared with those who had never taken music classes, they were better at recognizing different frequencies. This improved hearing ability can help listeners follow conversations in noisy environments, such as restaurants.
Report author Nina Kraus said, “Based on what we already know about the ways that music helps shape the brain, the study suggests that short-term music lessons may enhance lifelong listening and learning.”
“We infer that a few years of music lessons also confers advantages in how one perceives and attends to sounds in everyday communication situations, such as noisy restaurants.”