How music lessons help hearing

  • 24 August 2012
Girl playing a violin Image copyright SPL

Do you play a musical instrument? Well there's good news if you do.

Scientists have found that people who take music lessons when they are children are likely to have better hearing when they grow up.

A report in the Journal of Neuroscience says that musical learning helps people recognise different frequencies of sound.

In later, life this means that people who had even a few years of music lessons were better at things like being able to hear a conversation in a noisy room.

Professor Nina Kraus wrote the report. He 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."

So even if practising your instrument might get a bit boring sometimes it could do you good in the long run.