If you have been contemplating taking up a musical instrument, now is the time to do it. Recent studies have shown that playing an instrument can help maintain one’s ability to process speech especially in difficult listening situations such as background noise. As we get older our cognitive ability can begin to decline. Research has suggested keeping the brain stimulated through playing an instrument can benefit the functioning of the central auditory system.
The same can be said for early use of hearing aids. Studies have shown that people who wait too long to use hearing aids do not benefit as much as those who begin using them earlier in life. Auditory deprivation from the lack of hearing can lead to cognitive decline.
It is important to get a baseline hearing test to evaluate your auditory system. Then take up your favorite instrument and play, play, play….