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Press Release 09-224

Report Says Musicians Hear Better Than Non-Musicians

Music appreciation could help children with language-based learning disabilities

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Photo of men playing a saxaphone and a trumpet.

When tested against non-musicians, musicians demonstrated faster neural timing, enhanced representation of speech harmonics, and less degraded response morphology in noise. The finding is the first biological evidence that musicians have a perceptual advantage for "speech-in-noise."

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