Music Training May Delay Hearing and Memory Loss

A new study suggests lifelong musical experiences can retard certain aspects of the aging process. Specifically, Northwestern University scientists discovered a lifetime of musical training slows some aspects of hearing and memory loss.

The experts believe the findings suggest age-related delays in neural timing (the ability of the brain to decode and then recode audio stimuli) are not inevitable and can be avoided or offset with musical training.

The study is the first to provide biological evidence that lifelong musical experience has an impact on the aging process.

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What Would You Say To Your 20-Year-Old Self?

“I have learned to appreciate myself more — both my body and the kind of person that I am,” she tells NPR’s Michele Norris. “I’ve learned to take myself less seriously, not worry about where I’m going and what I’m going to accomplish — and focusing on the fact that … you have to enjoy this time because it’s only here so long.

Clic here to review this interview of a young blogger who sought advise from beyond her peer group.