Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss due to peripheral (cochlear) and/or central losses (brain stem and beyond) affects over three million Canadian adults (retrieved from: https://www.hear-it.org/three-million-canadians-suffer-from-hearing-loss). Because singing requires sensitivity to fine- and gross-temporal structure, it has potential to be an effective way to rehabilitate central hearing loss. For example, our group found that 10 weeks of group singing in adults living with age-related hearing loss led to improvements in speech-in-noise perception (Dubinsky et al., 2019). These improvements were mediated by improvements in the neural representation of pitch, suggesting that the extra-musical benefits on speech perception were not merely a product of increased motivation to perform well in auditory tasks.




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