NPR: Music to Ease Hearing Loss
NPR featured a piece on “All Things Considered,” considering how to improve speech understanding in noisy environments. The segment focused on an ongoing study by Frank Russo, the director of the Science of Music, Auditory Research, and Technology Lab (SMART Lab) at Ryerson University in Toronto.
Based on work of other researchers such as Nina Kraus, Russo and colleagues are recruiting subjects to join a choir to see if musical training, even short-term, can influence speech understanding in noise. The subjects in the choir group are being compared to two control groups, one with no musical intervention and a second not singing, but listening to music in a music appreciation course. The group plan to share their findings this summer at The Neurosciences and Music-VI.
Siegel R, Hsu A. (2017 “Like Brain Boot Camp:” Using Music to Ease Hearing Loss. ) National Public Radio, May 31.