Presenter: Alexandria Weaver
We live in a world rich with sounds. Unfortunately, as we age the risk of experiencing hearing loss increases. Having trouble hearing makes it difficult to enjoy talking with friends and family, respond to warnings, and can affect our overall wellbeing. Even mild hearing loss as a natural result of aging is associated with an increased risk of developing dementia. Although hearing aids have been revolutionary, they are unable to help individuals discriminate speech in noisy environments. In my research, I explore how musical training impacts cognitive functions as a means to improve skills that are outside of training specific areas. Here I will discuss an intervention I am creating to improve one’s ability to process speech in noisy environments.