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Older adults may be better at listening in noisy social settings than long thought
Irsik VC, Johnsrude IS, Herrmann B (2022) Age-related deficits in dip-listening evident for isolated sentences but not for spoken stories. Scientific Reports 12:5898.
"Ever grumble about your grandpa's tendency to cheat during a spirited game of gin rummy; or mutter under your breath when grandma asks you to help clean the table at family dinner? Well, you might want to do it more quietly, because there's a good chance they can hear you better than you think. ..."
Aged brains are hyper-responsive to sound
Herrmann B, Maess B, Johnsrude IS (2018) Aging affects adaptation to sound-level statistics in human auditory cortex. The Journal of Neuroscience 38:1989-1999.
Print coverage: London Free Press
"Trouble tuning out noise as you age? Blame your brain, not your ears. A new study from Western University says aging brains are more sensitive to all sounds ..."
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