The Hochstein School is a subcontractor with the University of Rochester for a study funded by the National Institutes of Health that explores the relationship between hearing abilities and musical training on the perception of other types of sounds, including speech in noisy backgrounds.
The study coordinators are seeking participants between the ages of 11 and 17 with normal hearing, whose first language is English. They are looking for teens who are currently taking music lessons, as well as those who aren’t studying music. Participants are paid to participate and most of the study is conducted remotely.
This study is one of the first national awards granted by Sound Health, a partnership between NIH and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (in collaboration with renowned opera singer Renée Fleming) and in association with the National Endowment for the Arts.
The study is planned to end in June 2022. Once the study is complete, we’ll post the results.
In a major step toward using rigorous science to realize music’s potential for improving human health, NIH awarded $20 million over five years to support the first research projects of the Sound Health initiative. Learn more about Sound Health at https://www.nih.gov/research-training/medical-research-initiatives/sound-health.