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Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, USA
Publication date: 2016-09-30
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Saravanan Elangovan   

Saravanan Elangovan, Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, USA, e-mail: elangova@etsu.edu
J Hear Sci 2016;6(3):36-44
A link between musical expertise and auditory temporal processing abilities was examined.

Material and Methods:
Trained musicians (n=13) and non-musicians (n=12) were tested on speech tasks (phonetic identification, speech recognition in noise) and non-speech tasks (temporal gap detection).

Results indicated musicians had shorter between-channel gap detection thresholds and sharper phonetic identification functions, suggesting that perceptual reorganization following musical training assists basic temporal auditory processes.

In general, our results provide a conceptual advance in understanding how musical training influences speech processing, an ability which, when impaired, can affect speech and reading competency.

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