Why listening to music is beneficial for your well-being

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06/21/2021

By James Pocock, Hidden Hearing

Music has been so important to society and culture for thousands of years. Some of the earliest instruments even date back to about 40,000 years ago1

Apart from its role in society, research also shows that music has positive effects on your overall well-being. 

The role music plays in our lives varies from person to person, but many people listen to and enjoy music daily.

Hearing loss can affect your ability to listen to your favourite music. 

Here’s why it’s so important to act on your hearing loss and get back to enjoying music.

Music can strengthen social bonds 

Music affects the areas of the brain involved in trust, cooperation, and empathy, so it affects our ability to connect with those around us.

This means when you listen to music with others or create music in a group, you may feel more connected to those around you2.

Music can improve your mood

Listening to music can help release oxytocin, which is a neuropeptide in your brain that plays an important role in bonding and building trust between people.

Another study showed that listening to music releases the “feel-good hormone” dopamine which is associated with learning and memory1234.  

Music may improve immune functioning

Music might also affect overall physical health.

One study from Wilkes University found that students who listened to soothing music showed higher levels of a specific antibody in the immune system. This means that this kind of music could even improve immunity5.

Music may improve memory

The dopamine release that can take place when listening to music is associated with learning and memory.

Studies on hospital patients in recovery have shown that those patients who listened to music daily during recovery displayed significant improvements in verbal memory and focused attention compared to groups who didn’t listen to music every day5.

Music can improve cognitive performance

Research shows that music helps people to improve performance on cognitive tasks.

More specifically, upbeat music improves your ability to do a task quickly6.

Music can improve motivation and exercise performance

Listening to music during a workout can lead to better exercise performance and increased stamina. This is because when you give your attention to the music, you’re less likely to pay attention to the task at hand and enjoy the music6.

And the workout doesn’t have to be a high-powered workout. Just play your favourite music through your hearing aids and head out for your favourite walk. You might just feel like walking a little farther!

How hearing loss can affect our ability to enjoy your favorite music

When you have hearing loss, you may have difficulty hearing your favourite music. At first you might think that it’s not a big deal, but we’ve seen that music has a strong influence on your overall well-being, sense of community, and health.

How hearing aids can help your enjoy music again

If you’re having trouble hearing music and other sounds in your day-to-day life, hearing aids can help you to hear the sounds you enjoy again.

Modern hearing aids even allow you to stream music directly into them – so they can essentially replace your headphones and function like a hands-free headset.

Get a free hearing test

If you’re interested in learning more about how hearing aids can help you hear all the important sounds in your life, book a free hearing test today.

Sources:
1 – The story of music is the story of humans (Science Daily)
2 – Four Ways Music Strengthens Social Bonds (Greater Good Science Center)
3 – How to Hack Your Hormones for a Better Mood (Healthline)
4 – Why We Love Music (Greater Good Science Center)
5 – Five Ways Music Can Make You Healthier (Greater Good Science Center)
6 – How Listening to Music Can Have Psychological Benefits

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