Your favorite song comes on shuffle and you just have to turn up the volume all the way, right? There’s a good reason why you shouldn’t. Some 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of hearing loss due to unsafe use of personal audio devices, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Hearing impairment can lead to physical and mental health problems.
There are many reasons why encouraging kids to pick up an instrument could be beneficial to their lives. Music is a celebrated form of expression that fosters creativity—and most importantly, it’s fun! A recent study shows there’s even more good news: musical training during adolescence could protect the brain by preventing decay in speech-learning skills later in life.