Hey, how is your sense of hearing? It’s a fact that as we get older, our hearing changes.
First, the obvious: as we age, our ears become less sensitive to sound. But if we abuse our ears with excessive volume when we’re young, the sooner our hearing will begin to get worse.
But here’s another fact. As we age, the way we perceive sound changes. This is according to a study by a geneticist named Jane Gitschier at the University of California. As we get older, our perception of sound gets sharper. That means to an older person, a pure middle C as a C-sharp. That’s a whole half-tone.
Could this explain why some older people find the music of young people so disagreeable?