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11 April 2019, 12:11 | Updated: 11 April 2019, 16:35
Do you suffer from the rare condition of amusia? Find out now.
'Tone deaf' is a not-particularly-nice term that's used far too liberally. It can put people off making music and dampen creativity. Now, one group has decided to do something about it by busting a few of the myths around tone deafness.
According to Easy Ear Training, very few people – around five per cent of the population – actually suffer from amusia, a clinical cognitive impairment which means the brain cannot process musical sounds properly to make sense of them.
Many people believe they are tone deaf just because they struggle to sing in tune. Actually, most of these people have the basic pitch discrimination skills necessary to tell notes apart. They simply lack musical training – and probably in a lot of cases – musical confidence.
Easy Ear Training's test focuses on the listener's ability to identify pitch relationships and changes. Try it yourself and share it with a friend who thinks they're tone deaf. The science, and this test, will probably suggest otherwise...
Click below to begin the test: