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Have you ever been in a crowded, noisy room and recognized the sound of someone’s voice?

Chances are the person’s voice you recognized was the voice of your spouse, especially if you’re over the age of 60.

A new study shows the longer you’re married to someone, the more likely you are to pick out their voice in a crowded environment.

Knowing this might come in handy, say if you and your spouse plan on being contestants on a game show like the “Price is Right” anytime soon. You’ll be able to easily identify the price your husband or wife is shouting to you from the crowd.

The study, conducted at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada found that couples between the ages of 44 to 60 were better able to block out the sound of their spouses voices and hear what other people were saying in a crowded room.

Couples over the age of 60 tended to fixate on the sound of their spouse’s voice and couldn’t help but hear what their spouse was saying.

The researchers believe the reason why is because your brain’s processing power declines slightly as you get older, and trying to listen to a voice you don’t completely recognize in a crowded room just drains your brain too much. In other words, you lose a little of your “tune out” ability as you get older.

Personally, I think there’s another good reason why people over the age of 60 tend to recognize their spouses voice so quickly in a noisy environment, it’s because of all those years of being nagged!

You finally reach a point where you just give in and succumb to the power of your husband or wife’s voice. Yes dear, whatever you say dear. Right away dear!

Yep, that’s gotta be the reason. No doubt about it!

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