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“There are more important things to worry about”:attitudes and behaviours towards leisure noise and use ofhearing protection in young adults

Hunter, Abby

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Abby Hunter abby.hunter@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

Objective: Noise-induced hearing problems among young adults are increasing due to participation in activities where music is played at a loud volume. This study explored attitudes towards leisure noise, hearing protection, and perceived susceptibility to noise damage in young adults with no hearing problems. Understanding attitudes and behaviours will assist with the future development of strategies to improve awareness and use of hearing protection.
Design: A qualitative study.
Study Sample: Four focus groups, with 28 adults aged between 18 and 35 years (6 male; 22 female; mean age 23 years).
Results: Using Framework Analysis, five themes emerged. Earplug use occurred when participants had experienced previous hearing damage. Others chose not to use earplugs because music venues are expected to be loud. Peer behaviours and opinions also had a strong influence over earplug use. A lack of knowledge of hearing related damage resulted in a lack of concern for hearing health and other health conditions taking priority.
Conclusions: The challenge is to present hearing health messages that are relevant and accessible to young adults. Music and entertainment venues must also take greater responsibility to protect the hearing of its customers by at least informing visitors of the dangers of loud music.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 30, 2018
Journal International Journal of Audiology
Print ISSN 1499-2027
Electronic ISSN 1708-8186
Publisher Taylor & Francis Open
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 57
Issue 6
Pages 449-456
APA6 Citation Hunter, A. (2018). “There are more important things to worry about”:attitudes and behaviours towards leisure noise and use ofhearing protection in young adults. International Journal of Audiology, 57(6), 449-456. doi:10.1080/14992027.2018.1430383
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14992027.2018.1430383
Keywords Noise-induced hearing problems; tinnitus; leisure noise; attitudes; earplugs
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14992027.2018.1430383
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Audiology on 29 January 2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline....0/14992027.2018.1430383

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