Relating use of portable audio devices to audiometric thresholds in university students
Keywords:Acoustic noise, Audiometers, Environmental impact, Portable equipment, Research and development management, Students, Audio devices, Audiometric measures, Mass storage
AbstractThe use of portable audio devices and their relation to audiometric thresholds in university students are investigated. The hearing health of young adults is a concern because of the introduction of portable audio devices with mass storage that enables a listener to hear a larger selection of music. Each individual completed a hearing test lasting less than 30 minutes. The ear to which the stimulus was presented was that which the participant believed to be of lesser ability or if both ears were believed to be equally good then the left ear was tested. Research should focus on isolating the direct effect of portable audio devices on hearing from the effects of environmental noise exposure in a large sample and also to relate audiometric measures to long-term patterns and conditions of usage of these devices.
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