A survey of the use of portable audio devices by university students
AbstractA survey was made for the use of portable audio devices by university students to determine the relationship between the sustained use of portable audio devices and hearing health in university students. Another goal of the project was to increase awareness about noise-induced hearing loss by providing an information session to those who completed the survey. A 124-item online survey was designed to probe items that would provide information on users of portable audio devices in the students. Items were designed to investigate a number of topics including demographic characteristics, transportation usage patterns, work environments, hearing history etc. It was found that majority of university students own a portable audio device. This may mean that noise induced hearing loss may be a larger concern, if the use of portable audio devices is excessive and if it is combined with exposure to other noise source.
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