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Int Tinnitus J. 2016 Jul 22;20(1):42-7. doi: 10.5935/0946-5448.20160008.

Amplified music with headphones and its implications on hearing health in teens.

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1
Fonoaudiologia, Universidade Tuiuti do Paraná, Curitiba, PR, Brazil.
2
Programa de Mestrado e Doutorado em Distúrbios da Comunicação - Universidade Tuiuti do Paraná, Curitiba, PR, Brazil.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To analyze the habits and behavior of adolescents exposed to amplified music with headphones and its implications on their hearing health.

METHODS:

One hundred thirty-one high school students, aged 15 to 18 years were given a questionnaire containing closed questions regarding their habits and behavior related to personal stereos use. It is a descriptive cross-sectional study and used the Chi-square test.

RESULTS:

It was shown that 79% of young people make use of portable music devices, 61.83% have a habit of using them often, 34.35% have long periods of exposure, and 37.40% use them at high volume. In terms of symptoms, present were: difficulty concentrating 63.36%; the need to ask people to repeat what was said 64.12%; the need to increase the TV volume 43.51%; tinnitus 38.93%, excitability 38.93%; and 36.64% of teens say they are somewhat worried about losing their hearing through the use of personal stereos. For the preventive aspects, 90.84% believe that noise is part of society, 80.92% find it important to reduce noise pollution, 51.91% would like to know the influence of the noise/pollution, but 74.81% would not like to participate in projects with questions about hearing health.

CONCLUSION:

The youths in this study are making indiscriminate use of personal stereos with headphones, within a population at risk for hearing loss considering its habits. Hearing Health Promotion Programs are recommended for this population.

KEYWORDS:

health risk; hearing; hearing loss; noise-induced; tinnitus

PMID:
27488993
DOI:
10.5935/0946-5448.20160008
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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