Personal Listening Devices in Australia: Patterns of Use and Levels of Risk.
Megan Gilliver, Jenny Nguyen, Elizabeth F Beach, Caitlin Barr
Semin Hear | Published : 2017
Personal listening devices (PLDs) have the potential to increase the risk of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) for users. The present study aimed to investigate the nature and extent of the risk posed, by describing the user profile of a PLD population, identifying listening habits of that population, and examining whether PLD risk status is associated with hearing damage. A sample of 4,185 Australian PLD users completed an online survey about listening behaviors and hearing health. Listeners were characterized as low, high, or very high-risk based on daily noise dose estimates calculated from self-reported listening volume and durations. Listening patterns and hearing difficulties were exam..View full abstract