Intentional Exposure to Loud Music: The Second Survey Reveals an Opportunity to Educate

Pediatric Otolaryngology Service, Department of Otolaryngology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Department of Otology and Laryngology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.
The Journal of pediatrics (Impact Factor: 3.74). 07/2009; 155(4):550-5. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2009.04.053
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ABSTRACT Music-induced hearing loss (MIHL), an unconsciously self-inflicted public health concern, could evolve into an epidemic because of the appeal of loud music. After media attention about a previous hearing-loss survey with Music Television (, we hypothesized that a repeat survey could compare awareness and behavior trends.
We incorporated the 2002 survey into the new 73-question instrument presented to random visitors on the website in 2007. A P < .05 value was used for independent t and z- tests.
A total of 2500 completed surveys were analyzed. Hearing loss was considered a problem by 32% of respondents compared with other health issues such as drug/alcohol use (62%). However, nearly half of the respondents admitted experiencing symptoms such as tinnitus or hearing loss after loud music exposure. Health care providers were the least likely source of MIHL awareness despite the respondents favoring provider education for hearing protection behavior modification.
Most respondents still could not recall learning about prevention of potential hearing loss, although the media has become the most informative source. Most respondents indicated that they would adopt protective ear behavior if made aware of hearing loss risk, especially if informed by health care professionals, revealing an educational opportunity.

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