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Assessment of Safe Listening Intentional Behavior Toward Personal Listening Devices in Young Adults

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Department of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology, University of North Texas, Denton, TX 76203, USA
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Mayborn School of Journalism, University of North Texas, Denton, TX 76203, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(17), 3180; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16173180
Received: 16 August 2019 / Revised: 27 August 2019 / Accepted: 29 August 2019 / Published: 31 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environmental Exposures and Hearing Loss)
Recreational noise-induced hearing loss (RNIHL) is a highly preventable disorder that is commonly seen in teenagers and young adults. Despite the documented negative effects of RNIHL, it is still challenging to persuade people to adopt safe listening behaviors. More research is needed to understand the underlying factors guiding listeners’ intentions to engage in safe listening habits. We used the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) to identify attitudes, social norms, and behavioral control in 92 young adults toward two intentional behaviors related to safe listening habits while listening to their personal listening devices: (1) lowering the intensity of loud music, and (2) shortening the listening duration of loud music. Using a Qualtrics survey, the major factors of the TPB model as they relate to the participants’ intention to engage in risk-controlling behavior were assessed. Behavioral intentions to turn the music down and listen for shorter durations were thought to be predicted by the TPB factors (attitudes, social norms, and perceived behavioral control). Linear regression findings indicated that the overall TPB models were significant. Positive attitudes toward turning the music down and shortening the durations were significantly associated with intentions to engage in non-risky behavior, more so for the former behavior. View Full-Text
Keywords: recreational noise; noise-induced hearing loss; theory of planned behavior; young adults; safe listening behaviors recreational noise; noise-induced hearing loss; theory of planned behavior; young adults; safe listening behaviors
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Gopal, K.V.; Champlin, S.; Phillips, B. Assessment of Safe Listening Intentional Behavior Toward Personal Listening Devices in Young Adults. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 3180. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16173180

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Gopal KV, Champlin S, Phillips B. Assessment of Safe Listening Intentional Behavior Toward Personal Listening Devices in Young Adults. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(17):3180. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16173180

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Gopal, Kamakshi V., Sara Champlin, and Bryce Phillips. 2019. "Assessment of Safe Listening Intentional Behavior Toward Personal Listening Devices in Young Adults" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16, no. 17: 3180. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16173180

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