11 June 2014

Young people in Singapore risk noised-induced hearing loss

One in six students in Singapore risk noise-induced hearing loss because of their music habits, a study shows.

The music habits of young people in Singapore have been shown to be dangerous for their hearing, particularly their use of earphones. A research team from Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore has discovered that over 16% of youths are at risk of developing noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) due to their music habits in their free time.

The study consisted of data from nearly 2,000 students who were requested to take a self-administered questionnaire and a sound test. The questionnaire was used among other things to determine how many hours the students listened to music from an MP3-player on a daily basis.

Male students – louder volumes

Combined with the sound test, the researchers found that 16.4% or one in six participants listened to music on an MP3-player daily; the equivalent of 8 hours of 85 dB noise exposures or more. According to the study, this group of young people is at risk of developing NIHL from music delivered via earphones.

The researchers also found that male students were more likely to listen to music at louder volumes compared to female students.

Based on the study, the researchers point out a need for an effective noise prevention program among young people in Singapore, not least in regards to their music habits.

The study was published in Singapore Medical Journal.

Source: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov 

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