Survey of College Students' MP3 Listening: Habits, Safety Issues, Attitudes, and Education Purpose To survey listening habits and attitudes of typical college students who use MP3 players and to investigate possible safety issues related to MP3 player listening. Method College students who were frequent MP3 player users (N = 428) filled out a 30-item online survey. Specific areas probed by ... Research Article
Research Article  |   June 01, 2010
Survey of College Students' MP3 Listening: Habits, Safety Issues, Attitudes, and Education
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Alicia Hoover
    Auburn University, AL
  • Sridhar Krishnamurti
    Auburn University, AL
  • Contact author: Sridhar Krishnamurti, Department of Communication Disorders, 1199 Haley Center, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849. E-mail: krishsr@auburn.edu.
Article Information
Hearing Disorders / Research and Technology / Research Articles
Research Article   |   June 01, 2010
Survey of College Students' MP3 Listening: Habits, Safety Issues, Attitudes, and Education
American Journal of Audiology, June 2010, Vol. 19, 73-83. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2010/08-0036)
History: Received December 9, 2008 , Revised May 8, 2009 , Accepted March 17, 2010
 
American Journal of Audiology, June 2010, Vol. 19, 73-83. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2010/08-0036)
History: Received December 9, 2008; Revised May 8, 2009; Accepted March 17, 2010
Web of Science® Times Cited: 22

Purpose To survey listening habits and attitudes of typical college students who use MP3 players and to investigate possible safety issues related to MP3 player listening.

Method College students who were frequent MP3 player users (N = 428) filled out a 30-item online survey. Specific areas probed by the present survey included frequency and duration of MP3 player use, MP3 player volume levels used, types of earphones used, typical environments in which MP3 player was worn, specific activities related to safety while listening to MP3 players, and attitudes toward MP3 player use.

Results The majority of listeners wore MP3 players for less than 2 hr daily at safe volume levels. About one third of respondents reported being distracted while wearing an MP3 player, and more than one third of listeners experienced soreness in their ears after a listening session. About one third of respondents reported occasionally using their MP3 players at maximum volume levels. Listeners indicated willingness to (a) reduce volume levels, (b) decrease listening duration, and (c) buy specialized earphones to conserve their hearing.

Conclusion The study found concerns regarding the occasional use of MP3 players at full volume and reduced environmental awareness among some college student users.

Acknowledgment
This study was supported by the Auburn University Undergraduate Research Fellowship awarded to Alicia Hoover (2007–2008).
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