Influence of Hearing Risk Information on the Motivation and Modification of Personal Listening Device Use Purpose The purpose of this study was (a) to investigate the behaviors, knowledge, and motivators associated with personal listening device (PLD) use and (b) to determine the influence of different types of hearing health risk education information (text with or without visual images) on motivation to modify PLD listening use ... Research Article
Research Article  |   December 01, 2016
Influence of Hearing Risk Information on the Motivation and Modification of Personal Listening Device Use
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Yula C. Serpanos
    Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
    Long Island Doctor of Audiology Consortium, Garden City, NY
  • Abbey L. Berg
    Pace University, New York, NY
  • Brittany Renne
    Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
    Long Island Doctor of Audiology Consortium, Garden City, NY
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication. ×
  • Correspondence to Yula C. Serpanos: Serpanos@adelphi.edu
  • Editor and Associate Editor: Larry Humes
    Editor and Associate Editor: Larry Humes×
Article Information
Hearing & Speech Perception / Hearing Disorders / Research Articles
Research Article   |   December 01, 2016
Influence of Hearing Risk Information on the Motivation and Modification of Personal Listening Device Use
American Journal of Audiology, December 2016, Vol. 25, 332-343. doi:10.1044/2016_AJA-15-0062
History: Received October 9, 2015 , Revised December 24, 2015 , Accepted December 28, 2015
 
American Journal of Audiology, December 2016, Vol. 25, 332-343. doi:10.1044/2016_AJA-15-0062
History: Received October 9, 2015; Revised December 24, 2015; Accepted December 28, 2015

Purpose The purpose of this study was (a) to investigate the behaviors, knowledge, and motivators associated with personal listening device (PLD) use and (b) to determine the influence of different types of hearing health risk education information (text with or without visual images) on motivation to modify PLD listening use behaviors in young adults.

Method College-age students (N = 523) completed a paper-and-pencil survey tapping their behaviors, knowledge, and motivation regarding listening to music or media at high volume using PLDs. Participants rated their motivation to listen to PLDs at lower volume levels following each of three information sets: text only, behind-the-ear hearing aid image with text, and inner ear hair cell damage image with text.

Results Acoustically pleasing and emotional motives were the most frequently cited (38%–45%) reasons for listening to music or media using a PLD at high volume levels. The behind-the-ear hearing aid image with text information was significantly (p < .0001) more motivating to participants than text alone or the inner ear hair cell damage image with text.

Conclusions Evocative imagery using hearing aids may be an effective approach in hearing protective health campaigns for motivating safer listening practices with PLDs in young adults.

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