A Preliminary Study of a Spanish Graphic Novella Targeting Hearing Loss Prevention Purpose This preliminary study developed a digital graphic novella targeting hearing protection beliefs of Spanish-speaking agricultural workers. Researchers used pretest–posttest interview surveys to establish if the novella had an immediate influence on the participants' beliefs about noise-induced hearing loss and usage of hearing protection devices. Method Researchers developed ... Research Article
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A Preliminary Study of a Spanish Graphic Novella Targeting Hearing Loss Prevention
 
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  • Mark Guiberson
    University of Wyoming, Laramie
  • Emily Wakefield
    University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
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  • Correspondence to Mark Guiberson: mguibers@uwyo.edu
  • Editor: Sumitrajit Dhar
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  • Associate Editor: Lauren Calandruccio
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Hearing Disorders / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Newly Published / Research Article
Research Article   |   June 23, 2017
A Preliminary Study of a Spanish Graphic Novella Targeting Hearing Loss Prevention
American Journal of Audiology, Newly Published. doi:10.1044/2017_AJA-16-0069
History: Received July 28, 2016 , Revised December 17, 2016 , Accepted January 28, 2017
 
American Journal of Audiology, Newly Published. doi:10.1044/2017_AJA-16-0069
History: Received July 28, 2016; Revised December 17, 2016; Accepted January 28, 2017

Purpose This preliminary study developed a digital graphic novella targeting hearing protection beliefs of Spanish-speaking agricultural workers. Researchers used pretest–posttest interview surveys to establish if the novella had an immediate influence on the participants' beliefs about noise-induced hearing loss and usage of hearing protection devices.

Method Researchers developed a digital graphic novella directed to increase knowledge about noise-induced hearing loss and increase the proper use of hearing protection devices. The novella was tailored to meet the specific linguistic and literacy needs of Spanish-speaking agricultural workers. Thirty-one Spanish-speaking farmworkers of Mexican nationality participated. This study included an interview survey with specific questions on noise-induced hearing loss, myths, and hearing protection device usage. A pretest–posttest design was applied to measure the graphic novella's immediate influence on workers.

Results The posttest scores on Hearing Protection Beliefs statements were significantly better than pretest scores, with a large effect size observed.

Conclusion Digital media may be an effective way to overcome language and literacy barriers with Spanish-speaking workers when providing health education and prevention efforts.

Acknowledgments
This study was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) through the High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (CDC/NIOSH Grant No. 5U54OH008085). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC or NIOSH.
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