Print Email Facebook Twitter Music venues and hearing loss: Opportunities for and barriers to improving environmental conditions Title Music venues and hearing loss: Opportunities for and barriers to improving environmental conditions Author Vogel, I. van der Ploeg, C.P.B. Brug, J. Raat, H. TNO Kwaliteit van Leven Publication year 2009 Abstract This study explores the opportunities for and barriers to improving environmental conditions in order to reduce the risk for music-induced hearing loss in people who attend music venues. Individual semi-structured interviews were held with 20 representatives of music venues and of governmental organizations, according to a semi-structured interview guide. The interviews were audiotaped, transcribed, and systematically coded using a content-analysis technique. Reported opportunities to reduce music volume included improving the acoustics and installing advanced speaker systems. The most important barrier reported was the lack of clear definitions of what levels of high-volume music are hazardous. Other barriers mentioned included economic considerations, and the beliefs that visitors demand high-volume music in music venues and are personally responsible for their own hearing. Before measures to improve environmental conditions are implemented, the exact dangers of exposure to high-volume music have to be established. Evidence-based guidelines and safety standards for leisure-time noise exposure should therefore be developed. © 2009 Informa UK Ltd All rights reserved. Subject HealthJeugd en GezondheidAuthoritiesEnvironmental conditionsMusic venuesMusic-induced hearing lossNoise-induced hearing loss To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:32129bfc-4caf-4fb4-96f4-d37a084add0a DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14992020902845907 TNO identifier 242685 ISSN 1499-2027 Source International Journal of Audiology, 48 (8), 531-536 Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.