Print Email Facebook Twitter Estimating adolescent risk for hearing loss based on data from a large school-based survey Title Estimating adolescent risk for hearing loss based on data from a large school-based survey Author Vogel, L. Verschuure, H. van der Ploeg, C.P.B. Brug, J. Raat, H. TNO Kwaliteit van Leven Publication year 2010 Abstract Objectives. We estimated whether and to what extent a group of adolescents were at risk of developing permanent hearing loss as a result of voluntary exposure to high-volume music, and we assessed whether such exposure was associated with hearing-related symptoms. Methods. In 2007, 1512 adolescents (aged 12-19 years) in Dutch secondary schools completed questionnaires about their music-listening behavior and whether they experienced hearing-related symptoms after listening to highvolume music. We used their self-reported data in conjunction with published average sound levels of music players, discotheques, and pop concerts to estimate their noise exposure, and we compared that exposure to our own "loosened" (i.e., less strict) version of current European safety standards for occupational noise exposure. Results. About half of the adolescents exceeded safety standards for occupational noise exposure. About one third of the respondents exceeded safety standards solely as a result of listening to MP3 players. Hearing symptoms that occurred after using an MP3 player or going to a discotheque were associated with exposure to high-volume music. Conclusions. Adolescents often exceeded current occupational safety standards for noise exposure, hiqhliqhtinq the need for specific safety standards for leisure-time noise exposure. Subject HealthAdultHealth surveyNoise injuryAdolescentCross-Sectional StudiesFemaleHealth SurveysHearing Loss, Noise-InducedHearing TestsHumansMaleMP3-PlayerMusicNetherlandsNoiseRisk FactorsSchoolsYoung Adult To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:7d79b8c3-77b1-4032-bbde-1963f0736809 DOI https://doi.org/10.2105/ajph.2009.168690 TNO identifier 352038 ISSN 0090-0036 Source American Journal of Public Health, 100 (6), 1095-1100 Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.