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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 41-46

How Harmful is your personal listening device: A knowledge and attitude survey among college-going students of India

1 Department of ENT and Head and Neck Surgery, AIIMS, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India
2 Department of Community and Family Medicine, AIIMS, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India
3 Department of ENT and Head and Neck Surgery, ESIC Medical College and PGIMSR, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Satvinder Singh Bakshi
Department of ENT and Head and Neck Surgery, AIIMS, Guntur - 522 503, Andhra Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/sjoh.sjoh_55_20

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Objectives: Over 1 billion people globally are at risk of hearing loss due to unsafe listening practices. The most common unsafe practice is using personal listening devices (PLDs), especially along with headphones. This study aimed to determine the knowledge regarding hearing loss due to the use of PLDs and practice concerning these devices among the college-going population (18–25 years) in India. Methodology: A cross-sectional study was conducted among college-going students aged 18–25 years. Data were collected using an anonymous web-based self-administered questionnaire. Results: A total of 255 male and 133 female students were enrolled (n = 388). Most participants listened to music more than an hour a day and 44% listened to loud and very loud music. More than half chose to ignore the warning message on their PLD and around 30% had never come across any educational material regarding the risk of hearing loss due to the use of PLDs. Conclusion: The findings indicate the need for the development of more targeted educational material and outreach programs to reduce the burden of hearing loss due to the use of PLDs.

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