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A suggested model for decision-making regarding hearing conservation: towards a systems theory approach
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9184-6989
2013 (English)In: International Journal of Audiology, ISSN 1499-2027, E-ISSN 1708-8186, Vol. 52, no 1, p. 57-64Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to investigate potential health promotion variables associated with adolescents' hearing protection use at concerts.

STUDY SAMPLE: The sample consisted of 242 upper secondary school students aged 15-19 years.

DESIGN: Variables defined by the theory of planned behaviour (TBP) and health belief model were tested in this quantitative study.

RESULTS: Fifty-three percent of the adolescents reported that they used hearing protection at concerts to some degree, and 33 individuals (14%) reported that they used hearing protection in 50% of cases or more. The average degree of hearing protection use was reported to be 17% of the visits at concerts. Norms, perceived control, barriers, and noise sensitivity were associated with attitudes towards loud music. In addition, norms, barriers, permanent tinnitus, and noise sensitivity were significantly correlated with hearing protection use. However, intention was not significantly correlated with hearing protection use.

CONCLUSIONS: From a systems theoretical approach it can be suggested that preventive strategies must consider more levels than just the individual, in order to achieve long lasting behavioural changes in adolescents' listening habits. To be able to get useful knowledge about preventive strategies, it is necessary to add context-specific variables into generic models such as TPB.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 52, no 1, p. 57-64
Keywords [en]
Adolescents, prevention, leisure time noise exposure, hearing conservation behavior, attitudes, hearing protection, noise, hearing problems
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Medical and Health Sciences
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Disability Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-30252DOI: 10.3109/14992027.2012.728724ISI: 000312223800009PubMedID: 23088163Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84870940338OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-30252DiVA, id: diva2:641672
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Funding Agency:

Swedish Institute for Disability Research 

Örebro University 

Available from: 2013-08-19 Created: 2013-08-19 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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