What are the possible factors influencing perceptions of risk in relation to loud music and the use of hearing protectors in young adults attending House and Techno Disc Jockey events?
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Background: Exposure to harmful noise-levels in high-volume music venues is a common occurrence for many young people, having the potential to cause serious hearing difficulties later in life. Previous research has highlighted that an awareness of the risks of attending such venues was often not enough to encourage young people to protect their hearing, implying other factors also influence them perceiving risk and protecting themselves. Aims: To identify the possible factors that influence risk perception in a music setting and how this influences the use of hearing protection devices. Methods & Procedures: Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with six young/emerging adults, aged between 18-24 years of age. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis was used to analyse the data. Findings: There were three main factors that influence risk perception, those were; the knowledge of potential noise-injury symptoms; the attitudes towards these consequences; and the attitude towards amplified music. These factors influenced participants to use hearing protection devices, however for some these had an adverse effect upon risk perception and their use terminated. Conclusions & Implications: Multiple factors affect risk perception. They hold different weightings for each individual, making each different important. The trigger to health behaviour was the core reason of why they used hearing protection. Future research must take into consideration the multiple factors.
B.Sc. (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy
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