Lost Hearing—on the Dance Floor A growing body of evidence suggests excessive noise levels in nightclubs adversely affect hearing, and may ultimately be responsible for noise-induced hearing loss, according to a study published January 2014 in The Journal of Laryngology & Otology. Researchers led by Oliver Johnson at the University of Birmingham Medical School, U.K., ... Research in Brief
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Lost Hearing—on the Dance Floor
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Lost Hearing—on the Dance Floor
The ASHA Leader, May 2014, Vol. 19, 14. doi:10.1044/leader.RIB5.19052014.14
The ASHA Leader, May 2014, Vol. 19, 14. doi:10.1044/leader.RIB5.19052014.14
A growing body of evidence suggests excessive noise levels in nightclubs adversely affect hearing, and may ultimately be responsible for noise-induced hearing loss, according to a study published January 2014 in The Journal of Laryngology & Otology.
Researchers led by Oliver Johnson at the University of Birmingham Medical School, U.K., found that although students didn’t want to alter their attendance, the majority would rather see noise reduced to safe limits, contrary to the widely held preconception that young people demand high volume levels in nightclubs.
Researchers distributed a questionnaire to students entering or leaving the University of Birmingham Medical School over a five-day period during March 2012, with 357 people (mean age 21; 60 percent female, 77 percent medical students) completing the questionnaire. Almost half the students said they attended a nightclub at least once per week.
Of those students surveyed—excluding those who never attended nightclubs and those with pre-existing hearing problems—88 percent had experienced transient tinnitus after attending a nightclub. Transient tinnitus can be a precursor to other noise-induced hearing loss symptoms, including permanent tinnitus, hyperacusis or irreversible hearing loss.
Most students in the sample population (90 percent) were aware that current nightclub noise levels are potentially damaging to hearing. However, 73 percent of students who attended nightclubs reported that they would not alter their attendance, despite being told that the noise levels could lead to permanent hearing loss. Nonetheless, 70 percent of nightclub attendees agreed that noise levels should be limited to volumes that are not damaging to hearing.
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