Date of Award
Communication Sciences & Disorders
This study aimed to examine if people know what intensity level of white noise or music will harm hearing with prolonged exposure. Each of the 25 college students were surveyed to find their perceived harm level in white noise and music, then completed a comprehension test while listening to each sound at that intensity level. The participants did not have perceived harm levels above the NIOSH-recommended 85 dB-A and there were no significant differences between the sound conditions. This showed that using personal listening devices while completing daily tasks is highly variable and may not cause harm.
White, Laura, "Perceived Harm Level of Personal Listening Devices and Effects on Task Performance" (2020). Undergraduate Honors Thesis Collection. 539.