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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 42  |  Page : 49--53

Attitudes of college music students towards noise in youth culture

1 Texas Center for Music and Medicine, University of North Texas, Denton, TX, USA
2 Department of Speech and Hearing Science, University of North Texas, Denton, TX, USA

Correspondence Address:
Kris Chesky
College of Music, University of North Texas, Denton, TX 76203
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1463-1741.45312

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The effectiveness of a hearing loss prevention program within a college may be dependent on attitudes among students majoring in music. The purpose of this study was to assess the attitudes of music majors toward noise and to compare them to students not majoring in music. Participants ( N = 467) filled out a questionnaire designed to assess attitudes toward noise in youth culture and attitudes toward influencing their sound environment. Results showed that students majoring in music have a healthier attitude toward sound compared to students not majoring in music. Findings also showed that music majors are more aware and attentive to noise in general, likely to perceive sound that may be risky to hearing as something negative, and are more likely to carry out behaviors to decrease personal exposure to loud sounds. Due to these differences, music majors may be more likely than other students to respond to and benefit from a hearing loss prevention program.


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