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Friday, February 8 • 3:40pm - 4:00pm
Use of Technology in Hearing Protection Educational Interventions Among Youth: Lessons Learned from Recent Studies

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Millions of farm and rural youth are exposed to hazardous noise as they work, live on, and visit farms. Children exposed to high noise are at risk for academic failure and behavioral problems, in addition to the risks of noise-induced hearing loss and other somatic effects of noise. However, most farm and rural youth are not served by hearing conservation programs. The role of technology in promoting health behavior among youth is of great interest since youth are highly receptive to multimedia audiovisual presentations, interactive websites, and smartphone apps.   In this systematic review, we examined the use of technology and other features of programs designed to increase use of hearing protection among noise-exposed youth in production agriculture.  The number of published reports of hearing conservation programs for youth was low (n=10). Assessment of program efficacy was not included in most reports, and multiple methodological limitations constrain their utility to public health. Some recent small intervention studies using low-cost technology-based educational approaches had evidence of efficacy as they demonstrated significant improvement in hearing protection knowledge and behavior in multiple settings across the United States.  Integrating technology in future hearing conservation programs offers promise, in that this approach offers low-cost and youth-friendly characteristics.

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Khalid Khan, PhD

Assistant Professor, Indiana University, Bloomington
Khalid Khan is an Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Indiana University School of Public Health at Bloomington. His research interests are centered on the broad area of environmental epidemiology with specific emphasis on prevention of environmental... Read More →


Friday February 8, 2019 3:40pm - 4:00pm PST
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