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Saturday, February 9 • 9:50am - 10:10am
Hearing Protective Devices and Firearms Suppressors: Audiologists' Knowledge and Self-Efficacy

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It is well documented that firearms produce sound pressure levels deleterious to hearing. Hearing protective devices (HPDs) are the first line of hearing loss prevention for patients who use firearms; however, they may not sufficiently protect hearing due to fit issues and level of protection. There is a growing interest by the public in the use of suppressors as hearing protection. Whereas recent research has demonstrated that suppressors reduce sound levels to the ear, their use as a HPD is controversial. Many misconceptions exist about their protective value among both patients and healthcare providers.   Via online survey, this study examined audiologists‚Äô knowledge, education level, and self-efficacy regarding HPDs/suppressors. Data from 137 respondents across the United States was analyzed. The demographics of the respondents were similar to those seen for previously reported ASHA surveys of providers. This study aimed to examine the relationships among audiologists‚Äô personal firearms use, demographic factors, graduate and post-graduate education, knowledge, and self-efficacy. Study outcomes can be used to prompt further research into the state of graduate and continuing education for hearing loss prevention, the use of various HPDs and the  the synergistic effects of traditional HPDs and suppressors.

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Alexander Morris

Doctor of Audiology (AuD) Student, Advanced Hearing Center
Alexander Morris is a fourth-year doctor of audiology (AuD) student at the University of Texas at Dallas currently completing his externship at the Advanced Hearing Center (Sugar Land, TX). He serves on the board of the Student Academy of Audiology as chair for the Public Outreach... Read More →


Saturday February 9, 2019 9:50am - 10:10am PST
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