Clubbers’ Attitude Toward Earplugs: Better with Use
Nielsen, Lillian Bjorn
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While earplugs have been identified as an effective way for patrons of loud music venues to mitigate the risks from noise exposure, such hearing protectors are rarely worn. Time and experience may change that, though, we showed in this study. We gave regular music patrons (clubbers) earplugs and explored their experience of wearing them. By the end of the 16-week study, most participants had developed a positive view of the hearing protectors. The results are encouraging because they suggest that experience with earplugs can lead to sustained positive attitudes toward the devices, which has the potential to reduce the chance of future hearing loss and tinnitus in this at-risk group of music venue patrons.