Listening to music with personal listening devices: monitoring the noise dose using a smartphone application

Ricky Kaplan-Neeman*, Chava Muchnik, Noam Amir

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Objectives. To monitor listening habits to personal listening devices (PLDs) using a smartphone application and to compare actual listening habits to self-report data. Design. Two stages: self-report listening habits questionnaire, and real-time monitoring of listening habits through a smartphone application. Study sample. Overall 117 participants aged 18–34 years (mean 25.5 years) completed the questionnaire, and of them, 40 participants (mean age: 25.2 years) were monitored for listening habits during two weeks. Results. Questionnaire main findings indicated that most of the participants reported listening for 4–7 days a week, for at least 30 min at high listening levels with volume control settings at 75–100%. Monitored data showed that actual listening days per week were 1.5–6.5 d, with mean continuous time of 1.56 h, and mean volume control setting of 7.39 (on a scale of 1–15). Eight participants (22%) were found to exceed the 100% noise dose at least once during the monitoring period. One participant (2.7%) exceeded the weekly 100% daily noise dose. Correlations between actual measurements and self-report data were low to moderate. Conclusions. Results confirmed the feasibility of monitoring listening habits by a smartphone application, and underscore the need for such a tool to enable safe listening behaviour.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)400-407
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Audiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 3 Jun 2017


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Department of Communication Disorders
Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University


    • Behavioural measures
    • hearing conservation
    • instrumentation
    • noise


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