Effects of Personal Stereo Use

Project Details


Modern personal stereo systems have the ability to store thousands of music files in small, relatively low-cost, compact devices. The popularity and widespread presence of the MP3 player cannot go unnoticed in contemporary society. Given a sufficient noise level and listening duration, consumers are at risk of developing a noise-induced hearing loss. A study into the effects of personal stereo use will be carried out with the intention of investigating common noise exposure levels in realistic and/or simulated settings, user listening habits and the hearing status in a group of listeners.  Noise exposure levels are to be obtained by using the manikin technique described in the ISO 11904-2 standard. The listening habits will be investigated through structured interviews, where participants report on personal stereo listening habits and prior hearing history. The hearing status of selected subjects will be evaluated through the use audiometry and different types of otoacoustic emissions. Supported by the FTP.
Effective start/end date01/02/200501/02/2009


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    • 4 Article in proceeding
    • 1 Journal article
    • 1 Conference abstract in journal

    The potential risk of personal stereo players

    Hammershøi, D., Ordoñez, R. P. & Reuter, K., 2010, Proceedings of 1st EAA - EUROREGIO 2010 Congress on Sound and Vibration. Slovenia: European Acoustics Association - EAA, 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingArticle in proceedingResearchpeer-review

    Effects of personal stereo use: pilot results from 20 university students

    Santis, E. M. D., Ordoñez, R. P., Reuter, K. & Hammershøi, D., 2008, In : Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 123, 5, pt. 2

    Research output: Contribution to journalConference abstract in journalResearch

    Review of literature on hearing damage by personal stereo

    Hammershøi, D., Reuter, K., Ordoñez, R. P. & Santis, E. M. D., 2008, Proceedings of Joint Baltic-Nordic Acoustics Meeting 2008. Acoustical Society of Iceland, 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingArticle in proceedingResearchpeer-review