Hearing damage risk from headphone-based listening

Dorte Hammershøi*, Rasmus Overgaard Andersen, Søren Søndergaard Dahl, Rodrigo Ordoñez

*Corresponding author

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The current proposal for dose display of the risk hazard from listening to personal music players (by WHO-ITU) is based on the day-dose estimation used in occupational health and safety. In such assessments, it is unacceptable to exceed the day-dose on any given day, because all coming days have to be assumed to hold the same risk. For personal music players, such as e.g. smartphones, listening habits may differ considerably from day to day, and the day-dose equivalent may not provide an adequate characterization of the listener’s habits and risks. The present study discusses the general methods for risk assessment in view of case data that display considerable variation in listening habits. The data also suggests a systematic difference between self-reported listening habits and actual exposure patterns, and also unveil individual variations that could suggest a tailored approach to risk attention.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 AES International Conference on Headphone Technology
PublisherAudio Engineering Society
Publication date1 Jan 2019
Article number40
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-942220-29-9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Event2019 AES International Conference on Headphone Technology - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 27 Aug 201929 Aug 2019


Conference2019 AES International Conference on Headphone Technology
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco

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