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Efficacy of a computer-based hearing test and tailored hearing protection intervention.

Authors
Hong-O; Ronis-DL; Lusk-SL; Kee-GS
Source
Int J Behav Med 2006 Dec; 13(4):304-314
NIOSHTIC No.
20031801
Abstract
Advances in computer technology and accessibility enable researchers to provide individually tailored interventions for behavioral change. Using multimedia technology, this study developed and tested a computer-based hearing test and a tailored intervention. The purpose of this study was to evaluate, using a randomized experimental design, the efficacy of the intervention to increase workers' use of hearing protection. The tailored intervention developed by the research team showed more significant short-term effect measured immediately after the intervention than the control intervention. For the long-term effect measured 1 year after the intervention, both tailored and control groups showed significant increase in their reported use (7% vs. 6%) from preintervention to postintervention, but no significant difference between the two groups. The change accomplished in this study was small progress toward the desired level of 100% use of hearing protection to prevent noise-induced hearing loss. This finding showed that changing workers' hearing protection behavior is difficult.
Keywords
Audiometry; Training; Hearing-protection; Quantitative-analysis; Qualitative-analysis; Feedback-controls; Hearing-tests; Computers; Workers; Worker-health; Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Behavioral-testing; Behavior-patterns; Behavior
Contact
School of Nursing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-0482
CODEN
IJBMFT
Publication Date
20061201
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
oshong@umich.edu
Funding Amount
1020842
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2007
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-004034
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
1070-5503
Priority Area
Disease and Injury: Hearing Loss
Source Name
International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
State
MI
Performing Organization
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
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