Efficacy of a computer-based hearing test and tailored hearing protection intervention.
Hong-O; Ronis-DL; Lusk-SL; Kee-GS
Int J Behav Med 2006 Dec; 13(4):304-314
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.
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
School of Nursing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-0482
Disease and Injury: Hearing Loss
International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor