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ERIC Number: EJ1124983
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Feb
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-8755-1233
Earplug Usage in Preservice Music Teachers
Walter, Jennifer S.
Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, v35 n2 p5-14 Feb 2017
In the past 10 years, educating university musicians about hearing protection for long-term career stability and success has become more common, as has the adoption of hearing conservation programs. The purpose of this study was to explore preservice music teachers' self-reported use of earplugs. Undergraduate preservice teachers (N = 129) were surveyed and results revealed that 21% (n = 27) wore earplugs sometimes while practicing, rehearsing, performing, or teaching. While participants recognized that noise-induced hearing loss was preventable (n = 124, 96%), 88% were seldom or sometimes concerned about their own hearing (M = 2.39, SD = 1.05). Most participants believed that surgery and hearing aids were ways to correct noise-induced hearing loss (n = 100, 78%). However, contrary to the preservice teachers' beliefs, no viable correction is currently available for noise-induced hearing loss. Implications for further education are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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