Analysis of students’ assessments about the noise educational lecture
Institute of Technology, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Kreutzwaldi 56,
EE51014 Tartu, Estonia; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com;
Exposure to excessive noise is a major cause of preventable hearing disorders worldwide. Most cases of noise-induced hearing loss are caused by occupational noise exposure. The importance of using hearing protection in the workplace is nowadays well recognized and most industries have programs and regulations in place to ensure the hearing health of their workers. Far less attention has been paid to hearing disorders due to noise during leisure time, although the sound levels of such occasions can exceed occupational safety limits. Moreover, noise induced hearing loss has become one of the biggest health issues among young people’s life at the present time. Researchers have noticed that it is mainly caused by being exposed to loud noises during leisure time activities: visiting concerts, nightclubs, sporting events or listening to music with loud devices, such as MP3 players. Average sound level can be between 95…115 dB(A) on such occasions. The aim of this study was to compose a noise educational lecture for young adults to improve their knowledge about noise and increase their awareness of preventable hearing loss. The noise educational lecture was conducted among students and a feedback questionnaire was handed out to gather students’ assessments about the lecture in order to carry out an evaluation process to determine the lecture’s effectiveness. In this article, data about the methodology of the feedback questionnaire and results are presented in order to give an overview of students’ opinion about the noise educational lecture and make an evaluation of the lecture.