Hearing protection devices: Use at work predicts use at play

Elizabeth Francis Beach*, Megan Gilliver, Warwick Williams

*Corresponding author for this work

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Use of hearing protection devices (HPDs) at work is widespread and well researched, but less is known about HPD use in high-noise leisure activities. We investigated HPD use of 8,144 Australians in leisure settings. An online survey asked questions about HPD use at work and leisure and examined whether age, gender, HPD use at work, and tinnitus predicted HPD use in leisure activities. Leisure-based HPD use was most common during high-risk work-related activities. Use of HPDs at work was the most significant predictor of leisure-based use, with workplace users up to 5 times more likely to use HPDs at leisure. Men were significantly more likely than women to use HPDs in 10/20 leisure activities, and those with tinnitus were more likely than those without to use HPDs in 8/20 activities. Older participants were more likely to use HPDs at nightclubs and concerts, but younger participants were more likely to use HPDs playing e-games and musical instruments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-288
Number of pages8
JournalArchives of Environmental and Occupational Health
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sep 2016


  • Citizen science
  • hearing protection
  • hearing protection devices
  • leisure noise
  • workplace health and safety


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