Portable music player users: cultural differences and potential dangers

Noise Health. 2013 Sep-Oct;15(66):296-300. doi: 10.4103/1463-1741.116553.


Many studies have examined the use of portable music players portable listening devices (PLDs) from various ethnic groups. Some findings suggest that there may be differences among ethnic groups that lead to louder or longer listening when using PLD devices. For example, some studies found that Hispanic PLD users listen at higher volume levels while other studies found that African American PLD users listen at higher volume levels. No investigator has explained the reasons for differences among ethnic groups in listening intensity. This paper will address the possible reasons for these differences and offer guidelines for the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss.

MeSH terms

  • African Americans / statistics & numerical data
  • Cultural Characteristics*
  • Ethnicity / statistics & numerical data*
  • Hearing Loss, Noise-Induced / ethnology
  • Hearing Loss, Noise-Induced / prevention & control*
  • Hispanic or Latino / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • MP3-Player / statistics & numerical data*
  • Music*
  • Risk Factors
  • Time Factors
  • Whites / statistics & numerical data