Perspective and attitudes of teaching faculties towards their listening health in Covid-19 pandemic situation: An online survey

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Authors: Ganavi Shetty, Puthige G Bhargavi, and Kanaka Ganapathy
Page Range: 11-16
Published in: International Journal on Disability and Human Development, Volume 22 Issue 1
ISSN: 2191-1231

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ABSTRACT

In the COVID-19 pandemic situation, the mode of teaching has shifted to online leading to an increase in screen time. Teachers are now forced to use headphones to improve signal-to-noise ratio. Continuous usage of headphones at high volume may result in a high risk of developing hearing loss. Objective: To understand the perspective and attitudes of teaching faculties towards their listening in the COVID-19 pandemic situation. Methodology: A cross-sectional study was conducted using the Google Form of Survey tool to capture the perspectives and attitudes on study population of 90 teaching faculty members regarding their listening health. Results: Despite increased screen time for teaching and learning activities, 50% agreed that personal listening device are one of the major causes for permanent hearing loss and the majority (70%) tried limit their exposure to loud music or noise indicating positive knowledge and attitude towards their listening health. Conclusion: Due to increased involvement of online activity, there is a need to create awareness on preventive measures among the teaching faculties about the risks imposed to hearing by continuous usage of earphones/ headphone, which in turn may affect their hearing health.

Keywords: Hearing health, teaching faculty, headphone, online teaching, COVID-19

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