Effect of Headphones on Student Health

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UNIVERSITI TEKNOLOGI PETRONAS

ACADEMIC WRITING
LBB 1042

Research Project

Group Member : 1. Adryan (15789)
Gadis Vikha Natari (16575)
Mahmoud Tarek Mahmoud Ali Shahin (15826)

Group : 8 PE

Analyzing the Effects of Headphones on Students' Health at Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP)

Contents

Abstract.................................................................................................3

Introduction...........................................................................................4

Literature Review..................................................................................6

Methodology.........................................................................................9

Results.................................................................................................11

Discussion............................................................................................17

Conclusion...........................................................................................20

References Lists..................................................................................21

Appendix..............................................................................................22

Abstract

The utilisation of modern devices such as headphones is becoming more popular. Nowadays headphones are becoming a major part of people's life. Many previous researches indicated that headphones could cause health problems. Therefore, this research will further investigate similar situation at Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) in terms of harmful effect on student health and students' academic performances. This research is also to explore whether there are effective ways for using headphones to lower health effects.

This research were taking 15 students of Petroleum Engineering (1st year, 1st semester) that pursuing their degree in Universti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) as participants. The method used is a quantitative method which was using a set of questionnaire. The result hence indicated that headphones do have effects on students health and there are also effective ways for using headphones to lower health effects. However, it could not be proved whether headphones are affecting on academic performance or not.

In conclusion it can be seen that in UTP, the usage of headphones are still really popular, although it could cause health problems such as hearing loss (Fligor & Ives, 2006). However, there are also some limitation in this research such as time, number of participants, venue of this research. Further research should focus in this limitation and filling these gap to get more precise results.

Introduction

The increasing interest in modern devices and its effects on human’s health has heightened the need for looking into one of the most popular modern devices which is headphones. The development of music players such as mp3, ipod and other devices has led to increasing the rate of using headphones. Headphones are used by a large number of youth who have no idea what damage could these headphones cause. However, many researches has been made to elaborate the hazards caused by headphones and yet these researches are not sufficient enough to prevent or allow the manufacturing and usage of headphones. In Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) as well as many other universities in Malaysia and in the world, most students use headphones while studying, jogging, relaxing and practicing daily activities. Many recent studies have only focused on the medical effects of headphones on human hearing system. Senior (2010) stated that using headphones and playing loud music every day for 5 years, could cause permanent and irreversible hearing problems. It is also stated that if people use...
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