1. As a provider and dealing with people on a daily basis, this article is very relevant. I know personally I watch TV loud and as I walk around campus I can hear the music others are playing on their earphones and I think to myself that is unnecessarily loud. So knowing about hearing loss and its link to volume of TV might help a provider give insight to patients who might start showing signs of hearing loss and catch it before they are completely deaf. We are told over and over again how not to sit near the tv and keep the volume at a low decent level but following them is much more difficult to accomplish in every day life for most.
2. In the article I couldn’t find it being compared to any other studies. So in this case I would have to say no gold standard was applied. In order for one to be applied here they would need to take their results and compare them to a test that has been administered by a national organization and can be deemed as mostly accurate for a majority of the population.
3. The study did contain lots of patients of many various ages as to encompass the results from childhood to late adulthood. This is beneficial to see maybe at what point in life we start to lose most of our hearing based of our lifestyle. With large scale participants like this study had we can draw better data results.
4. I think that this particular experiment has done a good job avoiding the work place bias as much as possible. It is difficult to be completely unbiased but by using questionnaires and just collecting results I feel they have managed to avoid it to the best possibility.
5. I do feel that observer bias was not avoided much in this study. The audio test were done to determine the amount of loss but they even mention that they couldn’t use part of the questionnaire because the information provided by people was relevant to what they feel and not a direct measurement. This could have skewed some of the study but when involving people it is... [continues]
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