The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

Survey of mobile phone use and their chronic effects on the hearing of a student population

Davidson, Harry C. and Lutman, Mark E. (2007) Survey of mobile phone use and their chronic effects on the hearing of a student population International Journal of Audiology, 46, (3), pp. 113-118. (doi:10.1080/14992020600690472).

Record type: Article


Mobile phone ownership and usage is now widespread and public concern has developed over possible harmful physiological effects of their use. This study aimed to investigate the prevalence of student mobile phone ownership and any possible chronic effects of usage on hearing, tinnitus and balance. Questionnaires for electronic self-completion were distributed to University of Southampton postgraduates, and 117 out of 160 returned met the criteria for analysis. A total of 94% were current mobile phone users, and only 2% had never used a mobile phone. Duration of ownership and daily usage ranged from 0-7 years and 0-45 minutes respectively. Text-messaging was more popular than talking. High or long-term users reported no worse hearing, tinnitus, or balance than low or short-term users. The results of this study confirm that the prevalence of mobile phone ownership amongst students is extremely high. However there appear to be no harmful effects of mobile phone usage on their audiovestibular systems within the range of exposure of the study, insofar as can be detected by the self-report method employed

Full text not available from this repository.

More information

Published date: 2007
Organisations: Human Sciences Group


Local EPrints ID: 45711
PURE UUID: 6e6253b5-0d5e-4887-9de3-9a7f47c29cd8

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 17 Apr 2007
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:11

Export record



Author: Harry C. Davidson
Author: Mark E. Lutman

University divisions

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton:

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.