Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

Date of Degree


Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name





Donald Vogel

Subject Categories

Speech Pathology and Audiology


Audiology, Noise Exposure, Culture, Ethnicity, Hearing Protection, Pediatrics


Previous research has shown that prolonged exposure to noise can cause permanent hearing loss no matter what age, including infants. The impact of noise at orthodox Jewish weddings, where infants are frequently in attendance, can reach extremely high and damaging levels of sound intensity. Because the hearing conservation behaviors and attitudes towards child hearing protection in this population are unknown, the objective of this study is to identify the attitudes and behaviors of orthodox Jewish wedding attendees toward child hearing conservation. A survey was developed and administered electronically to congregants of orthodox Jewish synagogues in the New York City area. Participants were asked to respond to a series of items addressing hearing conservation attitudes and behaviors. Analysis of the attitudes and behaviors of this population can help guide future child hearing conservation education efforts for the orthodox Jewish Community. Current results revealed that the majority of participants have a healthy, positive attitude towards the concept of child hearing protection, however the actual use of child hearing protection at orthodox Jewish weddings is somewhat limited.