Here is the link to the Android App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=me.leedavison.backgroundtrial
I would like to invite you to take part in my research study, using my MusicTracker app. Before you decide to take part, it is important you understand what the research is about and what it would involve for you.
What is the study about?
In this project, I am interested in the listening levels that young people listen to their personal media players. Until now this has been estimated using listening logs and some measurement data. This project aims for a unique method of tracking this data, by logging actual listening events on the phone of the participant of the study.
This project forms a large part of my PhD work, which is due for completion in the next 2 years.
How the system works
The app sits in the background of the users’ phone and logs listening events and volume levels as they happen. This allows an accurate prediction of the “noise dose” of the listener – the amount of sound that you have listened to, compared to the recommended maximum for that day.
It is important to note that the phone does not listen in with the microphone at all and does not take any other data about your listening aside from start, stop, and volume change events.
Who will conduct the research?
I, Lee Davison, will be conducting the research for this study. I am a PhD researcher and have worked in the university for a number of years in different roles.
What would I be asked to do if I take part?
- I will ask participants to install the app on their phone and allow me to calibrate it using my new method.
- I will then ask the participant to run the app in the background of their phone for the next 2 weeks and then submit the data via the link in the app.
- After this point, the participant is free to keep the app and continue using it if they like or can feel free to uninstall it.
- You may be issued a reminder email to send me the data.
Can I change my mind about participating in the research?
- Participants are free to change their mind at any time
- You can withdraw without giving a reason
- You will not be asked to explain your reason for withdrawal.
- If withdrawal, after the research has taken place, would mean it is hard to destroy your data it may be kept on record (usually when data is anonymous or already processed)
- Data will be made anonymous as soon as it is possible within the study to do so.
How will my data be handled?
- Your data will not be used to anything apart from the study.
- The data will be used in the formulation of a PhD thesis, and potentially other external publications
- It will not be possible to recognise you by your data in any of these publications
- During the study, data will only be accessible by researchers of Solent university
What are the benefits of taking part in the study?
The participant will be able to learn about their listening habits and the damage that this listening can cause to their hearing. The app will give an accurate indication of the nose dose that the person has sustained that day and a history view of listening in the past.
This study has been reviewed for ethics by the university.
What if I feel I wish to make a comment or complaint?
Feel free to contact:
Alternatively: Head of Student Achievement, Academic Services, Southampton Solent University, East Park Terrace, Southampton SO14 0YN; 02382 013200