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Why Your favourite Way of Exercising May Not Be Good for Your Ears

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 11:29:20 AM Australia/Melbourne

Why Your favourite Way of Exercising May Not Be Good for Your Ears

Hearlink is dedicated to enhancing every aspect of your health, with a focus on your ears. We know that eating healthy, making smart decisions with your lifestyle and working out can actually have a very positive effect on the health of your ears. Your ears are inter-connected with so many other systems in your body, so when you treat them right, you’re already doing yourself a huge favour. But there are exceptions to this rule and that’s what today’s post is attached. You may have jumped on the indoor cycling phenomenon. It’s sweeping countries around the world, and many are joining classes of brands like Soul Cycle and Cycle Collective. The benefits are there, especially for your heart. But these classes are not great for your hearing. Read on to learn more.


The culprit should come as no surprise – the level of volume in these dark rooms. Locations have said that the louder the music is, the more the emotional impact within the room, prompting participants to ride harder or faster. Teachers around the world heed this advice and raise the volume in classes. The way our ears work, they acclimate to the levels of noise that we hear and then they’re unable to hear things as well at lower volumes.


Vox spoke to a collection of long-term trainers, who both work at cycling studios and in gyms. They came away with some interesting insights, but one more prominent than any of the others – each felt that the noise levels in their work environments either had or would damage their ears.


When this audience visited audiologists, they were in fact told that their work environments were contributing to their hearing loss. This is the root of environmental hearing loss, but gyms and workout classes are probably not the environments that come to mind when prompted. Each audiologist recommended custom ear plugs that can cost hundreds of dollars and were warned to shift their work environments in order to save the health of their ears.


When studied, an independent researcher found the sound levels at an undisclosed chain of cycling studios to be more than 100 decibels. If you’re a regular visitor of the Hearlink blog, you know that’s far above what any governmental agency deems safe noise levels for a work environment. In fact, many health authorities recommend that no one experience that level of noise for longer than 15 minutes.


The World Health Organization is the biggest proponent of this recommendation. They call environmental noise an underestimated threat. It doesn’t matter what the cause is. Hearing loss is gaining as the most chronic health condition, behind cancer and diabetes.


The best way to avoid this type of hearing loss is prevention. While these classes can be fun, keep an eye on the levels of volume in these environments and make the best decision for you. Questions? Comments? Let the Hearlink team know. We would love to hear from you.

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