While many of us go to the gym to maintain a healthy body, this research reveals that gym classes could be damaging our hearing health
(PRWEB UK) 15 April 2013
An Australian study has revealed that noise levels in gyms could be dangerously high, increasing the risk of developing tinnitus.
The research, published in Archives of Environmental and Occupational Health and entitled ‘Noise Levels in Fitness Classes Still Too High’, reveals that sound levels in high-intensity gym classes are too high and could cause hearing loss.
The study looked at noise levels tested during 35 low intensity and 65 high intensity classes in 97-98 and again in 2009-11. It assessed the noise levels at four different gyms in the Sydney area of Australia. Noise levels in both periods averaged at around 93.1 decibels and were especially prevalent in high intensity classes such as spinning.
85% of instructors found loud music motivating, while one fifth of clients found it stressful.
A spokesperson from Hidden Hearing said:
“While many of us go to the gym to maintain a healthy body, this research reveals that gym classes could be damaging our hearing health. We hope that gyms take note and reduce the volume of their music to limit damage to hearing.”
With more than 40 years’ experience in treating hearing loss, Hidden Hearing is entrusted with the care of more than 100,000 people each year. The firm has 84 hearing centres across the UK, all catering for a range of needs and budgets. Specialising in hearing tests and hearing aids, the company also offer a variety of hearing aid accessories and in 2005, became the first dedicated hearing retailer to be recognised as an Investor in People.