Ever walk into a fitness class + jump at the music volume? Do you crank that playlist to block out everything else during your run? The louder the music, the more we feel like we’re getting the intense workout we want. Most people don’t stop to consider what the noise level could do to their ears. While music is a major way of gaining + keeping motivation during your workout, the loud noise can be detrimental to your hearing. Next time you hit the gym equipped with your go-to workout playlist, consider turning the sound down a bit —
HOW LOUD IS *TOO* LOUD?
So the question is: how do we tell if our music is too loud + damaging our ears? Matthew Bakke says if you think the music’s too loud, you’re probably right. Adults are able to tolerate 85 decibels [the volume of typical city traffic!] safely for no more than eight hours. Most fitness classes blare their music somewhere between 95 + 99 decibels — a level the adult ear can only handle for about an hour. The longer we’re exposed to those loud decibels, the more damage can be done to our hearing. A way to tell if the music’s too loud is to pay attention to your ears after leaving the area // shutting off the music. If you hear a ringing in your ears, the sound was too loud + your ears were negatively affected.
4 WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR EARS
When it comes to fitness classes + loud music, earplugs are the way to go. They may feel silly at first, but they’ll protect your ears in the long run. You don’t have the ability to control the volume in a class, but earplugs will help to block out some of the detrimental decibels + lower the amount of damage done.
Whether you’re dancing away in Zumba or pumping those legs in a spin class, positioning yourself as far as you can from the speakers is an effective way to protect your ears. The farther you can get while still seeing the instructor, the less likely your ears will be as negatively impacted!
3] LOW VOLUME
A way to test if the volume on your headphones is too loud is by talking to someone beside you [or seeing if you can hear yourself sing ; )]. If they have to shout to be heard, your headphones are probably too loud. If they are also able to hear the music // lyrics, you should consider turning the volume down.
If you’re unable to control the volume of your workouts [like if you’re in a Zumba class!], try resting your ears after. Take a break from jamming out to your morning playlist while you get ready, keep the radio down in the car, + try to expose yourself to only softer noises if possible! We may not always be able to control the volume, but we should try as often as possible.
So next time you’re heading to the gym // fitness class, try your best to control the volume + protect your ears! Our hearing health is as important as the rest of our health + we should focus on it as often as we can.
+Beth (bethb_inchaarg) // GVSU CHAARG