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Could Your Gym Session Be Bad For Your Ears?

By Clare Westwood

A good workout in the gym is important for many reasons including you weight, muscle tone and lung and heart health but for those who listen to their mp3 player whilst working out they may be doing more harm than good.

The recent study was carried out with participants listening to the same music whilst being in three separate listening environments. Each of the participants were placed first of all in a quiet environment whilst at rest, then a noisy environment whilst at rest and finally on a standalone exercise bike whilst exercising.

It is well known that people generally enjoy listening to their music at reasonable sound levels but the recent study has shown that due to the background noise people often turn the volume up to levels that can be dangerous to the health of their ears.

The study results show that people purposely increase the volume of our mp3 players in order to block out the background noise surrounding them. Working out in a gym is one place we are likely to do this.

When you are exercising in the gym there is lots of noise being created around you due to the TV’s, Radios, general machine noise and people talking. People are responsible for creating extra noise whilst exercising such as heavy breathing. Some subjects even admitted to turning up the volume in order to gear themselves up.

It has previously been proven that when people are listening to music in a quiet area they keep the volume level quiet due to there being no competing sound surrounding them.

Some previous studied agree that the louder the noise in the background the higher people adjust the mp3 volume level to. Researchers discovered that whilst working out people turned the volume up to 75% of the capacity which leaves them at high risk of hearing damage.

Investing in a set of headphones that block out all background noise is a good way to ensure that you won’t be tempted to turn up the volume.

Deafness claims can be pursued via a qualified solicitor. Tinnitus Claims are also often pursued by people suffering from work place hearing damage.

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Westwood, Clare "Could Your Gym Session Be Bad For Your Ears?." Could Your Gym Session Be Bad For Your Ears?. 16 Aug. 2010. 24 Jul 2014 <>.

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