You may be weakening your hearing as you strengthen your body at the gym. Know the signs of gym-related hearing loss and protect yourself during your workout.
Signs Of Gym-Related Hearing Loss
Feeling as though your ears are “clogged” during a workout is a common occurrence. The sensation is caused by putting pressure on your ears as you exert yourself lifting weights. And it’s worse if you hold your breath.
You may also notice tinnitus or ringing in the ears. If your body is sore as soon as you’ve completed your workout, you’re likely pushing yourself too hard and may put unnecessary strain on your ears.
Lack Of Blood Flow
A lack of blood flow often exacerbates tinnitus. During exercise, the blood vessels in your ears become restricted as blood flow goes to your muscles. The nerves, or hair cells, in your ears stop working without a proper blood supply, leading to hearing loss.
Gym Noise And Headphones
Any sound over 85 decibels can cause permanent hearing loss. Clanging weights, people shouting, and ambient music make gyms boisterous places that can peak well over a safe decibel level. Earbuds and headphones can block out the gym’s noisy acoustics, but cranking the volume will further damage your ears.
Tips To Protect Your Ears
Here are a few easy ways to protect your hearing at the gym:
- Wear earplugs to block out loud noise
- Wear noise-canceling headphones
- Turn down the volume on your music
- Limit time in the gym to reduce noise exposure
- Try quieter activities like walking – it’s also an excellent way to practice social distancing
- Get a hearing evaluation to identify hearing loss
- Avoid activities that can cause head trauma