Monday, January 25, 2010

Your iPod Could Ruin Your Hearing at the Gym

Source: Globe and Mail (Summary by NIM)

Cranking your iPod up loud at the gym can help get you motivated and focused, allowing you to burn off extra calories, but at what consequence to your hearing? Well - while you get a wicked workout, so do your ears.

A new study from the University of Alberta suggests that thanks to those crappy ear buds, your iPod might be making you deaf. According to Bill Hodgetts, an assistant professor in the department of speech pathology and audiology, “You want to listen to your music to pump you up, but in order to do that you’ve got to actually drown out the background noise,”.

The study found that a large percentage of gym-goers who listen to music during exercise actually crank the tunes too loud, putting them at risk of hearing loss. Many study participants listened to their music at an average of 92 decibels during their workouts, well above safe listening levels.

So, what do you need to do, then, if you want to drown out the grunting and grinding at the gym without making it permanent? Just get yourself a decent set of ear buds! The good, noise-cancelling kind aren't that expensive these days. Besides, whatever the price, isn't it worth saving your hearing?

Check out the rest of the article called "Ears get overworked by iPods at the gym, study finds", from the Globe and mail (Jan. 21, 2010).