Going to the Gym Shouldn’t Be a Workout for Your Eardrums
Did you love listening to your iPod while working out at a gym, in kitchen, while traveling or when you are engaged in other activities? If so read on what a new research say about this. In a recent research published in International Journal of Audiology by Bill Hodgetts, assistant professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine of University of Alberta pointed out that there is no problem listening to an iPod while working out but we need to focus on the volume levels in our earphones. The Professor pointed out that the atmosphere at a gym often trigger people to raise the volume of their iPod to unsafe levels thus raising potential damage to the ear.
The study was conducted at a place having gym-like setting, during the course of the study half of the participants listened at a potentially dangerous levels while working out due to the higher background noises. Hogetts found that apart from listening at higher volumes it should also be ensured how long s/he listens the iPod could also put a person at risk of having hearing loss. But Professor says there is good news “seal” the ear canal with good earphones. Ear plugs often helps in reducing background noises.
In yet another study on iPod listening carried out by the University of Colorado at Boulder and Children’s Hospital Boston revealed surprising behavior of teens. On receiving instructions from their peers to turn the volume of their iPods down, the teens instead turn them up higher, thus exposing their ears to potential damage. Moreover the study highlighted that teen boys listen louder than teen girls pointed out Cory Portnuff, CU-Boulder audiologist and doctoral candidate, who chaired the study. Such strange behavior put teens at a risk of music induced hearing loss. Portnuff informed we are clueless as to why teens who are concerned about the hearing loss risk play their music louder than others, but those teens who are aware the benefits of listening at lower levels had less hearing loss risk, which is why we emphasis in providing targeted education. However, the study was conducted at a relatively small percentage of teens. The number of teens who listen their iPods and MP3 players at a dangerous level is between 7 and 24 percent, it can’t be said that it is an epidemic level for hearing loss from these players.
One more concern researchers found that while Walkmans used 20 years ago were operated on AA batteries used to exhaust after a few hours, but iPods can run up to 20 hours without recharging them. All in all Hodgetts’ mission is to acquaint people to use appropriate superior quality earphones to enjoy music at a safer and lower level.
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