Can Exercise Cause Hearing Loss

Crash!
Bang! Boom!

Are we on
a construction site? No, these are just sounds of the gym … or at least some gyms. Between weight lifters
dropping heavy weights, coaches yelling words of encouragement, and loud music
cranking to keep everyone’s spirits up, gyms can be noisy places. Can working
out in them, or exercising in general, result in hearing loss?

Relationship between exercise and hearing loss

Exercise is
often seen as a way to prevent hearing
loss or maintain already healthy
hearing. This is because regular exercise can help with weight management, diabetes
prevention, and improved circulation, all factors that can have an impact on
hearing health.

4 ways exercising can lead to hearing loss

So, if
exercise is so great, how could it potentially cause hearing loss? The answer lies in the type of exercise and how
it is done. Healthy Hearing offers these factors
to consider when working out:

  1. Weightlifting – Holding your breath or straining while lifting
    heavy weights can increase pressure inside the skull, including your ears. This
    is why some weight lifters notice a full sensation in their ears during or
    after lifting. Although this may not cause hearing loss immediately, repeated
    episodes of increased intracranial pressure can cause damage to delicate ear
    parts, especially those of the inner ear.
  2. Dropping weights – In addition to the heavy lifting dangers
    mentioned above, dropping weights can
    also be of concern. Some gyms do not have carpeted or matted floors, causing
    the weight drop to be very loud and intense. This can lead to a temporary case
    of tinnitus or even permanent
    hearing loss if continually repeated. Using padded floors in the gym is a great
    way to prevent this from happening.
  3. Loud music – Pumping energizing tunes is often a way to get
    gym members more enthused about their workout. When the music is too loud,
    either through speakers or individual headphones, this can lead to noise-induced hearing
    loss
    .
  4. Perilymphatic fistulas – This is the technical name for a small
    tear between the inner and middle ear. It can result from undue strain or
    pressure, sometimes caused by strenuous exercise. Due to the tear, fluid can
    then pass from the inner ear into the middle ear, resulting in hearing changes
    such as tinnitus or abnormal hearing sensitivity.

How to prevent exercise-induced hearing loss

Do we
recommend staying away from exercise altogether? No! The health benefits of
exercise are far too great to ignore. What we do recommend is being smart in how
you exercise. Here are a few things to keep in mind that will help protect your hearing:

  • Wear hearing protection
    If
    you absolutely must do your workout
    in a noisy gym, wear earplugs to lessen the volume.
  • Exercise carefully – Don’t lift weights that
    are too heavy for you, and don’t hold your breath during weight lifting or any
    other exercise.
  • Avoid dangerous sports
    Use
    your head and don’t choose to
    participate in sports that are prone to head injury!

Professional hearing help is only a phone call
away

Whether
you’re looking for ways to protect your hearing, or you’ve already experienced
hearing changes and want to get a hearing test, your audiologist is a
great resource. Your hearing health is too important to ignore … schedule an appointment with a hearing
professional today and get on the road to better hearing for life!

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Can Exercising Cause Hearing Loss? was last modified: September 29th, 2019 by joey