[via:ww.hear-it.org] The music at fitness classes often reaches unsafe levels blaring anywhere from 100 to 115 dB with spinning classes among the worst offenders
With the rising popularity of fitness programs like spinning, Zumba and BodyPump loud, pounding music goes hand in hand with the sweat and rising heart rates. When working out, music is a great motivator but prolonged exposure to loud music can also damage hearing and may lead to noise-induced hearing loss.
Fitness centres fail to follow industry guidelines
PIX11, Tribune Broadcasting’s flagship New York station, conducted undercover noise level tests at four studios in the US and the results set alarm bells ringing. All four studios played at near constant 100 dB or more and during classes all the studios spiked to levels of 115 dB, exceeding the known safety levels from industry fitness groups and OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
These results confirmed previous research from George Mason University in Virginia in the US showing that noise levels during spinning classes in a number of fitness centres in the US often reached 100-110 dB, which is 30-40 dB higher than the recommended maximum levels.
Instructors are most at risk
The high noise levels are putting fitness class participants at serious risk of damaging their hearing, but it is the instructors, who spend most of their workday in loud music, who are most at risk.