We’ve long known the health benefits of exercise when it comes to lowering blood pressure, relieving stress, improving flexibility and increasing longevity. What you might not know is that walks with your partner, time spent in your garden, or swims at the Bellevue Aquatic Center can also benefit your hearing health!
Preventable vs Non-Preventable Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is caused by a variety of factors. Some are preventable, and some are not. Things like aging, genetic factors, birth complications and certain infectious diseases are not preventable. On the other hand, heart disease and diabetes are two conditions that increase your risk for hearing loss that can in many cases be prevented through lifestyle practices like regular exercise.
How Exercise Benefits Your Hearing
Exercise improves your cardiovascular health and lowers your risk of heart disease, which in turn may help protect you from preventable hearing loss.
A study published in Scandinavian Audiology examined the hearing sensitivity and cardiovascular fitness of 17 young adults before they participated in an eight-week cycling regime, and again after they had finished eight weeks of training. Both cardiovascular fitness and hearing sensitivity improved.
Additionally, regular exercise strengthens blood vessels and protects vital organs. It’s believed that exercise has the same protective effect on the cochlea, a small organ in your inner ear that plays a vital part in the hearing process.
Beware of Loud Music
While physical exercise benefits your hearing health, blaring loud music while working out can negatively affect your hearing. Many gym classes play loud music during classes, and while it can be motivating; anything above 90 dB can cause damage to the ear and cause tinnitus in some people after just a few minutes of exposure. We recommend using earplugs or other protective hearing devices if the volume exceeds 90 dB while you are exercising.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Evergreen Speech & Hearing Inc. today.