Noise Levels in Gym Classes Proven to Cause Deafness
Research from a recent study conducted by the National Acoustic Laboratories has shown that noise levels in gym classes such as spinning and circuit classes reach 93 to 94 dB and has been compared to noise levels reached by a jet engine of 100 dB at a certain altitude. This exceeds the level of which causes damage to your ears. An audiologist, Janette Thorburn, who was involved in the study, said the ideal range to prevent damage to your hearing was under 80dB.
Following the study Donna Cameron, aged 50, spoke out about her hearing loss, she has attended the gym and gym classes regularly. She explained that at a young age she would often go to concerts and gigs and had, most likely, already suffered a degree of damage to her hearing but had never suspected that music in gym classes would have added to her hearing problems and damaged her hearing further.
Most people who attend the gym do so on a regular basis and so this exposure over a long period of time could cause noise induced hearing loss.
It is important that if you are exposed to excessive levels of noise that you visit your GP. Your GP will be able to assess your hearing loss and whether any treatment is needed.
Signs of hearing loss:-
- Muffled hearing
- Ringing or buzzing in ears (tinnitus)
- Following conversation is difficult
- Turning TV volume higher than normal
A common cause of noise induced hearing loss is exposure to excessive levels of noise at work. If you have been exposed to loud noise without hearing protection being provided or the wearing of hearing protection being enforced, then you may be able to make a claim for noise induced hearing loss.
We have a specialist team of Solicitors who deal with noise induced hearing loss claims on a day to day basis and who will be able to provide you with a professional service where you will be guided through your claim.