Working It Out: How Exercise Can Affect Hearing

Most of us already know many of the benefits of working out. Exercise helps us improve heart health, lower the risk of diabetes, and sleep better just to name a few. A lesser-known benefit is that exercise can have a positive effect on hearing health as well. One more reason to try a new activity at a local community center like Central Park!

Causes of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss has a variety of different causes. Some preventable, and some not. Those that aren’t preventable are caused by:

  • GeneticsA group of people enjoying a yoga class.
  • Ear infections
  • Aging
  • Complications at birth
  • Certain drugs and medications
  • Other infectious diseases

 How Exercise Helps

Preventable risk factors include diabetes and heart disease. Physical exercise is known to reduce those risk factors by:

  • Improving cardiovascular function which research has correlated to improved hearing
  • Increasing oxygen levels in the body
  • Reducing the production of free radicals
  • Improving blood flow and circulation

A Note on Loud Music

While physical exercise poses no risk to hearing loss, listening to loud music while performing exercise does. Some gym classes play music above 90 dB which is as loud as a hand drill and can cause damage to the ear. We recommend using earplugs or other protective hearing devices if the volume exceeds 90 dB while you are exercising.

Final Thoughts

Whether it’s running, yoga, or lifting weights or a daily stroll, regular physical exercise has countless health benefits. Find what works for you and take care of your mind, your body, and yes, your hearing health.

If you’re having any issues with your hearing aids, have additional questions or want to schedule an appointment, contact Topeka ENT today to speak with an expert audiologist.

 

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