Using your ipod while working out has become commonplace in most gyms. But a new study just came out from the University of Alberta warning about the volume levels in our earphones while training at the gym.

Bill Hodgetts, a professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, has found that using an ipod at the gym prompts people to turn up the volume too high and can potentially be unsafe for your ears. The study concluded that gyms have a lot of background noise so people have to turn up the volume to dangerous levels to hear the music.   Hodgetts also found that half the participants listened to the music too long, which can put them at risk for hearing loss.

How to protect your ears from your ipod at the gym:

  • Purchase better earphones. You need earphones that seal the ear canal. Earphones that go into your ear like an earplug will reduce background noise and let you listen at safe volumes.

I like doing aerobics with my ipod and found a pair of earphones a couple of years ago that I love. They seal the ear really well and come with a number of different inserts to fit the ear just right.  I use the Shure earphones; there are a number of newer models ranging from $79 and up. I spent about $100 two years ago on mine. I know it’s a lot of money but they sound great and your ears are worth it.

Let me know if you find another brand of earphones that you like.

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Best – Mike

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