Exercise is Also Good for Your Hearing


Hearing Loss?

We have always heard that exercise is good for reducing weight, improving bone density, increasing cardiovascular fitness, and supporting our immune system; however, researchers are now showing that exercise is good for your hearing.

In a recent study involving mice having aerobic exercise, it was discovered that those mice being moving about had a five percent hearing loss during their lifetime. The other mice which were not allowed to do anything had a 20 percent loss.

Today researchers believe that 70 percent of people over the age of 70, who do not exercise, experience a loss in hearing.

It is believed that cardiovascular health appears to be one of the ways to keep the body along with all of its organs well and happy. When the body is at rest it does not offer the heart enough challenge to keep the oxygen properly flowing. It is believed since the aging process usually offers saggy skin that the insides are probably saggy also.

It is a fact that exercise is not so much what you do but that you do something regularly, preferably on a set schedule. This might be a nice walk, a ride on your bike, running to the gym for a class. As long as you stay active with some form of fitness activity it doesn’t matter what you do. You just need to choose what you want to do and make a habit of doing it. It needs to become a part of your routine. An easy way to think of it is to think about your daily activities. You brush your teeth, eat, drink your water, and also exercise. Make this physical activity one of your daily activities.

When you exercise you need to use your large muscle movements for 20 to 30 minutes five times a week. For example, you can go for a 10-minute walk. Turn around and return. There, you have your 20 minutes of physical activity. You should also do some stretching. They help wake the muscles as well as increase blood flow all at the same time.

If you decide to go to a gym you need to make certain there is no loud music. This music will harm your hearing. This is particularly true in aerobics classes. They usually play music loudly so to “motivate” the participants. This music is louder than it should be and you need to consider that. If you participate in one of these classes it is suggested you wear earplugs or some type of protective hearing to protect your hearing health.

Studies show that any volume above 90 dB is considered very loud. To have a better understanding of the volume consider this: if you are standing outside and an ambulance passes, with the siren blasting, this is above the 90 dB range. The same is true of a hand or pneumatic drill. A passing motorcycle puts you at risk with an 89 dB while a kitchen blender is low risk at 85 dB and a blow dryer is 80 dB.

As previously discussed, walking is extremely beneficial. Two hours of walking per week provides benefits to your kidneys and heart. Regular activity offers a reduced risk for other diseases that have increased the risk of hearing loss. These include heart disease, diabetes, and diseases related to blood vessels. Although it is not well understood, it is believed that regular physical activity will have benefits for your cochlea (this is the organ, that is snail-shaped and involved with the hearing process).

Yoga participants believe that hearing loss prevention along with the reduction of symptoms can happen through different yoga practices. Again, this helps improve blood flow to the cochlea.

Hearing health is an important part of your life. When one loses their hearing it can hurt anyone’s life. Studies indicate that physical activity can help you to improve and/or maintain your hearing. Often this can result from just taking a pleasant walk a few times a week. You might also choose to visit your local gym and become involved in a routine that will meet your needs. Another possibility is to create your program you can do in your home. The whole point is to have physical activity to maintain your hearing health.