Loud Spin Class Music Could Pose Hearing-Loss Risk Your heart rate may not be the only thing that increases during a spin class—your risk of noise-induced hearing loss could also rise as a result of loud, thumping music played to motivate and entertain, a new study says. Research from the Massachusetts Ear and Eye Infirmary found that the ... Research in Brief
Free
Research in Brief  |   March 01, 2017
Loud Spin Class Music Could Pose Hearing-Loss Risk
Author Notes
Article Information
Hearing & Speech Perception / Acoustics / Hearing Disorders / Research in Brief
Research in Brief   |   March 01, 2017
Loud Spin Class Music Could Pose Hearing-Loss Risk
The ASHA Leader, March 2017, Vol. 22, 11. doi:10.1044/leader.RIB2.22032017.11
The ASHA Leader, March 2017, Vol. 22, 11. doi:10.1044/leader.RIB2.22032017.11
Your heart rate may not be the only thing that increases during a spin class—your risk of noise-induced hearing loss could also rise as a result of loud, thumping music played to motivate and entertain, a new study says.
First-listed author Sumi Sinha of Mass Eye and Ear’s Department of Otolaryngology and her colleagues included data gathered with a calibrated smartphone decibel-meter app (SoundMeter Pro) from 17 randomly selected spin classes in various studios across the Boston area.

The average noise exposure in a single 45-minute spin class was nearly nine times the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s recommendations for an eight-hour workday.

The loudest noise recorded in a class was 117 dBA, which is below NIOSH’s instantaneous exposure limit of 140 dBA; however, participants were exposed to an average of 32 minutes per class of sound levels above 100 dBA, while NIOSH recommends a daily limit of 15 minutes of exposure at that level. The authors note that spin-class instructors and devotees are at the highest risk for hearing loss over time.
Apps for smartphones and tablets may be able to help users “self-monitor risk to their hearing and actively engage in noise protection measures,” says the study, which appears in the journal Laryngoscope.
0 Comments
Submit a Comment
Submit A Comment
Name
Comment Title
Comment


This feature is available to Subscribers Only
Sign In or Create an Account ×
FROM THIS ISSUE
March 2017
Volume 22, Issue 3