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When I started going to the gym a few years ago, I plugged in to my treadmill to listen to the TV sets.

A recurring problem was the fragility of my ear buds.  I was afraid to get a set of headphones because of the price.  I couldn’t spend twenty bucks, just to have the wires break.

HeadphonesFortunately, one of my sons and his wife sent me a gift certificate, and I finally bought a great set of Sony headphones.

Not only is the sound much improved, but the headphones also cancel surrounding noise.  Once in awhile, the noise in the gym can get quite loud.  Different gym employees turn up the music louder than other employees.  The following article illustrates just how bad this sound can be, especially for seniors (I’m 69).

If you think the music at your gym is too loud, that’s because it probably is

WASHINGTON POST – February 17, 2015

During her first workout at Orangetheory Fitness in Fairfax, Donna Reid was blown away by two things: “how hard it was and how loud it was.” The 51-year-old adored the studio’s interval training program — a mix of treadmill, rowing machine and resistance exercises — but when it came to the accompanying music assaulting her eardrums, well, that didn’t seem so sound.

“I want to do something good for my body. I don’t want to do something detrimental at the same time,” says Reid, who asked the trainer to turn down the volume. She got her wish for a few minutes. But when it soon crept up again, Reid knew she’d need a different tactic.

She’s settled on earplugs, which she brings without fail to her five Orangetheory sessions each week

. . . .  Loud noise, like sun exposure, is the sort of thing that might not seem harmful at any given moment, but the cumulative effects can be devastating and irreversible, says Deanna Meinke, a professor of audiology at the University of Northern Colorado and co-director of Dangerous Decibels, a public health campaign targeting noise-induced hearing loss.

Researchers have raised concerns about music at gyms since the 1980s, Meinke notes, but the fitness industry doesn’t seem all that interested in dialing it down. . . . High-intensity offerings are even noisier than they were a decade ago, with indoor cycling classes topping the list of culprits, blaring tunes as loud as 99 decibels.

. . . . If you think it may be too loud, it probably is.

. . . . As seniors become an increasingly important target for the fitness industry, trainers need to take extra note of noise . . . .

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