Exercise is an essential part of a healthy and happy lifestyle. However, sometimes strenuous exercise can have its drawbacks. One of them can be hearing loss. This may sound bizarre, but there are certain situations that are more likely to occur when you are taking part in a vigorous workout.
Knowing When to Seek Professional Help
The following list of potential causes of hearing difficulties is not entirely inclusive and is merely basic knowledge that should help you to understand different conditions that may affect anyone engaging with strenuous exercise. If you experience symptoms or abnormalities in your hearing following exercise, ensure that you contact an ear doctor. This professional will be able to examine you and prescribe the most appropriate treatments.
When exercising, your mind may well be focused on other areas than your peripheral surroundings. Your mind may be wandering during a jog, you may have your attention on a ball that you are dribbling, or perhaps you are working out where you may need to slow down and stop when ice skating or roller skating. During this time you may well receive a knock on the side of the head. Perhaps you will trip and fall awkwardly, a ball will come from an unexpected direction, or a competitor will bump into you. Sudden bumps to the ear area of the head can create a tear in the membrane of your inner ear. This allows a fluid called perilymph to leak into your ear cavity. This damage may be permanent. However, most of the time hearing will return to some degree.
Restricted Blood Flow
When you are working out, your blood is pumped around your body at a faster pace than usual in order to transport blood around your body. As you relax after exercise, the blood flow has to slow. Sometimes complications can mean that blood flow to areas such as your ears becomes restricted as blood is redistributed around your body. This can affect your hearing negatively.
Large Vestibular Aqueduct Syndrome (LVAS)
LVAS is a less common condition, however, it’s always good to be familiar with its symptoms in order to identify it. People who have large vestibular aqueduct syndrome experience hearing difficulties when exercising. This is due to the pressure forces on their endolymphatic sac to push back into their cochlea, causing significant problems with their auditory ability.
Excessively Loud Music
Many of us pop earphones in when working out. Music makes the experience more fun and engaging. It can also help you to feel more productive. However, your ears have numerous tiny hairs inside which allow sound signals to be transmitted to your brain. When you listen to excessively loud music, these hairs can become flattened. The main problem? They do not regrow, so damage is permanent. Remember to keep the volume on your headphones or earphones lower to maintain your good hearing.
So, now that you are more aware of the causes of hearing problems that are specifically associated with exercise, you can take more precautions to avoid permanent damage while you are working out. Be careful and stay safe!
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.