Spinning! Spinning! Deaf?
It's the time of year when we are all working on our "Summertime Fine", "Beach Body" "Summer Body" or some variation of the goal.
One way I keep my heart healthy and have a good time is spin class. I mean, Beyonce said it was one of the ways she got her body back after having twins, so it must work for me too, right?!?!
In all seriousness--the dimmed lights, choreography, and blaring motivational music gets me in my zone and burning hundreds of calories in a short period of time. When I left my sweat drenching class the other day, I felt like everyone around me was speaking a little louder, but their voices were a little muffled.
Then my inner IH came out--I was suffering from what is called a temporary threshold shift. In plain speak, the receivers of noise (cilia) in my ears were a little exhausted and needed some rest. This exhaustion was temporary. I've added a picture below show an example of what healthy cilia and damaged cilia look like for reference.
We see it all of the time. Have you ever had your music blasting in your car after a long day, then when you get in the car the next morning it's just too loud? Those little receivers, or cilia, were probably tired, got some rest overnight, and were working in full effect the next morning.
Over time, these types of events will wear your cilia out. The cilia also naturally degrade with age. Now is a great time to take care of them. I was pleased to know my spin studio offers earplugs to lessen the intensity of the sound. I don't always use them, but if I'm hitting up a Saturday morning class after a girls night with loud music, the earplugs will give my ears a break and provide those tiny little receivers time to recover.
Being an IH, my temporary hearing shift reminded me of the workers I'm responsible for protecting everyday. My spin class is only 45 minutes and my ears were tired. I protect people that could have those high noise levels for over 8 hours a day for their entire working career. Over my time as an IH, I have been responsible for helping protect the hearing of thousands of workers.
I do it to ensure someone's job does not stop them from experiencing the precious moments in life like hearing the waves crashing on the beach or "I love you" from someone special.
Please comment below on ways high noise levels can impact your every day life!