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Effects of submaximal exercise and noise exposure on hearing loss.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1780564     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A recent Scandinavian study reported that persons cycling at moderate intensity for 10 min suffered hearing loss when the exercise was accompanied by noise. The noise consisted of a 1/3 octave band-filtered noise with a 2000 Hz center frequency at 104 dB SPL. In the present study, adults cycled at 50 rev.min-1 against a force that elicited an oxygen cost equal to 70% of VO2max--an intensity frequently recommended in exercise prescriptions--with and without noise administered via headphones. Repeated measures ANOVA with three factors revealed that although a temporary hearing loss occurred following exercise-and-noise, a similar and slightly greater hearing loss occurred following noise-only. Hearing sensitivity was not significantly altered by exercise-only (p greater than .05). In general, hearing loss values were greatest between 3000 and 4000 Hz. In conclusion, temporary hearing loss was driven by noise exposure, not exercise. However, persons who choose to exercise with personal headphones or in a noisy environment should be aware of potential premature hearing loss.
H M Alessio; K M Hutchinson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Research quarterly for exercise and sport     Volume:  62     ISSN:  0270-1367     ISO Abbreviation:  Res Q Exerc Sport     Publication Date:  1991 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-03-09     Completed Date:  1992-03-09     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8006373     Medline TA:  Res Q Exerc Sport     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  413-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Physical Education, Health and Sport Studies, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Audiometry, Pure-Tone
Exercise / physiology*
Hearing Disorders / etiology*
Hearing Loss, Noise-Induced / etiology*
Oxygen Consumption

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