JACKSON, Mississippi. When we go to the gym, we often are required to sign waivers. It makes sense. When performing any physical activity, there is a risk that you can injure yourself. However, most people who go to the gym don’t expect that their next workout can be causing them permanent hearing loss. According to recent reports, some gyms are playing music so loud that many people are at risk of suffering hearing damage or loss.
According to Vox, when one investigative reporter sampled the sound level at her local gym, she found that the sound was higher than 100 decibels. According to Vox, that’s enough to violate Department of Labor standards. Noise this loud has been shown to cause long-term hearing loss. In as little as 15 minutes, people can experience hearing damage at these decibel levels.
The risk is not just to consumers but also to employees who sometimes face challenges asking their employers to put down the volume or to buy them ear plugs.
According to Vox, as many as one in four adults have some kind of hearing loss.
The Washington Post reports that many individuals find themselves facing a tough decision. Should they quit their workout regimen that they enjoy, one that helps them stay healthy, in order to protect their hearing? Or, do they put their hearing at risk and continue their workout regimen? It’s a choice no one should have to make. Some people bring ear plugs to their workout sessions, but should consumers be forced to plug their ears to keep their hearing safe when attending a workout class?
Gyms could actually be held legally responsible for injuries that they cause their workers. Trainers and workshop instructors could seek medical care and treatment through worker’s compensation, but by the time they seek treatment, it is possible that they may have already suffered hearing loss. Customers may have a difficult time suing a gym for hearing loss because it can be difficult to prove that the hearing loss occurred due to the gym alone. There are many places in our everyday lives where we are exposed to excessive noise.
Is your gym playing music too loud? How can you tell? If you experience ringing in your ears when you leave the gym and if you experience temporary hearing loss after your workout, the music is probably too loud.
What can you do? Consider writing a letter or e-mail to your gym. If enough customers complain, the management might lower the volume. Bring earplugs to your next workout. Or, find a gym where the music isn’t so loud.
Malouf & Malouf are personal injury lawyers in Jackson and the surrounding areas who work with individuals and victims who have been hurt due to the neglect or negligence of another person or party. We help individuals who have been hurt on the job to seek compensation for their medical costs and expenses. If you’ve been hurt on the job or feel that your employer’s music may have damaged your hearing, you may have the right to seek medical care and treatment. Visit us at https://malouflaw.com/ to learn more.
Malouf & Malouf, PLLC
501 E Capitol St.
Jackson, MS 39201
Phone Number: (601) 522-2222

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