I’ve been going to gym classes for the past six months or so and I’m fighting a losing battle when it comes to ear protection. They blast the music to the point where the ground is rumbling and then to make sure we can hear the instruction, they then turn their microphones even louder. I’ve tried every corner of the class, asking instructors to turn it down, speaking with management, and even wearing ear plugs. As much as they have helped to make it less painful on my ears, the classes are still deafeningly loud, even with earplugs. I’m considering cancelling my membership to save my ears.
I read a Reddit thread not too long ago about the one thing people would tell their younger selves. An inordinate amount of responses had to do with not being stupid in their young age about their hearing. We’re already surrounded by a constant barrage of noise pollution all around us. Traffic, sirens, television, the hum of fluorescent lights. I want to be physically fit and strong, but I want that without sacrificing my hearing.