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Characterization of sound pressure levels in fitness centers and complaints from instructors.

Authors
Lacerda-ABM; Morata-TC; Fiorini-AC
Source
Rev Bras Otorrinolaringol 2001 Sep-Oct; 65(5):656-659
NIOSHTIC No.
20021784
Abstract
Aim: The present study aims at identifying auditory and health complaints of fitness instructors in fitness centers in Curitiba, and to evaluate the sound pressure levels (SPL) produced in fitness classes. SPL measurements were made following ABNT recommendations (Brazilian Technical Norms and Regulations Association - Norm 10151) and revealed levels that ranged from 73.9 to 94.2 dBA. Study design: Prospective clinical randomized. Material and method: 32 fitness instructors answered a questionaire about their most frequent complaints related to SPL. Results: The most frequent complaints were: tinnitus (24%); ear fullness (15%) and poor concentration (15%). The classes in which sound pressure levels were investigated were: Step, Body Pump and Aerofitness. Conclusion: The results of the present research suggested the presence of high sound pressure levels in 66% of the evaluated classes.
Keywords
Sound; Sound-analyzers; Noise-measurement; Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Noise-levels; Physical-exercise; Physical-fitness; Author Keywords: high sound pressure levels; fitness centers; hearing; health complains; tinnitus
Contact
Adriana Bender Moreira, Rua Schiller, 270, Apto. 301, 80260-050 Curitiba/PR
Publication Date
20010901
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
adriana.lacerda@utp.br
Fiscal Year
2001
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
5
ISSN
1806-9312
NIOSH Division
DART
Source Name
Revista Brasileira De Otorrinolaringologia
State
PR; OH
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