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Fitness for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Fitness for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

When it comes to exercise there seems to be an endless list of benefits. That’s why we want to encourage fitness among the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in San Diego.

Hearing Impairment is a Common Disability

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, approximately 15% of American adults over the age of 18 are reported to have some form of hearing impairment. One in eight people in the United States, 13% of the population aged 12 years or older have hearing loss in both ears, based on standard hearing examinations.

Hearing impairment doubles with every age decade. Nearly two-thirds of adults in the United States 70 and older have a clinically-significant hearing impairment. Recent studies have demonstrated that hearing impairment is independently associated with poorer physical and cognitive health. In fact, exercise has now been linked with a reduced potential for developing hearing loss as you age.

Hearing Impairment and Fitness

Most people with a hearing impairment aren’t getting enough access to exercise because they use Sign Language as their first language. This is one of the reasons deaf people have a high percentage of problems with their physical health. We want to change that.

The problem with most fitness classes is instructors move around while talking, making lip reading nearly impossible. When an instruction as simple as “don’t forget to breath” goes unnoticed, your body and workout can suffer. Communication through sign language allows you to understand what’s happening in class and do the exercise properly. This is hard to accomplish without communication.

Our goal is to make fitness classes and the overall gym experience more comfortable and accessible for San Diego’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. The first Fitness is My Sickness sign and sweat class takes place this Saturday, September 8th from 9 am to 12 pm. Sign & Sweat is a fully adaptive exercise program & group fitness class designed for the hearing impaired. Reserve your spot today!

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