How Loud Is It?
The best way to protect against hearing loss in the future is to protect your hearing today and every day. A decibel level of 85 warrants consideration for ear protection.
Children's hearing is more sensitive because the ear canal is smaller and sounds become louder as they develop in a smaller space. That can translate into as much as a 20 dB difference between an adult's ears and a child's ears which can cause a child's hearing to be damaged more easily.
Ear plugs are especially useful to people exposed to excessively noisy devices or environments (85 decibels or more).
Listening to a portable MP3 music player too loudly or for too long could permanently damage your hearing, (American Academy of Audiologists). Being at close range to a single extremely loud sound such as a shotgun blast (about 145-165 decibels dB) can cause permanent damage to your hearing, but so can constant exposure to the more moderate levels of noise produced by music players. At peak volume, a music player can reach 110 to 120 dB.
||up to115 dBA||Clubs and discos||91-96 dBA or more|
|Chain saw operation||up to 125 dBA||Dance floor||85-100 dBA|
|Abrasive blasting||105-112 dBA||At the bar||90 dBA and up|
|Heavy equipment operation||95-110 dBA||MP3 player/ear buds||60-120 dBA|
|Demolition||up to 117 dBA||Rock concerts||100 dBA or more|
|Jack hammer||102-111 dBA||Car stereos||up to 154 dBA in the car|
|Concrete joint cutter||99-102 dBA||Home stereo||80-115 dBA|
|Skill saw||88-102 dBA||House and Garden|
|Stud welder||101 dBA||Leaf blower||103 dBA (gas)|
|Bulldozer||93-96 dBA||Chain Saw||up to 116 dBA|
|Earth tamper||90-96 dBA||Lawn mower||95-120 dBA|
|Crane||90-96 dBA||Power saw||95-115 dBA|
|Hammer||87-95 dBA||Router||85-110 dBA|
|Front-end loader||86-94 dBA||Food blender||88 dBA|
|Backhoe||84-93 dBA||Vacuum cleaner||88 dBA|
|Firearms||Average home interior||50 dBA|
|.22 caliber rifles||132-139 dBA peak||Miscellaneous|
|12-gauge shotguns||150-165 dBA peak||Toy pistols||150-160 dBA peak|
|Rifles||143-170 dBA peak||Jazzercize class||90-92 dBA|
|Environmental||Sporting events||95-100 dBA average|
|Leaves rustling in a breeze||20 dBA||Referee whistles||103-107 dBA|
|Whisper at 5 feet||30 dBA||Motorcycle||80-115 dBA|
|Heavy traffic||78 dBA||Ambulance siren||120 dBA|
|Thunder clap||120 dBA||Firecrackers||140 dbA|
|Moderate rainfall||50 dbA||Fishing (powerboat)||60-115 dBA|
Decibels (dB) are a measurement of sound intensity over the standard threshold of hearing. dBA is sound intensity with an "A" contour filter. The filter adjusts the measurement to account for the way in which the ear responds to different frequencies of sound.
Proper use and fitting of hearing protection is essential to safeguard your hearing.
- Exposure to loud noise will inevitably cause hearing loss over time.
- Loud noise damages or destroys the nerves/hair cells in the inner ear.
- Our ears can recover from short exposure to loud noise, but over time nerve damage will occur.
- The longer and louder the noise, the greater chance permanent damage will occur.
- Hearing loss from noise exposure is usually not noticed because it is so gradual.
- Usually a person loses the ability to hear higher pitches first.
- Often the first noticeable effect is difficulty in hearing speech.