Just as you would take preventative measures to protect yourself from heart disease or diabetes, it pays to protect your ears from exposure to loud sounds such as music, power tools, gunfire and industrial noise.
|Sounds||Intensities||Permissible exposure time|
|City Traffic, inside the car||85 dB||8 hours|
|Bulldozer||88 dB||4 hours|
|Jazz Concert||91 dB||2 hours|
|Power Mower||94 dB||1 hour|
|Nightclub||97 dB||30 minutes|
|Ambulance Siren, inside driver window down||100 dB||15 minutes|
|Rock Concert, Leaf Blower||115 dB|
Any sounds that are louder than 85 decibels can put you at risk of permanent hearing loss. But just how loud is 85 decibels?
Look at these decibel ratings and permissible exposure times provided by WorkSafe Victoria.
Intensities of Common Sounds in Decibels
For a complete listing of over 1700 noises and their corresponding decibel levels, check out this list of Exposure Time Guidelines from Dangerous Decibels.
If you are exposing your ears to any of these sounds, see the hearing loss prevention experts at True Hearing to discuss your hearing protection options including our expertly fitted custom ear plugs.
Hearing tests check a person’s ability to hear the loudness and pitch of sounds. Some reasons why you may need a hearing test include ringing in your ears, others companing that you talk too loud or watch the TV on high volume, or simply you have trouble hearing conversations.
While there’s no replacement for a consultation with a hearing-care expert, our free online hearing screening can provide some quick and useful feedback about your hearing. The screening should be carried out in quite space and all you need is a pair of headphones!
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