How loud is too loud?

Hearing loss can reduce the capacity to communicate and participate in social situations and can affect a person’s education and employment opportunities. One in six Australians is affected by hearing loss and it gets much worse as people age - three in every four people over the age of 70 are affected. Exposure to noise is a known cause of about one third of the cases of hearing loss.

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Safe
Consider ear protection
Dangerous over 30 minutes.
Avoid 120dB+ altogether.

Decibels (dB) are used to measure sound level.

A small increase in decibels dramatically increases sound pressure.

For example, an 80 dB sound has ten times more sound pressure than a 70 dB sound and 100 times more pressure than a 60 dB sound.

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