How Loud is Too Loud?

Find out from the noise simulator

Exposure to noise is a known cause of one third of the cases of hearing loss.

Damage to hearing from noise is cumulative. The louder the sound, the less time you can safely listen to it. Just because a sound isn’t annoying doesn’t make it safe. Many daily activities won’t harm your hearing, but some can start to cause damage after only a short time.

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Music:

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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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