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How Loud and How Long

One way that noise can permanently damage your hearing is by a single brief exposure to a high noise level, such as a firecracker going off near your ear. But hearing damage can also occur gradually at much lower levels of noise, if there is enough exposure over time. To protect your hearing, you'll want to limit your exposure to any moderately high noise levels and give your ears a chance to recover after any period of extended noise exposure.

Common noise levels (dB), and their effect upon hearing.

 

Safe Exposure Times

dB

Sound

  Common noises:
Safe for prolonged exposure

0

Threshold of normal hearing

10

Breathing

20

Rustling leaves

30

Whisper

40

Refrigerator

50

Normal conversation

60

Office,sewing machine

70

Vacuum cleaner, hair dryer

80

City Traffic

Beginning of Danger Zone
 

8 hours

85

Prolonged exposure to noise levels 85dB and higher can result in permanent hearing loss.
 

2.5 hours

90

Lawn mower

 

15 minutes

100

Chainsaw, motorcycle

 

1.5 minutes

110

Power tools, snowmobile

 

Threshold of pain

   
 

Less than ten seconds

120

Rock concert

 

Less than one second

130

jackhammer, heavy industry

 

Instantaneous permanent damage

140+

Shotgun, rifle, jetplane takeoff

 

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