At Oakdale ENT, we recognize the importance of hearing protection in preventing hearing loss. We are exposed to sounds constantly throughout our day. Many are harmless, but some, over time, can damage your hearing.
The loudness of sounds is measured in decibels (dB). Understanding decibel levels for different sounds helps you recognize when hearing protection may be in order.
What is “loud”?
|Decibel Level||What We Hear|
|10 dB||Normal breathing|
|20 dB||Rustling leaves, mosquito|
|40 dB||Stream, refrigerator humming|
|50-60 dB||Quiet office|
|50-65 dB||Normal conversation|
|70 dB||Vacuum cleaner, hair dryer|
|78 dB||Washing machine|
|80 dB||Garbage disposal, city traffic noise|
|Prolonged exposure to any noise above 85 dB can cause gradual hearing loss.|
|84 dB||Diesel truck|
|70-90 dB||Recreational vehicle|
|88 dB||Subway, motorcycle|
|85-90 dB||Lawn mower|
|100 dB||Train, garbage truck|
|97 dB||Newspaper press|
|98 dB||Farm tractor|
|Regular exposure of more than 1 minute risks permanent hearing loss.|
|103 dB||Jet flyover at 100 feet|
|110 dB||Jackhammer, power saw, symphony orchestra|
|120 dB||Thunderclap, discotheque/boom box|
|110-140 dB||Rock concerts|
|130 dB||Jet takeoff, shotgun firing|
|145 dB||Boom cars|
Oakdale ENT can help you protect your hearing with over-the-counter or custom-fit protection.
- Expandable earplugs
- Pre-molded earplugs
- Custom hearing protection devices
Hearing protection is highly recommended for anyone regularly exposed to sounds measuring 85 dB or higher. Oakdale ENT frequently provides hearing protection for musicians, hunters, and individuals who work in loud environments.
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