Preventing Hearing Loss

It is widely recognized and advocated for individuals to wear helmets while motorcycling or life jackets when waterskiing, as these precautions contribute to safety. Similarly, it is imperative to take appropriate measures to prevent diseases.

However, it is vital to emphasize that the protection of one’s hearing should not be underestimated. Exposure to high-intensity sounds like gunshots, loud music, or large motors can lead to profound damage to the auditory system, potentially resulting in occupational hearing loss. Therefore, safeguarding one’s hearing should be a top priority to ensure long-term auditory well-being.

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Sounds/Noises that can damage your hearing.

Understanding what qualifies as loud noises may not always be straightforward. However, it is important to note that sounds exceeding 85 decibels can potentially result in permanent hearing damage or loss. Therefore, it is crucial for individuals to be aware of the sounds that fall into this category.

Fortunately, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have compiled a comprehensive list of decibel ratings. This invaluable resource provides detailed information on the permissible exposure time to various common sounds. By referring to this list, individuals can take the necessary precautions to safeguard their hearing and prevent any potential harm.


SoundsIntensitiesPermissible exposure time
City Traffic, inside the car85 dB8 hours
Bulldozer88 dB4 hours
Jazz Concert91 dB2 hours
Power Mower94 dB1 hour
Nightclub97 dB30 minutes
Ambulance Siren, inside driver window down100 dB15 minutes
Rock Concert, Leaf Blower115 dB30 seconds
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