Hearing Loss Prevention
It’s widely accepted that wearing helmets while motorcycling or life jackets when waterskiing is a smart idea. Similarly, taking appropriate precautions to avoid diseases is a no-brainer.
However, did you know that guarding your hearing is just as crucial? Exposure to sounds such as gunshots, loud music, or large motors can cause severe damage to your hearing, resulting in occupational hearing loss.
Why wait? You don’t have to live with hearing loss.
Sounds/Noises that can damage your hearing.
Understanding what constitutes loud noises is not always straightforward. However, given that sounds over 85 decibels can lead to permanent damage or hearing loss, it is crucial to know what sounds fall into this category.
Thankfully, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (NIOSH/CDC) have compiled a helpful list of decibel ratings. The list details the permissible exposure time to common sounds, enabling individuals to take the necessary precautions to protect their hearing.
|Sounds||Intensities||Permissible exposure time|
|City Traffic, inside the car||85 dB||8 hours|
|Bulldozer||88 dB||4 hours|
|Jazz Concert||91 dB||2 hours|
|Power Mower||94 dB||1 hour|
|Nightclub||97 dB||30 minutes|
|Ambulance Siren, inside driver window down||100 dB||15 minutes|
|Rock Concert, Leaf Blower||115 dB||30 seconds|