Know your Noise Limits
Did you know that about 75% of people who are exposed to loud noises never or rarely protect their hearing?
Being exposed to sounds that reach at least 85 decibels (dB) or more can cause hearing loss. A typical food blender can produce 88 dB. A ride through the car wash can produce 89 dB. A lawn mower can produce 96 dB. The noise at most restaurants and sports arenas tend to surpass safe levels.
Even though some of these noises may not be avoided, it’s a good idea to know when to limit yourself from being exposed to these noises. It’s important to keep in mind that noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is caused by high decibel level in addition to the amount of time you are exposed to the noise.
High noise levels and Amount of Exposure time
It is recommended that if you are exposed to eight hours of 85 dB, for every five dB following that, the time should be cut in half. For example, if you are going to a concert that is blasting 100 dB, you should wear protection for your hearing, leave after half an hour, or you can risk it - which is what 75 percent of people do.
To measure your surrounding noise levels, you can use a decibel meter, or even the SoundCheck Hearing Test, which is a hearing screener and sound level meter app from Starkey. This will allow you to assess your own hearing and discover if the noise levels are at your normal range or if you are at risk of hearing loss.
If you need suggestions on ways to prevent NIHL, check out this resource. If you believe that you have hearing loss, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing screening and consultation with one of our hearing instrument specialists.