It’s important to know that permanent hearing loss cannot be reversed. Hearing loss is a slow process that occurs as you age, so it’s not very noticeable until it’s too late. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is the only type of hearing loss that can be prevented. Excessive noise exposure is the leading cause of it. You can immediately suffer from permanent hearing loss if you lack hearing protection when exposed to particular sounds.
How to protect your hearing from loud noises
Prevent damage from foreign objects
Decibels (dB) are measurements of sound intensities. The faintest sound that can be heard by humans is 0dB. The loudest sound comes from a rocket launch, which can reach at least 180dB.
Generally, 85dB or more is the level that endangers your hearing. These noise levels come from things like lawn mowers and motorcycles, which can cause permanent hearing loss.
Noise decibels and sources of sound
140dB - A gunshot or a jet engine during takeoff. This poses an immediate danger to your hearing.
125dB - An air raid siren or fireworks. This is known as the “pain threshold”.
120dB - Rock concerts or using a sandblasting tool. Your hearing can be damaged in 7 minutes.
115dB - A baby crying or a jet ski. Your hearing can be damaged in 15 minutes.
110dB - A driver using a snowmobile. Your hearing can be damaged in 30 minutes.
105dB - A helicopter or jackhammer. Your hearing can be damaged in 1 hour.
100dB - A chainsaw or stereo headphones. Your hearing can be damaged in 2 hours.
95dB - A motorcycle or power saw. Your hearing can be damaged in 4 hours.
90dB - A lawnmower, truck traffic. Your hearing can be damaged in 8 hours.
85dB - This is the beginning of the hearing threshold that is considered dangerous.
70dB - Busy traffic, vacuum cleaner.
60dB - Conversations with others, a dishwasher.
40dB - A quiet room.
Here’s a list of decibel meter apps that you can use on your smartphone.
If you, or a loved one, are experiencing hearing loss please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation with one of our hearing instrument specialists.