Being exposed to sounds that are at least 85 decibels (dB) can damage your hearing health. The average food blender emits 88 dB. Driving through a car wash can expose you to 89 dB. A gas-powered lawn mower can reach up to 96 dB. Most of your favorite sports areas (football, hockey, etc.) or bars/restaurants can surpass safe noise levels.
Discover what your hearing thresholds are. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is measured by the decibel level plus the amount of time that you are exposed to the noise. Using your blender should be relatively safe unless you are using it non-stop for several hours.
Volume Levels plus the Exposure Time can put Risks to Your Hearing Health
It is recommended that you can only expose yourself to eight hours of noise at 85 dB. For every five dB after that amount of time, you should cut the time in half. For example, if you decide to go to a concert or football stadium where the noise levels reach 100 dB, it is advised to leave within half an hour. Unfortunately, the majority of people risk losing their hearing instead. Wear earplugs if you are going to stay in these spaces for an extended period of time.
You can always measure the decibel levels of the areas that you are in. Starkey’s SoundCheck app can be used on your smartphone to make sure the noise levels are safe.
NIHL is the only preventable type of hearing loss. Click here for more information on how to protect your hearing health by selecting proper hearing protection.
If you, or a loved one, are experiencing hearing loss, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation.
Please be aware that Pure Sound services will only be available by appointment and for essential visits at this time. Essential visits include all appointments that require repairs, re-fittings, and new hearing aid fittings. If you are having any issues with your hearing aids, or need supplies for your hearing aids, please call us before stopping in at one of our office locations.