Noise Induced Hearing Loss

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Noise Induced Hearing Loss
Dr. Maria Wynens, Au.D.
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There are many sounds we encounter that can potentially cause permanent damage to your hearing. Learn about when damage can occur, some of the common sounds and some easy tips to prevent noise induced hearing loss.

Hearing Loss can occur when…

Having continuous exposure to sounds of 85 decibels or louder
Being exposed once to sounds exceeding 120 decibels
Here are some examples of sounds that can damage your hearing.

Traffic: 85 decibels
Lawn Mower: 90 decibels
Power Tools: 100 decibels
An MP3 Player at Max Volume: 110 decibels
Motor Boat: 110 decibels
Rock Concert: 115 decibels
Sporting Event: 137.6 decibels (loudest ever recorded)

Here are some sounds that you wouldn’t typically encounter, but gives you an idea of how loud they are relative to other typical sounds we can encounter.

Jet Engine: 140 decibels
Rocket Launch: 180 decibels
The good news is there are simple ways you can protect yourself from noise induced hearing loss. Here are just a few of those ways.

Wear ear plugs or noise cancelling ear muffs when you are around loud sounds, like power tools or mowing the lawn
Turn down the music. The volume on your MP3 player is too high if it completely drowns out all background noise, or if it feels uncomfortable to listen to