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How Loud Is Too Loud?


Noise-induced hearing loss is caused by a combination of volume and duration. Damage starts to occur after 85 decibels, and for every three-decibel increase, the amount of time you can be safely exposed (without earplugs) decreases by half. Keep in mind that the time limit is your total for the entire day; any more within a 24-hour period can do harm.


Source Traffic Airplane cabin Crying baby Power lawn mower Concert or sport event Motorcycle revving Car stereo at full volume
Decibels 70 80 90 105 110 120 140
Safe Time Unlimited Unlimited 90 minutes 2.8 minutes 45 seconds 5.6 seconds 0 seconds


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