Listen Up: How To Prevent Hearing Loss
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|
|Safe Time||Unlimited||Unlimited||90 minutes||2.8 minutes||45 seconds||5.6 seconds||0 seconds|
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