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hearing_coverLoud sounds can cause damage to ears and hearing. Hearing can be damaged by a loud explosion or blast. Damage to hearing can also be caused by exposure to loud sounds over a period of time.

Many environments today are noisy and some can be hazardous to hearing. Noise exposure is today’s leading cause of preventable hearing loss.

Examples of Loud Sounds:

  • 150 dB – Fireworks
  • 120 dB – ?Jet engine
  • 90 dB – Motorcycle
  • 70 dB – Street traffic

Length of Time Before Constant Loud Sounds Can Cause Damage To Hearing:

  • 91 dB ? 2 hours of exposure can be tolerated
  • 100 dB ? Damage can occur within 15 minutes of exposure
  • 112 dB ? Damage can occur within 1 minute of exposure
  • 140 dB ? Immediate damage to hearing can occur

Common Items That Can Be Loud:

  • Airplanes
  • Amplified stereos
  • Car Horn
  • Firearms
  • Firecrackers
  • Garbage disposal
  • Hairdryer
  • Heavy machinery
  • Lawnmower
  • Leaf blower
  • Motorcycles
  • Mp3 players
  • Power tools
  • Sirens
  • Snow blower
  • Subway

How To Tell If Sounds May Be Too Loud:

  • You cannot be heard without raising your voice
  • You cannot have a conversation with someone that is 3ft. away
  • You hear ringing or buzzing in your ear following exposure to noise
  • You notice a decrease in your hearing following exposure to noise

Ways to Protect Your Hearing:

  • Avoid excessive exposure to loud noise
  • Consider purchasing products that are rated for noise
  • Determine the right hearing protection for the environments you are in
  • Lower the volume of loud sounds when possible
  • Wear appropriate hearing protection when in noisy environments

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Hearing tests are recommended for everyone, particularly if you have been exposed to workplace noise. Contact us or click here to arrange your?FREE?hearing test.


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