Hearing Loss Prevention
It is commonly acknowledged that wearing helmets during motorcycle rides or life jackets while waterskiing is a prudent practice. Similarly, it is imperative to take necessary precautions to prevent diseases.
However, most people don’t consider the equal importance of safeguarding our hearing. Prolonged exposure to loud noises such as gunshots, booming music, or heavy machinery can have detrimental effects on our hearing, leading to occupational hearing loss. It is vital to be aware of the potential risks and to take steps to protect our hearing health.
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Exposure to loud sounds can have detrimental effects on your hearing. It is important to understand which sounds can potentially cause permanent damage or hearing loss, especially those that exceed 85 decibels. To assist with this, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (NIOSH/CDC) have compiled a comprehensive list of decibel ratings. This list not only provides information on permissible exposure time to common sounds but also equips individuals with the knowledge they need to take appropriate measures in order to safeguard their hearing. By following these guidelines, individuals can minimize the risk of hearing damage and maintain optimal auditory well-being.
|Sounds||Intensities||Permissible exposure time|
|City Traffic, inside the car||85 dB||8 hours|
|Bulldozer||88 dB||4 hours|
|Jazz Concert||91 dB||2 hours|
|Power Mower||94 dB||1 hour|
|Nightclub||97 dB||30 minutes|
|Ambulance Siren, inside driver window down||100 dB||15 minutes|
|Rock Concert, Leaf Blower||115 dB||30 seconds|