128 Chesterfield Commons East Road

Chesterfield, Missouri 63005

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.

Call us to schedule an appointment to have your hearing tested.

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.


SoundsIntensitiesPermissible exposure time
City Traffic, inside the car85 dB8 hours
Bulldozer88 dB4 hours
Jazz Concert91 dB2 hours
Power Mower94 dB1 hour
Nightclub97 dB30 minutes
Ambulance Siren, inside driver window down100 dB15 minutes
Rock Concert, Leaf Blower115 dB30 seconds