Preventing Hearing Loss

Noise-induced hearing loss is caused by exposure to loud noise. When exposed to loud noise, the hair cells in the inner ear become damaged r esulting in permanent hearing loss. Decibels (dB) is a unit used to measure the loudness of sound. Prolonged exposure to any noise over 85 dB can cause hearing loss and exposure of any duration over 120 dB can cause instant damage.
  • 50 dB Average Conversation
  • 60 dB Dishwashers
  • 80 dB Alarm Clocks
  • 90 dB Hair Dryers, Lawnmowers, Blenders
  • 100 dB MP3 Players at full volume
  • 110 dB Concerts, Car racing, Sporting Events
  • 120 dB Jet planes at take-off
  • 130 dB Ambulances
  • 140 dB Gun shot, fireworks, custom car stereos at full volume
Wear hearing protection any time you are exposed to noise greater than 85 dB. Foam earplugs, earmuffs, amplified earmuffs, or custom hearing protection devices can all be used to protect your hearing. Contact one of our audiologists for recommendations regarding hearing protective devices or to obtain custom-made hearing protection.