How do I know if my hearing is at risk?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, exposure to sounds 85 decibels (dB) and above can damage your hearing.
The louder or higher decibel the sound is, the less exposure time is required for hearing loss to occur.
This chart shows examples of sounds with decibel levels ranging from 40 dB to 140 dB, and the amount of exposure time necessary to put your hearing at risk.
If you’re unsure whether the noise you’re being exposed to exceeds 85 dB, many smartphone apps — like Starkey’s free SoundCheck app — let you measure decibel levels in real time.
Gunshot, Jet Engine at Takeoff
Immediate danger to hearing
Air Raid Siren, Firecracker
Rock Concert, Sandblasting
Risk of hearing damage in 7 minutes
Baby's Cry, Jet Ski
Risk of hearing damage in 15 minutes
Snowmobile in Driver's Seat
Risk of hearing damage in 30 minutes
Risk of hearing damage in 1 hour
Chain Saw, Stereo Headphone
Risk of hearing damage in 2 hours
Motorcycle, Power Saw
Risk of hearing damage in 4 hours
Lawnmower, Truck Traffic
Risk of hearing damage in 8 hours
Beginning of OSHA Regulations
Busy traffic, Vacuum Cleaner