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Hearing Conservation Services - for Everyone

Industrial workplace noises, gunfire, loud music, and other common, everyday sounds that are louder than 85 decibels can cause permanent hearing loss. Just how loud is 85 decibels? Take a look at these decibel ratings and permissible exposure times provided by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (NIOSH/CDC.)

"An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure": Ways to Protect Ears from Hearing Loss

Sounds Intensities Permissible exposure time
City Traffic, inside the car 85 dB 8 hours
Bull Dozer 88 dB 4 hours
Jazz Concert 91 dB 2 hours
Power Mower 94 dB 1 hours
Night Club 97 dB 30 minutes
Ambulance Siren, inside; Driver window down 100 dB 15 minutes
Rock Concert, Leaf Blower 115 dB 30 seconds
City Traffic, inside the car 85 dB 8 hours
Ambulance 125 dB
Jet from 100 feet 135 dB
Gun Shot 145 dB
12-guage Shot Gun 165 dB

For a complete listing of over 1700 noises and their corresponding decibel levels, check out the Noise Navigator