Guide to decibel levels

NOISE levels above 105 decibels (dB) can damage your hearing if endured for more than 15 minutes each week.

But lower levels, such as between 85dB and 90dB, can also cause permanent damage if you’re exposed to them for hours every day.

Here is a guide to decibel levels:

Normal conversation: 60-65dB;

a busy street: 75-85dB;

lawn mower/ heavy traffic: 85dB;

forklift truck: 90dB;

hand drill: 98dB;

heavy lorry about seven metres away: 95-100dB;

motorbikes: 100dB;

disco/club/car horn: 110dB;

MP3 player on loud: 112dB;

rock concert/ambulance siren: 120dB.

If you have any questions about hearing loss contact Hidden Hearing.

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