It’s estimated that as many as 24% of adults in the U.S. have some degree of noise induced hearing loss, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Sudden or prolonged exposure to dangerous levels of noise is a common cause of noise induced hearing loss.
We’ve put together this decibel chart to help you understand and identify when your hearing may be at risk from dangerous noise.
A decibel (dB) is a unit used to measure the intensity of a sound. The higher the dB reading, the more at risk you are of noise induced hearing loss. With some dB levels, you may be able to safely expose your hearing without protection for prolonged periods of time without risk. For others, such as sounds that are 100 dB and above, it takes far less time to damage your hearing.
Now that you have a better understanding of how loud the different sounds around you are, you can take steps to help protect your hearing. We recommend downloading a decibel reading app on your smartphone that will help you monitor the noise in your environment.
Remember, protecting your hearing now will help prevent hearing loss in the future.
If you would like to explore hearing protection, or are concerned that noise may have impacted your hearing, please come in and meet with the hearing professionals at Come Hear Hearing Center. Call us on (864) 546-5708 to arrange your next appointment.