How Loud is too Loud? A look at Decibel Levels
Ever wonder how loud is too loud?
We’re diving into the details when it comes to decibel levels.
It’s important to know the different decibels items in your home and outside your home make to protect your family. Children especially are at risk for hearing damage if exposed to dangerous decibel levels for a consistent amount of time. The risk for noise-induced hearing loss is influenced by the length of time you are exposed to the sound and the loudness of the sound.
Sounds that give off 0-70 decibels are safe to listen to for as long as you’d like. Things that fall into this range is moderate rainfall, typical conversation, an alarm clock.
Once you move into the above 85 decibels, like a kitchen blender or blow dryer, it begins to become less safe if listened to for more than 8 hours. In children, this time is reduced due to their smaller ear canals and the way the sound is transmitted.
A sound that is considered extremely loud and painful is anything above 90 decibels. The subway, for example, is 90 decibels, and firearms are 140 decibels. When there is prolonged exposure to loud noise it can cause injury to your hearing at this level. Even a single loud sound blast or explosion, known as impulse or impact noise can cause the same amount of damage as prolonged exposure.
How loud is too loud with your child’s toys?
Children’s toys can be categorized as extremely loud due to children placing them close to their ears and repeatedly playing the noise.
When certain toys, like squeaky rubber ones, are held directly to the ear, as children often do, they can actually expose the ear to as much as 120 decibels of sound. That is the equivalent of a jet plane taking off. Noise at this level can cause permanent damage to your child’s hearing. That is why it is important to evaluate all the noises in your home and the exposure your children have.
Make sure you take the steps to protect your ears.
You do not want to be fooled into thinking your ears can “tune it out” or are “tough enough”. This type of noise induced hearing loss is gradual and usually painless but is not reversible. Once destroyed, your ears cannot be repaired.