5 Loud Noises That Could Damage Your Hearing
Noise is everywhere. From our environment and workplace, to transportation and entertainment—sounds surround us. And hearing these sounds is a beautiful thing!
But what happens when the noise is too loud or we are exposed for too long?
Prolonged exposure to an overly loud noise or brief exposure to an extremely loud one can damage the inner ear, resulting in hearing loss. Be aware and stay away from damaging loud noises.
Here are 5 loud noises that can damage your hearing…
1. Electronics. Lower the volume on your cell phone, tablets and head phones. Most can reach up to 105 decibels, but a safe range to maintain is around 75-80dB. (Anything over 85dB is not recommended)
2. Festivals and concerts. If you’re attending a concert or festival this weekend and are close to loud speakers, be aware that you could risk damaging your hearing. Keep a safe distance to protect your hearing.
3. Home improvement equipment. Have an upcoming home improvement project you want to tackle? Put in earplugs before you plug in the chainsaw or nail guns. These can reach 110-140 dB.
4. Balloons. The sound of bursting balloons at its highest level is comparable to a high-powered shotgun going off next to someone’s ear. The noise from this can reach up to 168 dB, and even one exposure could be potentially unsafe.
5. Gardening tools. It’s almost springtime and getting the yard ready is probably on your to-do list. But be aware that mowers, leaf-blowers and other equipment can reach 85-100dB, so wear protection or if you’re not the one using the device, move indoors.