Just How Much Noise Does It Take To Damage Hearing?

It’s not uncommon for people to underestimate their need for noise control and isolation. Even if loud or constant noises don’t irritate you, that doesn’t mean they don’t take a toll. Apart from volume, hearing damage can occur due to frequency and duration of exposure. That means a noise doesn’t have to be especially loud, but if its constant or extended it can have a long-term effect.

Even not-so-loud noise can damage your hearing in the long run | The Washington Post

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“A single episode of very loud noise can do damage, but so can not-so-loud noise that extends over a long time. Decibel readings offer the most convenient way of measuring noise exposure. For context: Ordinary conversation between two people is approximately 60 decibels. At the other end of the spectrum, the pain threshold — where damage can be done quickly and where you’d be inclined to cover your ears — generally starts at around 120 decibels, researchers say.”

There are a number of simple ways to monitor and measure noise level. You can even find many noise monitoring apps for your smartphone.  Do you think you’ll now be more conscious of noise exposure knowing there’s more to its risks than just volume? Share your thoughts in the comments.