How Loud is too Loud??

Protect Your Ears

Know which noises can cause damage. Wear ear plugs when you are involved in a loud activity.

  • 110 Decibels : Regular exposure of more than 1 minute risks permanent hearing loss.
  • 100 Decibels : No more than 15 minutes of unprotected exposure recommended.
  • 85 Decibels : Prolonged exposure to any noise at or above 85 decibels can cause gradual hearing loss.
Sound Chart
Sound Source Firecracker Ambulance siren Chain saw, Rock concert Personal stereo system at maximum level Wood shop, Snowmobile Whispered voice
Decibels 150 120 110 105 100 30
Sound Source Motorcycle Power mower Heavy city traffic Normal conversation Refrigerator humming Threshold of normal hearing
Decibels 95 90 85 40 40 0