Think Ahead.

Think Ahead.

Summer!  It is the season many individuals look forward to each year! It often means vacations, outdoor activities, gardening, home improvement projects, sporting events and festivals. One thing many summer activities have in common is dangerously loud sounds! Hearing loss and tinnitus can ruin even the best of summers!

The noise chart below lists average decibel levels for everyday sounds around you  (

Painful impulse noise—Not safe for any period of time

150 dBP = fireworks at 3 feet, firecracker, shotgun

140 dBP = firearms

Painful steady noise—Not safe for any period of time

130 dBA = jackhammer

120 dBA = jet plane takeoff, siren, pneumatic drill

Extremely loud—Dangerous to hearing; wear earplugs or earmuffs

112 dBA = maximum output of some MP3 players, rock concert, chainsaw

106 dBA = gas leaf blower, snow blower

100 dBA = tractor, listening with earphones

94 dBA = hair dryer, kitchen blender, food processor

Very loud—Dangerous to hearing; wear earplugs or earmuffs

91 dBA = subway, passing motorcycle, gas mower

So, let’s keep summer safe and fun! Get your hearing

Moderate—Safe listening for any time period

70 dBA = group conversation, vacuum cleaner, alarm clock

60 dBA = typical conversation, dishwasher, clothes dryer

50 dBA = moderate rainfall

40 dBA = quiet room

Faint—Safe listening for any time period

30 dBA = whisper, quiet library

If you are routinely exposed to these types of dangerously loud sounds, get your hearing screened or tested, especially if you notice a change in your hearing or understanding or experience persistent noises in your ears! Wear ear protection!

Let’s keep this and every summer safe and fun! #thinkprevention #thinkaudiology