What does “decibel” (dB) mean?

Up to what volume level are we safe?

Decibels (dB) measure the volume of sound: from 0dB, which is the lowest sound the human ear can detect up to the sound produced by a missile launch, which may exceed 180dB.

Experts consider the exposure to more than 85dB dangerous, so some sounds, such as those produced by motorcycles, headphones, and lawnmowers can potentially lead to a permanent hearing loss.

The indicative volume level of daily-life noises:

150dB Air raid siren, fireworks. Maximum pain threshold. Risk of hearing damage within just 7 seconds

140dB Gunshot, jet engine at take-off. Risk of hearing damage within just 15 seconds

137dB Audiences in open-air (stadium arena) concert. Risk of hearing damage within just 30 seconds

120dB Rock concert, sandblasting. Risk of hearing damage within 4 minutes

115dB Baby cry, jet-ski engine. Risk of hearing damage within 8 minutes

110dB Jigsaw at maximum speed, Mp3 Player. Risk of hearing damage within 15 minutes

105dB Power-drill, helicopter engine, metro/subway platform. Risk of hearing damage within 30 minutes

100dB Chainsaw, lawnmower. Risk of hearing damage within 1 hour

95dB Motorcycle engine, jigsaw at low speed. Risk of hearing damage within 2 hours

90dB Truck/lorry engine. Risk of hearing damage within 4 hours

85dB Starting Point for the Institute of Occupational Health and Safety regulation. Risk of hearing damage within 8 hours

70dB Heavy road traffic, vacuum cleaner

60dB Conversation, dishwasher

40dB Quiet room

Attenuation Simulator

Protecting your hearing by using earplugs is necessary, when in places where music plays at very high volume levels, such as concerts and nightclubs.

With this simulator, you can experience how the earplugs filter the sound without reducing the quality of the music you wish to enjoy.

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