Protect Your Child's Hearing

Potentially Damaging Sounds

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that prolonged exposure to sounds at 85 decibels or higher can result in hearing damage. Here are the decibel levels of various sounds and events.

Kitchen garbage disposal: 85 decibels

Heavy traffic: 85 decibels

Noisy restaurant: 85 decibels

Walkman on high volume: 110 decibels

Snowmobiles: 110 decibels

Ambulance siren: 120 decibels

Rock concert: 120 decibels

Firecracker: 125 decibels

Noisy squeeze toy: 135 decibels

Jet engine: 140 decibels

Source: Miracle-Ear Children's Foundation

Reviewed 2/02 by Jane Forester, MD

The information on this Web site is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your pediatrician or family doctor. Please consult a doctor with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your or your child's condition.

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