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
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