How loud is too loud?
We love to listen to music. Why is that? When we listen to music our brain produces dopamines. That makes us feel really good and happy. And when we like something we want more of it and maybe in the case of music, we turn up the volume a bit?
But how loud is too loud?
Would you know what safe listening levels are to your ears? How many decibels are safe and when do you enter the danger zone sound wise? Important information to know. So we will give some facts and figures of the dB’s you are exposed to on an average day. Share this information with your friends and visit your next concert together at safe listening levels. Give them this code: decibel for a special 20% discount on our music earplugs.
A day in decibels
The birds are singing (40 dB), it’s morning, your alarm clock buzzes (80 dB). After that, you step into the shower and sing really loud (75 dB). For breakfast, you prepare a smoothy in the food blender (90 dB). Now you are ready to dive into the heavy morning traffic (90 dB) and travel to work with some music on your ears (85 dB). You arrive at a quiet office (50 dB) or a noisy one (70 dB). After lunch, you take the subway (94 dB) to visit a client. On your way, you pass a blaring radio (110 dB) and a chainsaw (117 dB). After work, you meet some friends in a bar (100 dB) and visit a concert together (120 dB). At home, it is time to feed your goldfish (35 dB) brush your teeth (50 dB) and go to sleep. The only thing you hear now is your own breath (10 dB).
Safe listening levels
When sounds reach high dB levels they can harm your hearing. Next to the dB levels also the amount of time your ears are exposed to the sounds count. From 0 – 85 dB your ears are considered to be safe. From 85 dB on your ears can get damaged when exposed to 85 dB for a duration of 30 hours a week. You can be exposed to 90 dB unprotected for 2 hours. It is wise to start protecting your ears when they are exposed to sounds above 95 dB. Hearing damage can occur when your ears are exposed to 100 dB for more than 15 minutes unprotected. 103 dB = 7.5 minutes / 106 dB = 3.7 minutes / 109 dB = 1.8 minutes / 112 dB = 0.95 minutes / 115 dB = 0.5 minutes
What can you do?
Whenever you are exposed to loud sounds, give you ears some rest after. When you listen to music on your smartphone listen to it with headphones instead of earbuds. Headphones seal your ears better so you will play your music less loud than when listening to the music with earbuds. When you visit a concert protect your ears with good quality earplugs that contain a filter. And if you want to be sure about the dB levels you are exposed too, download an app which can measure dB levels.
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