What does it mean “High level of noise” and how danger it is?

Each of us hears slightly differently, but it is assumed that sounds over 80 dB can damage our hearing – especially if we stay in a noisy place for a long time without any hearing protection. And while ordinary conversation, the sound of a hair dryer or a vacuum cleaner or the operation of a car are not dangerous to us, the work of a jackhammer or music played “at full blast” may lead to hearing damage, even permanently.

Often we have no influence on the fact that there is a short-lived, too intense sound next to us – for example, near a car accident or construction works. However, it is important not to stay for a long time in places where the noise exceeds 80 dB and is painful. The changes it causes may be irreversible.

How do I know if my hearing is impaired? When you feel uncomfortable talking to others, constantly turn up the volume of the TV or telephone, because you cannot hear, feel pain in your ears or evident changes in everyday life due to deterioration of your hearing – there is no time to delay, you need to see an otolaryngologist immediately.

Therefore, a level below 85 dB is considered a safe noise level from the labor code rule however if we stay for a long in time if the environment where noise level is between 70db to 80db we still may feel tired and headaches so it may worth it to use hearing protection products with low level of sound attenuation.

Average noise level in DB:

10 dB – whisper

20 dB – rustle of leaves

35 dB – quite music

45-50 dB – conversation

55 dB – hair dryer

60 dB – vacuum

70 – 80 dB – car

85 B – car horn

85 – 95 dB – heavy truck

95 dB – busy car traffic

100 dB – train, pneumatic hammer

110 dB – motorbike on the motorway

120 dB – very loud music

130 – 140 dB – jet takes off

170 dB – space rocket