Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Hearing loss

Hearing loss is permanent, it cannot be fixed so this summer take care to protect your ears and that of your families with proper noise protection earplugs.

Remember to use silicone noise protection for kids such as Spongebob or Hello Kitty earplugs from Cirrus Healthcare as it molds easily to the child ear shape and is relatively inexpensive and soft foam Cloudsoft in adults.

Here are the registered levels for common sounds, courtesy of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery:

30 decibels - soft whisper
50 decibels - rain
60 decibels - normal conversation/computer typing
70 decibels - expressway traffic
85 decibels - earplugs recommended for prolonged exposure at this level
90 decibels - subway, lawnmower, shop tools
100 decibels - chainsaw, snowmobile, drill
110 decibels - power saw
115 decibels - loud rock concert, sandblasting, car horn
130 decibels - race car
150 decibels - fireworks/jet engine takeoff
170 decibels - shotgun

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