How to Avoid Hearing Damage from Audio Devices and Toys
Posted on Thursday, February 11th, 2016 at 10:44 am
Some consumer products make noise loud enough to damage your hearing, including personal audio devices if played too loudly as well as some toys and tools that make very loud noises. The louder the noise and the longer you are exposed to it, the more dangerous it is.
Know the facts:
- An intense sound close to your ear (like from a cap gun or firecracker) can cause immediate and severe hearing loss that may be permanent.
- Using some consumer products regularly at very loud levels can lead to permanent hearing loss over time.
- If your personal stereo system is so loud that you cannot hear sounds around you (like traffic), your personal safety may be at risk.
- If someone standing a meter away from you has to shout to be understood, the sound levels around you are probably more than 85 decibels (dBA). You face a significant risk of permanent hearing loss if you are exposed to these sound levels for eight hours or more a day.
- If someone standing 30 cm away has to shout to be understood, the levels probably exceed 95 dBA. This means a significant risk of permanent hearing loss if you are exposed for 45 minutes or more a day.
- If someone has to shout into your ear to be understood, the sound levels around you probably exceed 105 dBA. There is a significant risk of permanent hearing loss if you are exposed for just five minutes a day.
How to protect your hearing:
Source: Government of Canada.