Hearing Loss and Decibel Levels

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Damaging Decibels

Sounds above 90 decibels (dB, a measurement of the loudness or strength of sound vibration) may cause vibrations intense enough to damage the inner ear, especially if the sound continues for a long time. A jackhammer produces a sustained noise level of 120 dB, the noise from a large truck can peak at 90 dB, and the average noise level inside the cabin of an airplane can be between 90 and 100 dB over the duration of your flight. If you turn up your iPod or car radio to drown out the racket around you, you are actually blasting your ears with a dangerous level of sound. This combination of noise can cause hearing damage in a very short period of time.  For further information, please visit Dangerous Decibels.


HOW SAFE IS YOUR SOUND?


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REDUCE YOUR RISK OF HEARING LOSS BY PRACTICING SAFE SOUNDS!

Preserve New Orleans’ sounds, the soul of the New Orleans’ cultural heritage and the driving force of our tourist economy.

Steps to Prevent Hearing Loss:

1. Turn down the volume

2. Take a break in a quiet space

3. Never stand in front of a speaker! Put some distance between you and the sound source.

4. Wear protective earplugs when you can’t control the volume

Support music venues that Practice Safe Sounds.

Educate yourself about safe sounds and monitor your dB levels.

Download and use free cell phone apps to measure dB levels.

Spread the word to fellow musicians and music lovers.

The hearing you save may be your own.


Reference(s):
Lonsbury-Martin BL, Martin GK. Noise-induced hearing loss. In: Cummings CW, Flint PW, Haughey
BH, et al, eds. Otolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier;2010:chap

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