First Edition of Wednesday Wisdom

Welcome to the first installation of Wednesday Wisdom! Every Week we’ll post information relating to hearing.

Our goal is to provide valuable information so that you can take an active part in maintaining your hearing health.
There are a variety of sounds in our environment. They range from faint sounds – like birds singing and leaves rustling – to louder sounds – like music, yelling, and construction noise.

The human hearing range depends on both the pitch of the sound – whether it is high or low – and the loudness of the sound.

As far as loudness is concerned, humans can typically hear starting at 0 dB. Sounds that are more than 85dB can be dangerous for your hearing in the case of prolonged exposure.

For reference, normal conversation is about 60 dB, a lawn mower is about 90 dB, and a loud rock concert is about 120 dB. In general, sounds above 85 are harmful, depending on how long and how often you are exposed to them and whether you wear hearing protection, such as earplugs or earmuffs.

Would it surprise you to know, for instance, that the decibel level of a jackhammer and generator is the same level as loud music? Things to think about…

Interested in seeing how loud your environment is? Try downloading a free Sound Meter app on your smart phone!
Hearing loss can be gradual and hard to catch, and once it’s gone it’s gone. Better to be safe now, than sorry later. If you have been exposed to loud noise for prolonged periods, give us a call. Fifteen pain-free minutes are all it takes for a complete Audiological evaluation!