Preventing Hearing Loss

What may seem like a normal amount of noise to you could actually be causing irreversible damage and contributing to hearing loss. The good news is there are reliable ways to prevent hearing loss.

Sounds that damage your ears

Industrial workplace noises, gunfire, loud music, and other common, everyday sounds that are louder than 85 decibels can cause permanent hearing loss.

Below is a list of common sounds, their intensity in decibels, and the acceptable exposure time before hearing damage can occur.

Sound dB Time
City Traffic (inside car) 85dB 8 hrs
Bulldozer 88dB 4 hrs
Jazz Concert 91dB 2 hrs
Lawn Mower 94dB 1 hr
Nightclub 97dB 30 min
Ambulance (in car, open window) 100dB 15 min
Rock Concert, Leaf Blower 115dB 30 sec

Preventing Hearing Loss in Everyday Life

Occupational hearing loss prevention

Approximately 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous noise levels at work. Loud, constant sounds all day at work can cause long term hearing problems. We recommend using hearing protection devices and periodic hearing tests to make sure you are set up for success.

Hearing protection for hunters and recreational shooters

Roughly 50% of all recreational shooters may suffer some degree of hearing loss. Most gunfire exceeds 130 decibels. To prevent hearing loss and permanent damage to hearing, use reliable ear protection.

As a hunter, you need to be able to hear very soft sounds, while still protecting your ears from the peak noise levels of a gunshot. Fortunately, hunters have many options for ear protection, including custom or over-the-counter ear plugs or earmuffs, as well as devices that provide amplification while muffling the sounds of gunfire.