How Loud is too Loud?

How Loud is too Loud?

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Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center Parent Tip of the Week

October is Protect Your Hearing Month.
Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center offers these tips
and guidelines for your family’s hearing health.


Turn it down
If you are wearing earbuds/headphones and someone can hear your music from arms reach away (about 3 feet), it is too loud.

Use noise-cancelling earphones
These will allow you to set the listening level at a lower volume if you are in a noisy place and still hear what you want to hear.

Limit listening time
The louder the sound, the less time it takes to damage your hearing. The next steps will help you limit exposure to loud sounds.

Move away
Move away from the source of the loud sound. It’s one of the easiest things to do! Also, do not use noisy equipment in small enclosed spaces.

Use earplugs
Earplugs are inexpensive and easy to find at most drugstores, sporting goods stores, and hardware stores. Keep them at home, in your backpack, or in the car so you have them when you need them.

Cover your ears
Use your hands or use one finger to push the little flap in front of your ear backwards to seal off the ear canal.

Block the sound
Close the door, close the window!

How Loud is Too Loud?


  • 160 dB Jet Airplane
  • 150 dB Helicoptor
  • 140 dB Rock Concert
  • 130 dB Ambulance Siren
  • 120 dB School Dance
  • 110 dB Power Saw
  • 100 dB Cement Mixer
  • 90 dB Lawn Mower


  • 80 dB City Traffic
  • 70 dB Small Party
  • 60 dB Normal Speaking Voice
  • 50 dB Car Horn
  • 40 dB Refrigerator Motor
  • 30 dB Whisper
  • 20 dB Rustling Leaves
  • 10 dB Normal Breathing
  • 0 dB Threshhold of Normal Hearing

If you or a loved one might be experiencing hearing loss, contact Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center to schedule an evaluation at 216-231-8787.


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