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What are the levels associated with common loud noises?

Scroll over the chart below to learn the decibel (dB) levels for specific noises and see what the risk factor is for various sounds.

Level 1 - Non-hazardous Noise Level
Level 4 - Unprotected Exposure May Cause Hearing Loss
Level 2 - Ear Damage Possible
Level 5 - Severe Irritation to the Ear
Level 3 - Extremely Loud and Uncomfortable
Level 6 - Immediate Ear Pain
 
Level 7 - Immediate Physical Damage
60 dB - Normal Conversation
74 dB - Vacuum Cleaner
80 dB - Hair Dryer
85 dB - Smoke Alarm
87 dB - Fork Lift
90 dB - Subway
94 dB - Power Lawn Mower
100 dB - Crying Baby
105 dB - Motorcycle
118 dB - Chain Saw
120 dB - Thunder
130 dB - Auto Racing
140 dB - Rock Concerts
150 dB - Jet Airplane
160 dB - M1 Rifle
166 dB - Hand Gun
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