Occupational hearing loss is a serious problem. That is why the European Union places hearing loss in the highest category (III) of occupational risks. Hearing loss is a chronic condition that has a great impact on your personal life.
You can safely hear a sound at 80 decibels for up to eight hours a day (or 40 hours a week). But as soon as this increases, it quickly becomes dangerous. With every 3 decibels, the noise doubles and so does the impact. This means you can only hear 83 decibels for four hours a day (or 20 hours a week). Noise of 103 decibels can damage your hearing in less than five minutes. Therefore, hearing protection is necessary to reduce the impact and danger.
|110 dB||immediate||stud gun, circular saw, electric hand drill|
|100 dB||5 min||grinder, leaf blower, motorcycling (100 km/h)|
|90 dB||1 hour||drum kit, cutting torch, bulldozer|
|80 dB||8 hours||vacuum cleaner, city traffic|
|70 dB||> 8 hours||blender, shaver, car, busy office|
|60 dB||–||piano playing, conversation, washing machine|