Hearing management

14 December 2011

Noise levels of common sounds

What is the noise level of whispering, a chainsaw or rock music?


Source Perception/hearing Sound level in dB SPL

Rustle of leaves

Just audible 10
Normal conversation

Auto traffic

Comfortable 60
Window air conditioner


Uncomfortable 80
Power lawn mower Very Loud 100
Chain saw   110
Rock music   115
Oxygen torch Uncomfortably loud 120



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Heidi Allan is a qualified audiologist and speech-language therapist with 28 years experience both in South Africa and the Netherlands. I am a member of the American Academy of Audiology, the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, the South African Speech-Language Hearing Association and the South African Audiology Association. I have held leadership roles at both provincial and national level in my profession and deliver presentations across the country on aspects of audiology. My areas of particular interest include Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD), hearing aid fitting and rehabilitation, diagnostic audiology and public education.

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