Hearing management

14 December 2011

Noise levels of common sounds

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

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Source Perception/hearing Sound level in dB SPL
Whisper 

Rustle of leaves

Just audible 10
Normal conversation

Auto traffic

Comfortable 60
Window air conditioner

Motorcycle

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

 

 

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Karien van der Sandt is a practising and consulting audiologist with 15 years’ private practice experience. She specialises in hearing assessments, hearing aid fittings, aural rehabilitation and counselling with a special interest in paediatrics. Read more

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