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Hearing management

Updated 14 December 2017

Noise levels of common sounds

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

SourcePerception/hearingSound level in dB SPL
Whisper 

Rustle of leaves

Just audible10
Normal conversation

Auto traffic

Comfortable60
Window air conditioner

Motorcycle

Uncomfortable80
Power lawn mowerVery Loud100
Chain saw 110
Rock music 115
Oxygen torchUncomfortably loud120

 

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Minette Lister graduated with a Bachelor of Communication Pathology (Audiology) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Westville in 2015. Thereafter, she completed her compulsory year of community service at Phoenix Assessment and Therapy Centre in Durban. In 2017, Minette started working for Thompson and Hoffman Audiology Inc. She is passionate about working with children and adults to diagnose and manage hearing loss using state of the art technology. Minette offers hearing screening programmes for newborn and high-risk babies, as well as school-aged children, in order to decrease the incidence of late or unidentified hearing loss.

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