Decibels (dB) are units that are used to measure sound level/intensity. Audiologists use decibels to set hearing aids to the comfort of the user on a scale of 0 – 140 decibels, with 0 being no sound and 140 being the most sound. It is important to note that “while we can hear more than 140 decibels, it is too painful for our ears and if you expose yourself to such a loud noise you are at extremely high risk of permanent damage to your hearing” (Alpine).
Some noises that are above 140 decibels would be fireworks (150 dB), shooting off a pistol or rifle (160 dB), and near a rocket launch platform (180 dB). Here are how some sounds rank based on decibels:
This chart goes into detail about the sounds mentioned above:
Turk Telekom Stadium – Istanbul, Turkey (2011) – 131.dB
Memorial Stadium – Clemson, SC (2007) – 132.8 dB
Husky Stadium – Seattle, WA (1992) – 133.6 dB
CenturyLink Field – Seattle, WA (2013) – 137.6
Arrowhead Stadium – Kansas City, MO (2014) – 142.2 dB
Many of us enjoy sporting events and concerts and think that a few hours of these loud noises would not be damaging. However, that is not the case. Noisehelp.com teaches us that
At events you know will be long and noisy it is important to plan for it. Babies and children are not the only ones that need hearing protection at noisy events, you do too! Keep these facts in mind next time you go to a loud arena. Every decibel and minute counts!