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Hearing DamageEnvironmental SoundsHouse and GardenMusicMiscallenous SoundsFirearmsFarmingRailroadIndustryConstruction









WARNING







Hearing damage Long-term exposure, need not be continuous 85 dB


Short-term exposure 120 dB


Threshold of pain 130 dB
















Category Source Level (dB)











Environmental Sounds Light leaf rustling, calm breathing 10 dB


Leaves rustling in a breeze 20 dB


Whisper at five feet 30 dB


Passenger car at 10 m (30 ft) 60 80 dB


Heavy traffic 78 dB


Traffic on a busy roadway 80 90 dB


Jet engine at 100 m (300 ft) 110 140 dB


Thunder clap 120 dB


Jet engine at 30 m (100 ft) 150 dB











House and Garden Very calm room 20 dB


Normal conversation at 1m (3ft) 40 60 dB


Washing machine, dish washer 42 53 dB


Average home interior 50 dB


TV set at moderate level at 1m 60 dB


Hand-held electric mixer 65 dB


Vacuum cleaner 74 dB


Food blender 88 dB


Router 85 - 110 dB


Gasoline-powered blower up to 98 dB


Chain saw at idle 91 - 98 dB


Mower 95 - 120 dB


Power saw 95 - 115 dB


Leaf blower 101 dB


Chain saw at cutting at 1 m (3 ft) 110 dB











Music Personal stereo systems 60 -114 dB


Home stereo 80 -115 dB


Dance floor 85 -100 dB


At the bar 90 dB or more


Clubs and discos 91 - 96 dB or more


Rock concerts ( average ) 100 dB or more


Car stereos (inside the car, up to) 154 dB











Miscellaneous Fishing (powerboat) 60 - 115 dB


Motorcycle 80 - 115 dB


Private aircraft 80 - 110 dB


Jazzercize class 90 - 92 dB


Sporting events (average) 95 - 100 dB.


Referee whistles 103 - 107 dB


Ambulance siren 120 dB


Vuvuzela horn at 1 m 120 dB


Toy pistols 150 - 160 PSPL


Stun grenade 170 180 dB


Apollo liftoff 188 dB


Sonic boom (shock wave) 194 dB or more











Firearms .22 caliber rifles (peak sound pressure level PSPL) 132 - 139 dB PSPL


Rifles 143 - 170 dB PSPL


12 gauge shotgun 161 - 165 dB PSPL


Mauser pistols 163 - 170 dB PSPL


Shotguns 163 - 172 dB PSPL


M1 rifle fired at 1 m (3ft) 168 dB


.30-06 rifle fired at 1 m (3 ft) 171 dB


Various other fire arms 100 - 175 dB PSPL











Farming Combines (idle inside to full throttle level outside) 80 - 105 dB


Orchard sprayer 85 - 106 dB


Feeding breeders 85 - 105 dB


Grain dryers (at 20 feet) 88 - 110 dB


Feeding weaners 90 - 107 dB


Feeding growers 91 - 112 dB


Corn grinding 93 - 97 dB


Tractor 97 - 103 dB


Pig squeals (single squeal) 115 dB











Railroad Locomotive Engineer's Cab 87 dB


Horn (minimum at 100 feet) 96 dB











General Industry Lathe 81 dB


Textile Loom 108 dB


Punch Press 110 dB











Construction Backhoe 84 - 93 dB


Front-end loader 86 - 94 dB


Grader 87 - 94 dB


Hammer 87 - 95 dB


Skill saw 88 - 102 dB


Earth tamper 90 - 96 dB


Crane 90 - 96 dB


Bulldozer 93 - 96 dB


Heavy equipment operation 95 - 110 dB


Concrete joint cutter 99 - 102 dB


Stud welder 101 dB


Jackhammer 102 - 111 dB


Pneumatic Chip Hammer 103 - 118 dB


Abrasive blasting 105 - 110 dB


Needle guns up to 112 dB


Rock drilling up to 115 dB


Demolition up to 117 dB


Chain saw operation up to 125 dB