How clued up are you on safe sounds and how noisy the environment is around you? This information should shine some light!
Its not just sounds you need to be aware of! Its the amount of time your are in that environment!
What is a decibel?
A decibel (dB), is the unit used to measure the intensity of a sound – 85dB and above is the level at which noise becomes unsafe without the use of hearing protection.
For sounds under 85dB there should be no need for hearing protection. Although if you work in a noisy environment, up to 80dB, you should be educated and fully trained to understand the risks and hearing protection should be made available.
85dB and over hearing protection should be provided. These rules do not relate to social noise, and that’s where you need to make sure you protect yourself! for example: nights out and concerts.
Here are some examples of sound levels and maximum exposure times, after which hearing protection is required. These examples should give you a gauge for sound levels, some sounds are unavoidable and we arent saying avoid the below sounds - for example, you can't avoid an alarm clock, but it's good to know how to understand what: