"Anyone who's exposed to loud noise can experience hearing loss, regardless of their age. Adolescents and Baby Boomers are the two population segments most prone to noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), which is permanent hearing loss caused by prolonged, chronic exposure to loud noise.
Ongoing exposure to sounds above 85 decibels (dB) can damage the tiny nerve cells in your inner ear responsible for hearing, causing permanent hearing loss. However, even a one-time occurrence like a gunshot or an explosion at close range can do lasting damage.
A decibel chart can help you understand when sound exposure can become dangerous.
It's never too late
To learn more about hearing protection, our helpful decibel chart can help you understand when sound exposure can become dangerous.
Many people unknowingly have a higher risk of hearing loss because of their job. Certain professions tend to involve loud noise and workers in these fields should protect their ears to prevent occupational hearing loss."