Harmful Sounds for Your Hearing
In the table below, you can find the average dB level of the more harmful sounds
that have been tested.
These have been measured and organised into a table, and linked to professions that experience these certain noise levels in the workplace.
||Industry dBA Average
||Emergency vehicle siren, mounted on car grill, at front of car
||Emergency services professionals
||Police motorcycle, Kawasaki 1000, siren on
||Night club, floor staff, UK
||Crane, paving machine, Bulldozer, drill, construction noise
||Night clubs, DJs, UK
||Labourers - demolition
||Ambulance, inside with siren on
||Farming combines, Tractor, Pig squeals
||Electricians - installing trench conduit, Electricians - pulling wire
||Ironworkers - erecting Iron, Ironworkers - grinding
||Lawn mower, gas-powered and electric, Leaf blower
||Waste disposal person
Those in emergency services were found to be at high levels of risk when it came to exposure to dB levels on a daily basis. This was measured by the siren levels they were exposed to.
Sounds above 105 dB can cause hearing loss after five to ten minutes. As well as this
, pain and injury to the ear, such as tinnitus, can be risky for people like police officers and bar/nightclub staff who are exposed to high sound levels.
Chainsaws, which are used regularly by tree surgeons are also high on the list. So, it’s important that those who work in this industry are provided with the correct health and safety equipment.
Professions exposed to a dB average of 90 to 100 can suffer from hearing damage after 50 minutes of continuous exposure.
These include jobs for those in construction, farming, trade (like electricians and ironworkers) and music entertainment (such as DJs).
Gardeners, cleaners, hairdressers and those in waste disposal also made the top of the list - common jobs that many people work within. Working with tools or machinery can have negative effects over time. For example, a hairdresser listens to a hairdryer all day. A dB of 80 to 85
can cause damage to hearing after just two hours.