Decibel level of what we hear

10 dB – Normal breathing
20 dB – Rustling leaves, mosquito
30 dB – Whisper
40 dB – Stream, refrigerator humming
50-60 dB – Quiet office
50-65 dB – Normal conversation
60-65 dB – Laughter
70 dB – Vacuum cleaner, hair dryer
75 dB – Dishwasher
78 dB – Washing machine
80 dB – Garbage disposal, city traffic noise

Prolonged exposure to any noise above 90 dB can cause gradual hearing loss.

84 dB – Diesel truck
70-90 dB – Recreational vehicle
88 dB – Subway, motorcycle
85-90 dB – Lawnmower
100 dB – Train, garbage truck
97 dB – Newspaper press
98 dB – Farm tractor

Regular exposure of 100+ dB for more than 1 minute risks permanent hearing loss.

103 dB – Jet flyover at 100 feet
105 dB – Snowmobile
110 dB – Jackhammer, power saw, symphony orchestra
120 dB – Thunderclap, discotheque/boom box
110-125 – dB Stereo
110-140 dB – Rock concerts
130 dB – Jet takeoff, shotgun firing
145 dB – Boom cars