Levels of Sound

Varying volumes, pitches, and durations of sounds can harm your hearing in different ways. Loud, close noises such as a rocket launch, ambulance, or airplane can injure your hearing immediately, while a motorcycle may only cause hearing loss after one hour in close proximity. And, if you’ve left your alarm clock blaring continuously for 8 hours — you’re not only late for whatever you had to do today — you’ve also suffered some level of hearing loss. These are just some examples of how volume, pitch, and duration of sounds can affect your hearing health.

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