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Sound can be a beautiful thing- hearing the melody of an orchestra, the rustle of leaves and soothing rain drops.
Yet it can also be not that pleasing to the ear when you hear clanking pots and pans, or the screeching of an upset baby.
One thing to keep in mind is that super loud noises are no good, even if the tone and purpose of a sound has various impacts on whether you perceive it as enjoyable or not.
According to Medical Daily “some can cause hearing loss over extended exposure or a single blast, the loudest noises even have the power to kill you by rupturing your brain.”
Decibels are the unit in which sound is measured by in order to determine the intensity. You’ll be surprised to learn that a rocket launch doesn’t come as close to the loudest sounds.
Sounds that pose no threat to your good ol’ hearing are things like normal breathing (10db.), rusting leaves (20db.), and rice krispies in milk (30db.), conversational speech (60db.) and vacuum cleaners (70db.).
A trumpet (115db.), baby crying which comes in at 110 db., Michelle Larcher de Brito (loudest tennis grunt, 109db.) and who can forget Maria Sharapova(101db.) as well.
Not leaving out the loudest recorded burp and snore all sounds that are mostly okay but hearing them consistently could cause hearing damage.
The loudest human scream recorded is held by the U.K’s Jill Drake in London, which was recorded in 2000 measured at 180db.
Rock concerts (135db.) and the infamous vuvuzela’s (127db.) are also amongst the category that can cause damage with repetition.
Immediate hearing loss or death can be caused by sounds such as a space shuttle launch comes in at 165 db. Aircraft at take-off with 180db, loudest speaker ever at 182db(intense enough to shatter car windscreens nearby).
The shock-wave would rapture your brain if you were to be in close proximity to a Blue Whale (188db), Krakatoa volcano (180), and a 1 ton TNT bomb measuring a whopping 210 db.
You might be thinking that it’s highly unlikely that you will come in contact with most of these sounds that could cause damage to your hearing but remember to give your ears a break from time to time and enjoy some silence.
Why? Because silence is not only golden but also true wisdom’s best reply.
Sources: Medical Daily