Noise Thermometer

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NoiseThermometer

Sound Energy Doubles Every 3 dB

(Example: if a 90 dB noise is doubled, it measures 93 dB)


 

Non-Occupational Noise

Occupational Noise

Fireworks
162 dB

 
 
 
 

Shotgun
170 dB

Handgun
166 dB

Rocket
Lift-Off
188 dB

 

Military
Rifle
161 dB

 

Artillery
Fire
170 dB

 

Firecracker
150 dB

 

Baloon
Pop
157 dB

Engine
Backfire
140 dB

Noisy
Squeeze
Toys
135 dB

Bicycle
Horn
143 dB

 

Jet Engine
Take-Off
150 dB

 
 

Dynamite
Blast
140 dB

 
 
 
 
 

Auto
Racing
130 dB

 
 
 

Pig
Squeal
130 dB

Jackhammer
130 dB

 

Oxygen
Torch
121 dB

 
 
 

Thunder
120 dB

Jet Plane
at Ramp
120 dB

Loud
Stadium
117 dB

 

Chainsaw
118 dB

 

Loud Rock
Concert
115 dB

 

Hammer
on Nail
120 dB

 
 
 
 

Generator
116 dB

Compactor
116 dB

 
 
 

Crying
Baby
110 dB

 

Personal
Music
Player
105 dB

 

Motorcycle
105 dB

 

Ambulance
Siren
112 dB

 

Impact
Wrench
102 dB

 

Diesel Truck
Accelerating
114 dB

 
 
 
 
 
 

Power
Lawnmower
94 dB

Subway
90 dB

Bulldozer
100 dB

 

Industrial
Fire Alarm
95 dB

 

Table Saw
93 dB

 
 
 

Cockpit of
Propeller
Airplane
88 dB

 
 

Forklift
87 dB

 
 
 

Smoke
Alarm
85 dB

Blender
85 dB

 

Hair Dryer
80 dB

 

Vacuum
Cleaner
74 dB

 

Alarm
Clock
75 dB

 
 

Elevator
85 dB

Handsaw
85 dB

Ringing
Telephone
82 dB

 

Garbage
Disposal
80 dB

 

Lathe
81 dB

 

Sewing
Machine
60 dB

Microwave
Oven
58 dB

Dishwasher
60 dB

Background
Music
50 dB

 

Rainfall
50 dB

 

Flowing
Stream
50 dB

 
 
 
 

Normal
Conversation
60 dB

 

Large
Office
50 dB

Paper
Rustling
50 dB

Transformer
50 dB

 
 
 

Quiet
Library
40 dB

 

Quiet
Residential
Area
40 dB

 

Refrigerator
43 dB

 

Audible
Whisper
30 dB

 
 

Quiet
Office
40 dB

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Normal
Breathing
10 dB

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Immediate
Physical Damage
160 dB
Immediate
Pain Threshold
130 dB
Severe Irritation
to the Ear
120 dB
Unprotected Noise
Exposure of Any
Duration Not
Permitted Above
This Level
115 dB
Extremely Loud
100 dB
Hearing Protection
Required by OSHA
90 dB
Ear Damage
Possible
85 dB
Non-Hazardous
65 dB
Comfortable
50 dB
Threshold
of Audibility
20 dB
0 dB


 

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