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  • What’s louder — a jackhammer or a jet airplane?

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    • How loud is too loud? Which everyday sounds are safe, and which require hearing protection?

      Lawn mowers. Sirens. Power tools. Honking horns. Our ears are powerful antennas, capable of picking up noises from our environment and translating them into everything from a baby’s giggle to a beautiful sonata. Powering this process are thousands of tiny hair cells that live within your inner ear, which capture and transmit sound waves to your brain.

      Usually there’s no need to worry. But when noise gets loud—above about 85 decibels (dB)—these little hair cells can get damaged. If you’re going to be around loud noises, help protect your hearing with earplugs or earmuffs.

      By wearing the proper earplugs or earmuffs, you can reduce noise levels by 24 to 32 decibels, which helps lower the risk of long term hearing loss.

    • In the yard

      Birds singing, rain falling, cicadas chirping at dusk. We all love the beautiful sounds of nature. But when it comes to getting a job done around the yard, sometimes you need a little power. Anyone operating machinery a chain saw (120dB), a leaf blower (110dB) or lawn mower (85dB) would benefit from wearing the proper hearing protection.

    • Around the house

      It’s not practical or necessary to wear hearing protection when doing most household chores. But if you are exposed to noise when doing sustained or repetitive tasks, like hammering nails (120dB), using a power screwdriver (95dB), or vacuuming (85dB)—you will want to protect your hearing to help reduce your risk of possible long-term hearing loss.

    • On the street

      If you’re bustling to work in the city or power walking in your local park, the noises you hear are likely at normal levels. But if you’re going to be around heavy construction noises like jackhammers (130dB) or stuck near noisy traffic horns (120dB) for any length of time, it would be beneficial to wear earplugs or earmuffs to help protect your hearing.

    • On the job

      From construction workers to rock stars. From landscapers to air traffic controllers. Detecting noise levels on the job is the first step to help ensure you’re protected.

      According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), around 30 million people in the United States are exposed to potentially dangerous levels of noise in the workplace—in one year alone, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported over 21,000 cases of preventable hearing loss. It is required in many work environments to use hearing protection to help ensure you don’t face permanent hearing damage.

      Whether in the yard, around the house or on the job, take the time to think about hearing safety and consider which hearing protection solutions might be best for you. Explore and interact with our decibel level guide at the link below.

      The best safety gear does more than protect – it propels