Advice

How to Deal With Noise Sensitivity

Noise sensitivity can make life unbearable at times. Most people have some degree of noise sensitivity, and will be startled by loud bangs and find certain noises irritating. For some people though, everyday noises that most people barely notice can be excruciating to listen to and cause physical discomfort and feelings of anger. The world …

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Why Are My Ears So Sensitive to Noise?

Everyone experiences some level of noise sensitivity. For certain individuals though, noise can be unbearable. Relatively quiet sounds such as conversation, the humming of a refrigerator or even your own voice can seem too loud or distorted. For other people, noises don’t necessarily seem louder than they should, but certain sounds cause stress, anxiety or …

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How to Measure Decibels

A decibel might seem like an obscure or intimidating concept, only accessible to scientists or engineers using delicate equipment. This is not the case however; decibels are simple measurements that anyone can use to keep track of the sound levels around them. A decibel (dB) is the unit of a sound’s intensity, or in other …

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How Many Decibels Is Too Loud?

Sound is all around us, whether we notice it or not. Humans never experience total silence; in fact the only place where true silence can exist is in a vacuum. Our organs, the blood rushing through our veins and even our ears are constantly producing noise. While sound is a constant throughout our lives, the …

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When Is Hearing Protection Needed?

If you’re an employer, you need to be careful to meet legal requirements for providing hearing protection if your employees are exposed to loud noises at work. Legal requirements In the UK, the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 states that employers must provide hearing protection if employees are exposed to noises averaging 85 …

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