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Concerts, Loud Noises, and Tinnitus Loud concert? Ringing in your ears afterward? That’s called tinnitus. The average decibel level at a rock show is 110, loud enough to cause permanent damage after just 15 minutes. Hearing damage can occur with extended exposure of any noise over 85 decibels. Other risky sounds include leaf blowers and chain saws. Normal conversation registers at 60. Tinnitus can last for hours, days, weeks, or permanently. To prevent hearing damage or loss, use earplugs and limit your exposure.
Listening Too Loud Frequent exposure to sounds over 85 decibels (dB) over time can impair your hearing, he explains. The louder the sound, the less time it takes. Just 14 minutes of exposure to sound at 100 dB can begin to damage sensitive structures in the inner ear.