This is how we refer to measures of noise levels – or loudness.

Hearing loss can be caused by excessive exposure to sounds over 85 decibel (85dB). To put this into context, normal breathing is 10dB; a vacuum cleaner 70dB; but a food blender can be 90dB – and harmful.

In terms of our ability to hear sounds, frequency also plays a part, e.g. high pitched children’s voices may be lost if we have problems at that end of the scale, but we might hear mid-range adult voices relatively better.

Tip: When buying your next food blender, vacuum cleaner, or DIY tool - check what decibel level it runs at, to make sure they remain at safe levels.

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