If you're exposed to it long enough, any noise level above eighty-five decibels-like what you'd hear on a busy city street or in the school cafeteria-can gradually damage your hearing.
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Anything louder than that: loud music, ambulance sirens, machinery, thunder, and yes, that fancy new table saw you got for christmas… will cause noise-induced hearing damage. Not only is hearing loss cumulative, you can't reverse it.
The solution is to prevent it in the first place, but before you splurge on hundred-dollar custom earplugs, test-drive a pair of one-dollar polyurethane foam stoppels, which are great for blocking all sound.
You can also find earplugs for under twenty bucks that block sound over the eighty-five decibel mark but still let you hear what people around you are saying. Depending on your priorities, that can be a good thing or a bad thing!
Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 75 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to-or reading-Bob's 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.
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