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Health Risks


People who are exposed daily to loud noise such as that associated with boom cars suffer from hearing loss, sleep depravation, chronic fatigue, anxiety, hostility, depression and hypertension. Pregnant women, infants and children may be seriously harmed by exposure to this type of noise. For those who drive in boom cars, besides permanent hearing damage, the noise is damaging to the nervous system.

From Noise Off - The Citizens Coalition Against Noise Pollution


How Loud is Too Loud?


Too loud is when you have trouble hearing over the telephone; normal conversation is muffled. especially the speech of children and female voices; you ask people to repeat things; or there may be a vague feeling of pressure or fullness in the ears or you just can't shake that high-pitched ringing or buzzing in your ear. One reason people don't notice the danger of noise is that excess exposure to noise cause few symptoms. Hearing loss is gradual and rarely painful.


What is a Decibel (db)?


A decibel is a way of expressing relative differences in sounds. It is measured on a scale from zero to 140. Sounds louder than 85 decibels can damage your ears.


This noise chart gives you an idea of how much noise things make:


150 db = rock music peak
140 db = firearms, air raid siren, jet engine
130 db = jackhammer
120 db = jet plane take off, amplified car stereo

Extremely Loud
110 db = rock music, model airplane, head-sets
106 db = bass drum roll
100 db = snowmobile, chainsaw
90db = lawnmower, truck traffic, subway train

Very Loud
80 db = alarm clock, busy street
70 db = vacuum cleaner
60 db = conversation, dishwasher

50 db = hard rainfall
40 db = quiet room

30 db = whisper, quiet library


Report boom car noise at (812) 355-7777

Report boom car noise at (812) 355-7777

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