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Health and safety at work

Wearing ear protection will help prevent hearing loss caused by excessive noise.

Custom made ear protection is available from Devon HearingCare in many different styles to suit different noise environments.

Exposure to noise

EC regulations require employers to provide suitable hearing protection for their employees where noise levels exceed 80 decibels (dBA).

Here are some typical decibel (dBA) levels of everyday situations:

  • normal speech: 60-65 dBA
  • a busy street: 78-85 dBA
  • lawn mower: 85 dBA
  • hand drill/angle grinder: 98 dBA
  • music venue/nightclub: 110 dBA
  • heavy lorry about 7 metres away: 95-100 dBA

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