Recreational and Occupational Hearing Protection Devices (HPDs)

We live in a very noisy world. From traffic to restaurants, our ears are constantly bombarded with sound. Once the sound reaches a certain level, it can actually damage our hearing. Educating and providing protection to prevent hearing loss is as important a part of our hearing services at Total Hearing Care as treating existing hearing loss.

Some occupations that might benefit from custom protection include:

  • aviatiors
  • dentists
  • physicians
  • broadcasters
  • shooters
  • waiters/waitresses
  • band teachers
  • motor sports’ enthusiasts
  • DJs
  • musicians
  • construction workers
  • hunters
  • flight attendants
  • carpenters
  • bartenders
  • dental assistants

Earplugs are recommended for sounds 85 dB and above.


  • 85-90 dB – Prolonged exposure to any noise above 85-90 decibels can cause gradual hearing loss
  • 100 dB – no more than 15 minutes unprotected exposure recommended
  • 110 dB – Regular exposure of more than 1 minute risks permanent hearing loss


Decibels (dB) Sounds

 Threshhold for Normal Hearing
20      Ticking watch
30      Quiet whisper
40      Refrigerator hum, leaves
50      Rainfall
60      Normal conversation, dishwasher
70      Normal street noise
80     Police whistle, noisy restaurant
85     Average factory
95     MRI
100  Blow dryer, subway train
105  Power mower, chainsaw
120  Rock concert, fireworks display
130  Jet engine plane(100 ft. away)
140  Shotgun blast, air bag deploying