I've asked this question on my site with no responses, perhaps I'll have more luck here. I was specifically thinking of film watching and music, but the question applies generally.

Are there any guidelines for the maximum peak and average volume that a child should experience? Is anybody aware of any AV kit with a "child friendly" setting to limit the output to below these levels?

asked 12 Nov '09, 13:54

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The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders says the following:

110 Decibels
Regular exposure of more than 1 minute risks permanent hearing loss.

100 Decibels
No more than 15 minutes of unprotected exposure recommended.

85 Decibels
Prolonged exposure to any noise at or above 85 decibels can cause gradual hearing loss.

The Children's Hearing Institute gives some examples of various noise levels (they feel over 80dB is dangerous):

Dangerous levels:

  • 150 dB = rock music peak
  • 140 dB = firearms, jet engine
  • 130 dB = jackhammer
  • 120 dB = jet plane take-off, amplified rock music at 4-6 ft., car stereo, band practice
  • 120 dB = ambulance siren
  • 120 -140 dB = Motorcycles, firecrackers

Extremely loud:

  • 105 dB = helicopter
  • 100 – 115 dB = iPods used at maximum levels
  • 100 dB = snowmobile, chain saw, pneumatic drill, night clubs
  • 95 dB = motorcycle
  • 90 dB = lawnmower, shop tools, truck traffic, subway
  • 90 dB = noisy toys
  • 80-96 dB = restaurants

Very loud:

  • 80 dB = alarm clock, city street traffic
  • 70 dB = vacuum cleaner

Normal levels:

  • 60 dB = normal conversation
  • 35 dB = whispered voice

answered 12 Nov '09, 16:31

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I knew this info was out there. Nice job finding it!

(12 Nov '09, 16:50) Matthew Jones

I wonder where my family's snoring ranks in there. Maybe it's not 150 dB but it certainly feels like it at 2:00 am

(12 Nov '09, 17:32) Dinah

thanks, just what I was looking for

(12 Nov '09, 17:36) Rich Seller

I've heard that babies (I don't know about children) shouldn't be in environments where the noise level is such that you would have to yell to be able to have a conversation. The noise level should allow you to have a normal, spoken conversation, and at that point it is safe for babies


answered 12 Nov '09, 14:03

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I've heard a lot of things too, but I was looking specifically for guidelines based on research

(12 Nov '09, 14:17) Rich Seller
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