Woman covering her ears from the loudest sound in the worldWe all love music and enjoy attending concerts of our favorite musicians. But did you know that the loud concert you’re enjoying could damage your hearing? Noises occur every day, but some could even lead to complete hearing loss or even worse, death.

What is the loudest sound in the world?

The loudest sound in the world happened in 1883, on the island of Krakatoa, which sits between the islands of Java and Sumatra in Indonesia. It was caused by a volcanic eruption.

It sent smoke up to 50 miles into the air and ash fell into the ocean almost 13 miles away. Burning hot debris was shot from the mouth of the volcano at the speed of 1600 miles per hour, which is more than double the speed of sound.

The Top 10 Loudest Sounds in the World

  1. Rock Concerts- A 400,000 watt rock concert can reach ear-splitting decibel levels, about 135-145.
  2. Fireworks- Though not typically heard up close, the sound heard from the sky is pretty loud, though not damaging. But at the bursting point, decibel levels reach 145-150.
  3. Gunfire- Anyone unfortunate enough to be standing near it, can be quite damaging to the ears at 145-155 decibels. It is always recommended to wear proper ear protection.
  4. NHRA Dragsters- As it fires up its engines and screams down the raceway, it can be damaging to your entire body. At the 155-160 decibel range, it vibrates your vision and makes it temporarily difficult to swallow.
  5. Space Shuttle Launch- Standing at least a half-mile away, you get overwhelmed by its 165-170 decibels of sound.
  6. The Blue Whale- They emit very loud, repetitive low-frequency rumbling sounds that travel for miles underwater. The mating call of the blue whale can reach levels up to 188 decibels.
  7. Krakatoa Volcano- Historically reported as the loudest sound at 180 Decibels: the earth-shattering explosion was heard approximately 1,930 miles away in Perth, Australia.
  8. 1 Ton TNT Bomb- When standing as close as 250 feet away from the impact, the explosion creates a decibel count of 210.
  9. 5.0 Richter Earthquake- A sufficient enough earthquake to destroy buildings, whole rock, and human life can reach a decibel level of 235.
  10. Tunguska Meteor- The explosion was caused by the air burst of a large meteoroid at an altitude of 3 to 6 miles above Earth’s surface. It was measured with a decibel rating 300-315.

Covering your ears from the sound of a dog bark or as you pass a construction site is a common way to protect yourself against these harsh sounds. The normal pain threshold for humans is 120-130 decibels. Sounds above 85 decibels can cause hearing loss.

For more information about hearing loss, contact Physicians Hearing Center in Dothan, Alabama, today!


Source: http://listverse.com/2007/11/30/top-10-loudest-noises/