Hearing Protection

Life is Loud, Protect Your Hearing

Common Noise Decibel Levels

Over 85 dB for extended periods can cause permanent hearing loss.

140+ Fireworks | Gunshots | Custom car stereo (at full volume)


Jackhammers | Ambulances 130 dB

120 dB Jet planes (during takeoff)


Concerts | Car horns | Sporting events 110 dB

100 dB Snowmobiles | MP3 players (at full volume)


Lawnmowers | Power tools | Blenders | Hairdryers 90 dB

80 dB Restaurants | Alarm clocks


Why You Should Protect Your Hearing

It’s important to protect your hearing whenever possible to keep your hearing active, healthy and get the most out of your day-to-day conversations. One of the most common reasons for hearing loss is also one of the most preventable: noise-induced hearing loss. This type of hearing loss can come from a variety of activities we may not think are necessarily putting us at risk for any adverse health effects.

Can Activities Damage Your Hearing?

It is estimated that 24% of Americans between the ages of 20 and 69 experience hearing loss that is the result of exposure to excessive noise either at work or through recreational activities.

Thankfully, Southwestern Hearing & Balance offers comprehensive custom hearing protection. Schedule an appointment with one of our doctors of audiology to learn more about protecting yourself from noise-induced hearing loss. (505) 946-3955

Think You May Already Have a Hearing Loss?

Don’t wait to schedule a hearing test if you suspect you may have hearing loss, no matter how minor it may be. The earlier a hearing loss is detected and treated, the better!

Take our free 3-minute online hearing screener here!