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How loud is too loud for a car stereo

How loud is too loud for a car stereo

Posted On 27 Jun, 2018

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We all love music and want to hear it louder and louder. Especially when we are excited or heading out on our next vacation. But be careful with your favourite songs! They can damage your hearing. And you want to listen to them in the future too, right? Let's take a look at the levels of decibels (dB) and find the one that will not hurt you!

What is too loud?
The human ear is a sensitive and a very specialized. It not only allows us to enjoy communication and music but also helps us with balance. So, it is of great importance to not expose it to too harsh of decibels.

The loudest sound recorded is 300dB. It will make us deaf for sure. Half of that - 150dB is still enough to cause damage. This is the sound of a landing jet. The average conversation stands at around 60dB and loud earphones reach a level of 95dB. The maximum of a car stereo is 170dB. But most of the cars for sale, for example, have just a 110dB stereo. So, the safe zone is between 50 and 70dB.

Safety first
Not only can you hurt your inner ear and become partially or completely deaf if you expose yourself to too many dBs, but you can hurt someone else too. Recent tests conducted in the Memorial University in Canada, show that when you listen to loud music in your car, your reactions become slower.

The research of Memorial University included sounds between 53dB and 95dB. The researchers found out that when they increase the sound, the time required to complete a task that requires decision making also increases by 20%. This means that when exposed to loud volume, you get slower and it is harder to react. It will take you 0.35 seconds more to stop the car in an unexpected situation. And those 0.35 seconds can cost yours or someone else’s life.

No matter whether you buy a new car or check cars for sale in London, make sure to drive it carefully even though you are a music fanatic. You love your life and ears too, right?

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