Decibels are units used to measure sound. On the decibel scale, an increase of 10 means that a sound is 10 times more intense. This means that a small increase in decibels can have a significant impact on our ears. A normal conversation is about 60 decibels. Long and or repeated exposure to sounds above 85 decibels can cause hearing loss.
The higher the decibel level, the shorter the time it takes for hearing loss to occur. It is recommended that for those sounds above 85 decibels, ear plugs should be worn. This will significantly reduce hearing loss from damaging levels sound.