I live about 100 meters from the main church in a small city in Italy. The bells are quite loud and ring about every hour, and then they also ring like crazy on saturday at 12 and sunday. I am starting to worry that the noise from these bells could cause hearing loss. I am 35 years old. In the future, I will have a baby and I am owrried about the possible damage to growing ears. Any input possible about residual noise from churchbells would be very appreciated. and hten, the question of what to do. If I cloes the windows, it is muffled, but in the summer that is difficult.
Noise certainly can cause hearing loss. It is hard to say anything specific about your situation, since I do not know exactly how loud the bells are.
I can tell you that if you are exposed to 90 dB of noise for eight hours a day, you will likely develop hearing loss. 90 dB is about as loud as a lawnmower. This webpage has more info: http://american-hearing.org/disorders/noise-induced-hearing-loss/#duration
I hope that helps. I wonder if the bells are as loud as 90 dB by the time they reach you. And I wonder if you can ever sleep in, with them sounding off regularly!
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