How Loud Are Car Alarms?

Discussion in 'Support' started by geg1992, Apr 15, 2015.

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    1. geg1992
      English

      geg1992 Member

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/12/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure + Antibiotics
      I was shopping so my hands were full, and a car alarm went off next to where I was parked. I was exposed for about 15 seconds. I could feel the inside of my ears vibrating and my T has got worse which has made me worried :( it was so high pitched and loud, much louder than a horn. But it just seemed like a standard UK car alarm.

      Any ideas? Thanks.
       
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    2. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      East Coast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      They can hit 125db, but, decibel dropoff by distance is exponential, so even being a few feet away from the source cuts that dramatically.

      I'd say that next time this happens you might want to plug your ears with your fingers if possible, but I wouldn't be worried about this brief exposure doing actual damage. If it worries you, you could load up on NAC/magnesium/antibiotics.
       
    3. geg1992
      English

      geg1992 Member

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/12/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure + Antibiotics
      125 db?!? Didn't think it would be that loud! I have some magnesium so I'll take some of that.
       
    4. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      East Coast USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      1998
      That appears to be the absolute upper limit for units specifically sold as extremely loud. I would imagine that typical alarms are more like 90-110.
       
    5. geg1992
      English

      geg1992 Member

      Location:
      England
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/12/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure + Antibiotics
      Ah I see, this was definitely a manufacturers standard alarm, but it may be different in the UK? I can't seem to find much information. if it's 110db then I guess that's not too bad as it was a short exposure.
       

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