How Loud Are Car Alarms?

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

    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 tinnitus 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 Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      temporarily banished from this plane of existence.
      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      karma
      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.
       
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      geg1992
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      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 Benefactor Hall of Fame

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      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      karma
      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 dB.
       
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      geg1992
      English

      geg1992 Member

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

      Striveon Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Did your car alarm spike subside?
       
    7. GSC
      Wishful

      GSC Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic trauma.
      Did you get hit by a car alarm?
       
    8. Striveon

      Striveon Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Yes :( this morning. I was standing right next to my car. I was exposed to 3 loud beeps.
       
    9. PeteJ
      Depressed

      PeteJ Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma?
      I haven't noticed any posts on the entire site of a car alarm causing a permanent spike. I think car alarms are relatively common since they go off so easily. My point is, it will happen to people here but no one has posted yet who thinks a car alarm worsened their tinnitus beyond a temporary spike. We are all different but it seems that car alarms may contribute to spikes but they don't seem to last?

      I hope that eases your mind a bit? I also hope my observations are accurate.
       
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    10. Jack Straw
      Balanced

      Jack Straw Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame Advocate

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      1990s
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Infection, Acoustic Trauma
      I agree with @PeteJ. People have described temporary spikes from car alarms but I have never seen one be permanent.
       
    11. Striveon

      Striveon Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      08/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Thank you Pete, I truly appreciate you being there for me and providing me reassurance. <3 I will remain calm and laid back so this spike can hopefully subside sooner :)
       

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