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Cicadas Can Make as Much Noise as a Motorcycle

Learn about cicadas—the insect that only comes out every 13-17 years and the high-pitch buzz male cicadas use to attract their mates. The buzzing can reach up to 90 decibels.

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‘Tis the Season to Protect Your Hearing From Noisy Toys

The holiday season is the time for giving and sharing, but some toys may be hazardous to children's hearing. Consider the noise levels of toys before you buy!

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World Hearing Day

On March 3, join Noisy Planet, the World Health Organization (WHO), and others in spreading the message about healthy hearing in observance of World Hearing Day.

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Researchers Look to Smartphones to Improve Hearing in Noisy Places

An innovative research tool that runs on a smartphone may make it easier to hear conversations in noisy places, whether you wear hearing aids or not.

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Noisy Planet Offers Resources on Hearing Protectors

Noisy Planet and our parent organization, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, have created free, shareable resources to explain and demonstrate why, when, and how to wear hearing protectors to help hold on to your hearing for a lifetime.

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How is Sound Measured?

Many factors influence how loud a sound seems. One easily measured factor is sound intensity, or volume, which is measured in decibels. A-weighted decibels, or “dBA,” are often used to describe sound level recommendations for healthy listening.

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