Noise levels in everyday life is ever increasing from things such as traffic, radio, TV and appliances. The human ear cannot handle sounds louder than 140 decibels, but gun shots are almost always above 140 decibels.
This infographic shows how common sounds compare to gunshot noise, and options for protecting your hearing when you go shooting. For example, a normal conversation is measured to be approximately 60 decibels, while a shot from a 9mm is approximately 160 decibels.
The information used in this infographic was gathered from sources such as the the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM) and the American Hearing Research Foundation.