Posted on: 3 November 2014
The winter months mean long amounts of time spent indoors with your family, including your kids. Summertime months mean the kids are home more often. Teens are noisy by nature even when they are in the relative quiet of their home. No matter what time of year you spend extended periods closed up indoors with teenagers, they can get on your last nerve.
Is there anything that can block out all the noise they enjoy and you don't like?
Decibel Levels of Teenager's Activities
Activities that children enjoy such as video games, music, and television can damage their hearing and damage your nerves. Doctors recommend that people wear ear protection when they will be exposed to loud noise.
For example, for sounds that exceed 85 decibels, earplugs should be worn when exposed for eight hours or more. As the decibels increase, the time it takes to damage hearing decreases. For sounds at 100 decibels, it may only take as little as 15 minutes for permanent hearing damage to occur.
Some of the decibel ranges of teenage favorite pastimes are:
- Typical Normal Conversation: 60 decibels
- Listening to Music and Able to Hear Conversation: 85 decibels
- MP3 Player: Up to 115 decibels
- Car Stereo: Up to 154 decibels
- Video Games: Up to 110 decibels
When directly exposed at these decibels, these sounds are damaging to their ears and yours over time. And, they can be even more damaging to your patience and nerves in a shorter amount of time.
Blocking the Sounds With Insulation
Kids and adults of all ages should wear hearing protection when loud sounds cannot be avoided. And, when volume can be adjusted, the sound should be maintained at a level where a normal conversation can carry on over the noise.
However, in homes with inadequate insulation, the sounds from other areas of the home can travel where they are unwanted even when the sound is turned down to a reasonable level. The sounds may not be loud enough to be harmful to your hearing, but they may be loud enough to damage your relationship with your noisy teenager! Better home insulation may be the solution to avoiding these conflicts with your teenager.
By using quality products in the walls of your home, such as high-density spray foam insulation, you can limit and reduce sounds that travel between rooms. This will keep the excessive noise from your teenager's activities out of the rooms you frequent. For more help, contact a company like Anta Sprayfoam if you have any questions or concerns.Share