The noise thermometer shows the hazards of common occupational and off-the-job noise exposures.

Some of the most familiar sounds of season – sporting events (117 dB), rock concerts (120 dB), motorcycles (105 dB), chainsaws (118 dB), lawnmowers (94 dB) and power tools (93 dB) – can generate as much (or even more) noise than the typical workplace, where an array of regulations and hearing protection devices help workers avoid noise-induced hearing loss.