How Loud Is Too Loud?


How to tell if your music is too loud. A rock concert or playing Iggy Pop CD’s in your living room (Yeah!) is between 110 dB and 120 dB, and can be as high as 140 dB in front of the speakers. Experts suggest keeping your music at 60 decibels (Say what?); others go as high as 80. Either way, they suggest limiting exposure to around 60 minutes at one time. I’m so sorry, Mr. Bowie, for playing Iggy Pop at maximum volume… I will get a real dB meter app for the iPhone. I should have known better, struggling with tinnitus for decades.

Just for the record: I was opening Mr. Bowie’s treat container, not playing loud music. But I have a soft spot for Iggy Pop.

61 responses

  1. Nothing against Iggy but I am outnumbered by felines so we listen to Tibetan singing bowls, Japanese koto, and Bach. When doing housework I am allowed to play rock so I will get done faster and return to my normal duties of brushing, petting, can opening and treat fetching. I will say Coldplay is on the approved list, however.

    • We play a lot of classical music; Debussy, Satie, Mozart, Barber, Bach etc. And when we’re in the mood a lot of jazz. If Mr. Bowie is outside, I can play rock music! 😉

  2. I don’t even play Beethoven very loud. I’m the grumpy lady who calls the cops when she can hear her neighbors’ party music. But Mr. Ferguson always sits on the stereo in a prim meat loaf, so he approves of my classical station.

  3. I’m surprised I don’t have hearing issues considering I spent many days and nights in front of loud speakers at rock concerts. Mr. Bowie’s ear is quite cute by the way. 🙂

    • Mr. Bowie doesn’t care what kind of music I play. But he doesn’t like Sci-fi movies. And WW2 movies. Guess too many strange noises and explosions for his ears… 😉

      PS: I fully agree on your master treats thoughts…

  4. I would much rather whisper lovely secrets in those perfect widdle ears than loud music. Loud music is like a tooth ache, unless of course it’s something I put on 😉 It’s almost an epidemic here in Canada. The music is cranked up in some restaraunts too. So we patronize only nice quiet places where we can enjoy each others company and the food. Maybe some people don’t mind because they forget how to have a real conversation, but I’m a chatter bug. xo

    • I hear you, Boomdee! I stay out of loud places too, due to my tinnitus problem.
      Mr. Bowie doesn’t appreciate turning up the volume of the home cinema system, especially when I’m watching Sci-fi movies. Scottie, you can beam Mr. Bowie up…

  5. Gee, I’ve gone wrong somewhere. My cats rule and it is classical 24/7 here. I put on one of MY fav stations or music to dance along with doing chores or what not and OH do I get the evil eye or the tail flip that in cat language means “up yours”. *sigh* Mr. Bowie, my cats are just plain spoiled. Darn it! Love, Mom BonZo

  6. Thanks for the tip on the iphone dB app…I’ve always wanted to know how loud purr of the twin cats under the floor of the boat is…I bet it’s over 60! What ever it is, the music is louder or they can’t hear it 😉

  7. Simon likes some of my music–some he doesn’t. I can’t hear out of one ear and have tinnitus (it’s like 1000 people in my head screaming at the top of their lungs) due to the AVM in my brain so I play music a little loud but break out the earbuds at times so he doesn’t have to endure stuff he doesn’t like. 🙂 The can opener can be more exciting than any band to a cat. 😀

    • Sorry to read about your tinnitus problem, I know what it’s all about…
      Ha ha… the can opener, yeah right! Cats love that device for sure!

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