How loud can an iPhone go (in db)? Health related.

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by HarryPot, Nov 23, 2010.

  1. HarryPot macrumors 6502a

    Sep 5, 2009
    Trying to find how loud is the maximum level in an iPhone in db.

    Most of the times I have it below the middle, even 1/4 of the maximum. But sometimes, specially when running, I do increase the level up to 3/4.

    Me question is because I don't want an irresponsible use of my iPhone to end up causing some hearing loss in the long run.

    So, any ideas? I haven't been able to find anything.
  2. WRIGHTRACING macrumors regular

    Nov 15, 2010
    Don't be such a wuss. Turn it wide open, and enjoy your music. When you get older, you can use the selective hearing to your advantage with the wife...LOL
  3. ItsJustafnPhone, Nov 23, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2010

    ItsJustafnPhone macrumors 6502a

    Jul 26, 2010
    loud enough to damage your hearing if put at 100% for several hours

    hence the volume limit slider in the iPod app settings

    it's called sensorineural hearing loss, it's Also caused by just plain aging ( you lose high frequencies first, hence gramps asking you to speak up sonny)
  4. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    I'm not sure you're going to find a clear answer. "Loudness" is subjective and affected by how much hearing you've lost already, the ambient noise, the level of the recording you're listening to, etc. But that doesn't answer you're question. :)

    So, for a quick and dirty estimate that is probably only slightly more accurate than a dart board, there is a db meter app. Put on a song, fire up the app, and place the earbud against the microphone.

    The image below is when I was sitting on the front row for Toy Story 3. Yikes!

  5. crazytiger86 macrumors 6502

    Aug 30, 2010
    This is awesome.
  6. HarryPot thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 5, 2009
    Thanks for the post. I'll check that app.:)

    And you are right. Finding an answer has been near impossible.

    I'm not in search of a very precise estimate, but a good enough one as to how much hearing loss after X hours of listening to music can certain volume level can cause.
  7. ItsJustafnPhone macrumors 6502a

    Jul 26, 2010
    LOL you definitely are not going to find that answer in an Apple forum, you're going to get a bunch of sideline scientist

    Whenever you have a question like this it's a good idea to search for primary scientific literature such as Pubmed

    I found a couple articles ( you might not have the rights to read them entirely but you should be able to read the abstracts)

    Hearing threshold of Korean adolescents associated with the use of personal music players.

    [Effects of the personal stereo system on hearing in adolescents]


    From my quick browsing of the literature, personal experience anything over 85 db is going to be bad for you hearing, but I assume that anything 65+db and louder for a long period of time will damage your hearing eventually
  8. palmerc2 macrumors 68000


    Feb 29, 2008
    Los Angeles
    once your ears start to hurt its loud enough.....thats the calculations I base my daily listening of music on :eek:
  9. chrisdunst macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2010

    Hi, I'm new to the discussion and found your reply worth appreciation. I myself calculate the speed of the volume on the basis of the audibility power of my ears.:)

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