How loud is the inside of an airplane?
April 26, 2006 11:56 AM Subscribe
How loud are the passenger cabins of commercial airplanes?
posted by werty to Health & Fitness (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I suffer from tinnitus and am careful to avoid exposure to noise that could exacerbate my condition. On my most recent flights (on a Boeing 767) I was more aware than usual of the interior noise, which got me thinking about my safety. Colloquially, I know other people get a ringing in their ears after a flight, which suggests a typical airliner operates at a potentially damaging noise level above 85 decibels.
I already arm myself while in flight with Earplanes and/or noise-canceling headphones. What I'd like to know is how effectively I'm combatting the situation. For example, on an Airbus A320--the one airline my googling turned up results for--the interior cabin runs at 86db; this means that yes, it's a damaging, awareness-necessary level, but my earplugs and headphones should give me sufficient protection.
I'm not having much luck finding a listing of this information. Any clues where I might be able to dig it up? And, if you're in the know, should I be worried about airplane interior noise relative to the ringing in my ears?