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B Calculate maximum safe volume for headphones

  1. Oct 25, 2016 #1
    I remember doing a physics problem over 30 years ago but I can't remember enough to do it again. The only reason I remember it is that it seemed like it would be so useful when I had teenage kids. Funny how the brain works sometimes. Got teenagers now. We were working on acoustics. If I remembered correctly the problem used the threshold of hearing and distance. The idea was to calculate the distance to stand away from headphones playing music such that if the volume at that distance was just at the threshold of your hearing than the volume would be safe if you put the headphones in you ears at that volume. I'm sure there are all sorts of assumptions and problems with so simple of a model but I would like to know how to do it anyway. Anyone know the answer?
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  3. Oct 25, 2016 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    Welcome to PF;
    There is no one answer.
    The calculation depends on frequency as well ... but there is a "loudness scale" and tables on power ratings (in decibels) and their effect on human hearing apparatus, all for the googling.
    The start is to define what you mean by "safe".
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    This thread may need to get moved to the Medical forum, but we'll leave it here for now...
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