Can Lawn Mowers Damage Your Hearing? Find Out Here

Written By James
Updated March 17, 2022 by James

Can Lawn Mowers Damage Your Hearing? Find Out Here

Could Lawn Mowers Hurt My Hearing?

As summer hits, you might be excited to get the lawn equipment out, but have you considered the negative effects of mowing for your ears? 

Yes, lawn mowers can indeed damage your hearing although many users assume this is unlikely, mowers can produce a noise level of up to 90 dB and 2.5 hours of mowing is enough to allow this mower noise to damage your ears.

To help you understand why mowers are so bad for your ears we've composed a short informational article below which will show the noise level of varying garden tools and how to protect your hearing while using a mower.

How Bad Is Garden Equipment For Your Ears? 

To understand how bad noise can be from your mowers you need to understand the decibel outputs these types of equipment have. 

Any decibel levels above 85 dB are considered dangerous for your ears and you should be wearing hearing protection, a normal conversation is rated at about 60 dB so you can be able to compare.

  • Push mower to gas mower - 90 dB damage in 2.5 hours. 
  • String trimmer - 96 dB damage in 40 minutes. 
  • Chainsaw - 110 dB damage in 1.5 minutes.
  • Pressure washer - 100 dB damage in 15 minutes.
  • Leaf blower - 99 dB damage in 20 minutes.
  • Hedge trimmer - 103 dB damage in 7.5 minutes.

Tips For Protecting Your Hearing When Using a Mower 

Using a mower can cause high exposure to noise over some time, this level of noise can contribute to hearing damage in the long run. 

Luckily, there are some ways to protect yourself when using a mower. 

  • Use electric equipment - Electric and battery-powered equipment is a lot less noisy than equipment with engines and will have lower decibel levels.
  • Take more breaks - Give your ears a break now and then when using a mower to protect your ears, this will prevent them from becoming overexposed to noise, we would suggest taking a break every 30 minutes or so.
  • Limit your exposure - Try not to do too many noisy things on one day to protect your ears, instead limit to one noisy activity per day.
  • Don't listen to music - Listening to music can double expose your ears to high noise levels, plus you can't hear if anything goes wrong with your mower.
  • Keep your ears protected - Earplugs and earmuffs can help as hearing protection while using a mower and protect you against loud noises, earplugs can be very inexpensive costing under £10.

Last Words

To conclude, lawnmowers can damage ears and have a noise level of up to 90 dB, within two and a half hours this could cause some damage to your ears contributing to long term hearing loss.

We would suggest wearing hearing protection and taking breaks when mowing to help reduce any long term damage.

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My father, and his father before him, and his father; for the past 3 generations, my family have always been into gardening. The green fingers is a gift passed down to me and I thoroughly enjoy it! I also have worked in the manufacturing department for Bosch and DeWalt so I like to think I know a thing or two about tools and such!
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