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but how many deciples would it take?
Noise-induced - prolonged exposure to loud noises (>90 dB) causes hearing loss which begins at 4000Hz (high frequency). The normal hearing range is from 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz.
I used a sound level meter to measure the levels from several of my student's personal sound systems.Many of them were well above 85dB. They would be exposed to this level for hours and hours every day; not funny. The sad thing is that, to get the same subjective effect, they are probably jacking up the level on a regular basis - compounding the problem.
... but how loud is average sax playing?
Given the original question which includes the phrase "while im playing my sax" I think a reasonable point of view would be to get an estimate of the sound level at the player's ears.For most occasions this will be a "worst case" estimate. Few people are closer to the sax than the player and, given the amount of practice needed, few are there for as long a time as the player.You might want to work through this and see if it answers the question.http://www.duke.edu/~jak21/physics.htmlCertainly it indicates that the sound levels experienced by band players are high enough to damage hearing.Incidentally, a piece of string is twice as long as from the middle to one end.
also, asume i was playing the piccolo, which is a very high pitched instrument, if i played that at a piano, quiet, and a played the sax whcih is a much lower pitched instrument, at a louder dynamic sign, playing the highest note on piccolo, and lowest on sax, which would hurt my ears most?
This "I don't think that is actually quite so. Yes, we can judge the distance from the reed to the horn, but most musical instruments are designed to project sound forward from the instruments, so standing 2ft in front of the instrument can be far more damaging than standing 2ft behind the instrument (although this is where the size of the room, and the reflectivity of the surfaces within the room, are also important factors)." is certainly true, but I think it will be overruled by the long time that musicians spend practicing compared to the short time their audience spend listening. Perhaps music teachers have some of the worst exposure.