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30 Jul 2007

Decibles: Yapping St Bernard
When does what size decible count constitute bothersome when 2 St. Barnards are yapping at say 01:00 in the morning? What level / decibles are then deemed intrusive when asleep, keeping personal thresholds in mind?
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01 Jan 0001

Well, if the sound irritates you or disturbs your sleep, then it's intrusive! It's difficult to decide on a decibel figure for this, because it's quite subjective. It is generally agreed that a noise that keeps you from sleep in the middle of the night - yapping dogs are one of the commonest causes - are grounds to complain to the authorities. Barking dogs - depending on the breed and how far away from them you are - produce sound in the region of 50-70* decibels. That isn't enough to harm your ears, but it's enough to raise stress levels and disturb sleep if it persists.

*In some contexts, e.g. in an animal shelter, you'd get higher levels.
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