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Different members of the orchestra are exposed to different levels of noise. These figures (taken from various sources) indicate typical noise levels.
|Violin/viola (near left ear)||85-105||116|
|Flute (near right ear)||98-114||118|
|Piccolo (near right ear)||102-118*||126|
|Timpani and bass drum||74-94*||106|
|Percussion (high hat near left ear)||68-94||125|
|Normal piano practice||60-90*||105|
|Chamber music (classical)||70-92*||99|
|Opera Orchestra Pit|
|*at 3 metres|
Note: These representative noise levels are collated from a range of sources. They give an indication of the variety of noise levels and noise peaks that musicians and other workers can receive from the instruments concerned. This information may be helpful with estimating noise exposure and in identifying potential noise 'hot spots'. However, as shown, many of the instruments can exhibit a range of noise levels depending on how loudly they are played, for how long and under what circumstances (eg repertoire, venue, number of instruments concerned). Do not only use this information for a risk assessment but look at Sound Advice Note 3 Noise risk assessment and planning and any other relevant sector Note(s).