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Thursday 24 November 2016

dB Decibel Meter - App Review

According to the US National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD): 'long or repeated exposure to sounds at or above 85 decibels can cause hearing loss. The louder the sound, the shorter the amount of time it takes for NIHL to happen.'.
'Turn it up, I can't hear it...'
'Turn it down, it's too loud...'
... so which is it?
This handy App enables you to take a rather more scientific approach to sound/noise levels.

Now for the ACIDS test:

For those of us who aren't too au fait with noise level measurements, the App can be extremely simple to use.

Simply press the large Start button and the screen will display the current reading, as well as the Maximum and Average values.

There is further tweaking available by low/high (quiet and loud environment) and slow/fast response options.

The App Costs $2.

Unless you are in the business of measuring noise levels (and you'll probably have dedicated, calibrated equipment) then, this is probably a very useful App to be able to 'prove a point'.

In testing, slightly different values were obtained by using different devices. This could, of course, be caused by cases used so, beware (unless you want to bias your results).

Be careful when hitting the Start not to tap it with a nail as that will provide a high reading.

The only way I found to reset the App was to close it completely.

The App needs access to your iOS device's microphone.

ACIDS Test Rating:

The argument between 'Turn it up, I can't hear it...' and 'Turn it down, it's too loud...'... settled by an impartial App

To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.

You can get dB Decibel Meter here and support for the App here.

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