dB sound pressure levels are unweighted. dBA levels are “A” weighted according to the weighting curves shown below to approximate the way the human ear hears. For example, a 100 dB level at 100 Hz will be perceived to have a loudness equal to only 80 dB at 1000 Hz. Other weighting scales (C and B) are also shown. The dBA scale is based on a child’s hearing and was originally documented based on actual hearing tests to characterize the human ear’s relative response to noise.
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