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(Huffington Post UK)   Can high-speed hand dryers in public restrooms cause hearing loss? Hint: everybody panic   (huffingtonpost.co.uk) divider line 55
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2013-08-01 04:30:37 PM
I wondered that too, so I used a sound level meter to test them myself.  They measured out to be in the range of 105-109dB-A.  OSHA guidelines state that if you're exposed to 110 dB continuously for greater than 30 minutes, you must wear hearing protection.

So, unless you're a washroom attendant or OCD about washing your hands, you probably have greater dangers to worry about.
 
2013-08-01 04:35:00 PM
You're not supposed to stick your head in them.
 
2013-08-01 04:36:48 PM
Those Dyson dryers are really loud. They make my ears ring louder than normal.

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2013-08-01 04:38:24 PM
WHAT?
 
2013-08-01 04:46:26 PM
I'm a "wipe-on-pants" guy. Not my problem!
 
2013-08-01 04:46:44 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: WHAT?


*shakes tiny fist*
 
2013-08-01 04:48:28 PM
www.motivators.com
 
2013-08-01 05:13:20 PM
Yet more reason to stop using such echoy wall and floor tiles, a bathroom is exactly the WRONG place to build with that kind of stuff. I have never wanted to hear 5 other guys grunting out a whole tribe of hairy ass-babies.

/what do you mean?
//"shiat in the carpets" what?
///"piss soaked into the drywall" what?
 
NFA [TotalFark]
2013-08-01 05:18:12 PM
These are pure awesome

facilitymanagement.com
 
2013-08-01 05:21:10 PM

Rand's lacy underwear: Yet more reason to stop using such echoy wall and floor tiles, a bathroom is exactly the WRONG place to build with that kind of stuff. I have never wanted to hear 5 other guys grunting out a whole tribe of hairy ass-babies.

/what do you mean?
//"shiat in the carpets" what?
///"piss soaked into the drywall" what?


They use the tile & such because it's easier to keep clean.
 
2013-08-01 05:28:07 PM
s2.buzzfeed.com
 
2013-08-01 05:45:17 PM

Bathia_Mapes: They use the tile & such because it's easier to keep clean.


Maybe I didn't quite the funny I thought.
 
2013-08-01 08:08:43 PM

NFA: These are pure awesome

[facilitymanagement.com image 600x600]


These too

i1214.photobucket.com

My workplace has one restroom with this, and one with an old hand dryer.  I'm ready to pay for another one of these myself.
 
2013-08-01 08:21:15 PM
any long exposure to high piched motors will cause hearing loss #department of obvious
 
2013-08-01 08:22:36 PM
Might want to mark this one NSFW for their breastfeeding picture on the right
 
2013-08-01 08:24:48 PM
Studies have shown that blown air hand dryers are far less sanitary than paper towels.
 
2013-08-01 08:25:24 PM
the new models of hand dryers

Assume your readership has both seen and is thinking of the same models that you are. Journalism fail.
 
2013-08-01 08:26:09 PM
Oh, yeah. It's HuffPo. Nevermind.
 
2013-08-01 08:26:31 PM
HIGH SPEED SAND FRYERS, YOU SAY???
 
2013-08-01 08:31:29 PM
This was debunked on Mythbusters.
 
2013-08-01 08:31:43 PM

rooftop235: Those Dyson dryers are really loud. They make my ears ring louder than normal.

[encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com image 158x260]


They blow as softly as a cloud.
 
2013-08-01 08:31:57 PM
We have paper towels. They're great for grabbing the bathroom door on your way out.
 
2013-08-01 08:32:20 PM
From Huffpo UK? Oh dear, I thought that HuffPo was a particularly American problem. I hope they follow the SUN and go all paywally on us all.
 
2013-08-01 08:32:44 PM
Ah yes, hand dryers.  Because people always want another reason to spend more time in a smelly dirty public rest room.
 
2013-08-01 08:37:29 PM

Creoena: Might want to mark this one NSFW for their breastfeeding picture on the right


Oh please.
 
2013-08-01 08:42:54 PM
Huffington Post, on matters of health, is as bad as Fox News is on matters of politics.

So, yea.... maybe they do, maybe they don't, but I'm not about to give a shiat until it shows up somewhere a lot more credible than Huffington Post.
 
2013-08-01 08:45:58 PM
If you are around loud sounds. Just snap your fingers and if you can hear the snap the noise will not harm you.
Or you can just clap your hands.
 
2013-08-01 08:48:23 PM

Deep Contact: If you are around loud sounds. Just snap your fingers and if you can hear the snap the noise will not harm you.
Or you can just clap your hands.


And it saves any fairies around you in the bathroom.
 
2013-08-01 08:49:33 PM

NFA: These are pure awesome

[facilitymanagement.com image 600x600]


The Xlerators are awesome.  The AirBlades are horrible and injurious.  I used an AirBlade once and didn't realize I had a small cut on my hand.  The result was that the air blew into the cut and inflated my skin into a giant bubble like a burn blister.  What a crock of shiat.
 
2013-08-01 08:57:29 PM
fark that I just grab a handfull of ass gaskets and wipe my hands like an American.
 
2013-08-01 09:00:04 PM
I'd be less worried about the hand dryers, and more worried about the powered toilets that flush with the force of a hurricane. I'm never expecting them, and they scare the hell out of me just about every time.
 
2013-08-01 09:02:42 PM
I was using one of those air dryers today, longing for the old days where the instructions would be scratched over to say "Press BUTT"  "Wipe hands on pants"
 
2013-08-01 09:03:09 PM
Obligatory.

farm6.staticflickr.com
 
2013-08-01 09:07:16 PM

Fano: rooftop235: Those Dyson dryers are really loud. They make my ears ring louder than normal.

[encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com image 158x260]

They blow as softly as a cloud.


Is there a chance the mechanism could bend?

/The Dyson one is really cool, IMHO
 
2013-08-01 09:15:15 PM

rooftop235: Those Dyson dryers are really loud. They make my ears ring louder than normal.


I can't remember if I used one of these at Universal or Disneyworld this summer, but I was highly impressed. First time I've ever had my hands actually DRIED by a hand dryer, in seconds.
 
2013-08-01 09:21:09 PM
They just blow farts all over your hands.

Molecules of shiat from the fat guy's ass, that would normally adhere to the walls of the stall, and stink for 20 minutes, instead will get sucked by the fan onto your hands.
 
2013-08-01 09:29:53 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: NFA: These are pure awesome

[facilitymanagement.com image 600x600]

These too

[i1214.photobucket.com image 279x310]

My workplace has one restroom with this, and one with an old hand dryer.  I'm ready to pay for another one of these myself.


I love the BluStorm ones better than the XCELERATOR; due to the fact that it gives you a blue led light that helps you know where the wind is going to hit your hands at and the blast of air isn't as compressed, which is quieter than the XCELs.
 
2013-08-01 09:41:12 PM

Ensayia: I'd be less worried about the hand dryers, and more worried about the powered toilets that flush with the force of a hurricane. I'm never expecting them, and they scare the hell out of me just about every time.


So much THIS. I used to work at a farking medical center, and the toilets would aerosolize their contents vigorously whenever they flushed. At my current workplace, it's even worse -- there are brown streaks down the walls of the stalls. I've had to perfect my technique of triggering the handle with my foot, and then diving out of the stall before the launcher builds to full force.

My God, I've just realized that this pisses me off more than the deafening blowdryers. I didn't think that was possible. When in hell did we decide that conserving a few twigs or a few quarts of water outweighed public health? And when will we go back to the ultimate conservation tool, the chamber pot and open sewer?
 
2013-08-01 09:44:37 PM
The real problem is that designers like everything to be square.

I noticed that the shower room at my gym has one wall kicked back about 10 degrees. It took me a while to realize the angle was intentional, and there were a few other things out of square. In a room full of tile it's just a matter of not having squared walls to diminish noise.

Oh, and I get a chuckle when I step into a high class restroom and they have a hot air dryer. The mens room cost $75k to outfit. The food's $20+ a plate. And this cheap ass noise maker ruins the elegance of the whole outfit, just to save a few bucks on paper towels.
 
2013-08-01 10:24:15 PM

wildcardjack: The real problem is that designers like everything to be square.

I noticed that the shower room at my gym has one wall kicked back about 10 degrees. It took me a while to realize the angle was intentional, and there were a few other things out of square. In a room full of tile it's just a matter of not having squared walls to diminish noise.

Oh, and I get a chuckle when I step into a high class restroom and they have a hot air dryer. The mens room cost $75k to outfit. The food's $20+ a plate. And this cheap ass noise maker ruins the elegance of the whole outfit, just to save a few bucks on paper towels.


In India they had a guy in the bathroom to hand you a towel to dry your hands.
 
2013-08-01 10:41:15 PM
I was in Target the other day and they only had those air dryers, which I hate.  So I held my hands up like I was Hawkeye Pierce going into surgery, shouldered the door open and walked over to the bath towel section.  Problem solved.
 
2013-08-01 10:42:02 PM
Dusty's old blog, "The Pork Tornado," nailed this about eight years ago:

http://salamitsunami.com/archives/25
 
2013-08-01 10:43:47 PM

Deep Contact: If you are around loud sounds. Just snap your fingers and if you can hear the snap the noise will not harm you.
Or you can just clap your hands.


"Ev-ry-bod-y clap-yo-hands!"

Cha-Cha Shuffle as audiology law.
 
2013-08-01 11:14:55 PM
How much time can one spend in a public restroom drying one's hands?
 
2013-08-01 11:14:55 PM

ManateeGag: MaudlinMutantMollusk: WHAT?

*shakes tiny fist*


*shakes tinier fists*
 
2013-08-01 11:17:24 PM

IronTom: wildcardjack: The real problem is that designers like everything to be square.

I noticed that the shower room at my gym has one wall kicked back about 10 degrees. It took me a while to realize the angle was intentional, and there were a few other things out of square. In a room full of tile it's just a matter of not having squared walls to diminish noise.

Oh, and I get a chuckle when I step into a high class restroom and they have a hot air dryer. The mens room cost $75k to outfit. The food's $20+ a plate. And this cheap ass noise maker ruins the elegance of the whole outfit, just to save a few bucks on paper towels.

In India they had a guy in the bathroom to hand you a towel to dry your hands.


Was it this guy?:

schizofragmendentities.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-08-01 11:36:36 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: WHAT?


Appropriate reply should have been Boobies.
 
2013-08-02 12:27:11 AM

Gyrfalcon: How much time can one spend in a public restroom


Well, that depends. Is one a Republican?
 
2013-08-02 01:52:08 AM

dj_bigbird: [www.motivators.com image 559x619]


I'm a libby-lib lib'rul and I think that's pretty funny right there. Clever and not heinously insulting.
 
2013-08-02 07:14:06 AM
whilst people who are blind or have impaired vision can experience greater difficulty in navigation.

What are they, farking bats? Does it interfere with their echolocation?
 
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