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A ten-year exposure to the sound of a riveting machine will cause your threshhold of hearing to shift from 0 dB to 30 dB. What is the sound intensity corresponding to 30 dB? The normal lowest detectable intensity is 1.0 X 10 -12 W/m squared.

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