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The goal of many fans is to break the world record for the loudest crowd at a sports stadium, which will require them to exceed 136.6 decibels (dB).

3M Donates Ear Plugs for Chiefs' Game

The company is participating to help hometown fans avoid hearing loss during the game, when partisans hope to set a new noise standard.

Watching the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs' home game on Sunday, Oct. 13, at Arrowhead Stadium against the 2-3 Oakland Raiders could be a painful exercise for even its most faithful fans. The goal of many fans is to break the world record for the loudest crowd at a sports stadium, which will require them to exceed 136.6 decibels (dB), according to 3M, which is stepping in to assist.

More than 85 dBA can cause permanent hearing loss and tinnitus, after all.

3M is donating 36,000 sets of ear plugs so fans can have their hearing protected during the game. (Chiefs' games are routinely noisy, so we hope many fans already have ear plugs or muffs for protection, both at home games and during loud activities at home.)

Fans can download 3M's hearing conservation mobile app, which includes a sound level meter that indicates when noise levels may exceed 85 dB. The app is available for iOS and Android users. 3M also donated a 3M™ SoundPro™ Sound Level Meter, which will be used by Guinness World Record representatives to measure decibels during the game.

Arrowhead isn't the only stadium crowd hoping to set this dubious record. The current record for crowd noise, 136.6 decibels, is held by the Seattle Seahawks, also a fearsome team to face in its home stadium, CenturyLink Field, and was set on Sept. 15, 2013. The Kansas City Chiefs, now 5-0, will have volunteers handing out the free ear plugs.

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