We all know that humans can tolerate lower frequencies at high volumes better than higher frequencies. In fact, for particularly low frequencies, high SPL is needed just for it to be audible.
What’s the difference between low and high frequencies for the ear?
If the decibels are equal, does low frequency sound cause the same amount of total hearing damage as other frequencies? If not, how much less damage does it cause? What is the maximum safe threshold for lower frequencies?
By low frequency, I am referring to the range of 16-100Hz, which is the range of most commercial subwoofers.
I am aware of people with 150db+ car audio systems, who are not deaf or hearing impaired. With regular sound, this would be as loud as a gunshot and constant exposure will surely cause significant damage. Many people in those communities seem to think bass is safe at loud volumes. However, I have not found any research to support or counter this argument.
This is different from https://health.stackexchange.com/questions/10132 because I am specifically asking the difference in hearing damage of frequencies. I am aware that high frequency damages high frequency hearing and so on, but surely, it will also damage other frequencies of hearing and the rate of damage is different. It also does not account other types of hearing damage such as tinnitus. The answer to the other question does not contain scientific sources either.