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Headphones for Kids

Updated on May 31, 2014

Safe headphones for the young ones.

There are not many headphones for kids for sale that are designed specifically with volume protection in mind. I think this is pretty strange since kids have small and delicate ears and exposing them to loud sound can create lifelong hearing disorders such as tinnitus or hearing-loss.

The thing is, children often know no limits and will pump up the volume as high as it will go. And, accidents happen. All it takes is one wrong push of a volume button and the sound spike may leave lasting damage to your child's hearing ability.

Long exposure to loud sound will inevitably do some form of damage.

As a parent, it is up to you to see that your kid has headphones made for children, preferably with explicit volume limiting capability. Toddlers and kids up to teens should always use volume limiting child headsets.

Here is a shortlist of kids headphones while most are volume limiting, some go above recommended levels so choose type depending on you kid's age.

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Headphones For Kids and Toddlers

Kidz Gear Wired Headphones For Kids - Gray
Kidz Gear Wired Headphones For Kids - Gray

This is the bestselling headset for kids. Also available in many different colors.

These headphones are a good example of how to make usable gear while maintaining a high level of security since the highest volume level is well within the safe range.


Volume Limiting Headphones for Kids

Once your kids ears are damaged - it's final.

Child ears are small and sensitive. At the same time, kids like to listen to music just as much as we do. The problem is.. most headphones can pump out excessive volume that can easily damage the ears of your child and lead to lifelong Tinnitus and related hearing loss problems.

Kids also often have ear infections which make them even more sensitive to scarring from loud sounds. I would never allow my children to listen to music, learning games or any other type of audio without a headset designed for kids with volume limiting functionality.

Volume limiting headphones normally go no higher than 80 - 85 decibels, whereas normal headphones can take it up to hazardous levels (+90db).

Bluetooth headphones for children - Cool, high quality.. but no volume limiting?

This children's bluetooth headset is designed for ages 3 - 10. Be aware though that the maximum volume level on this headset overshoots the safe limits by quite a bit. If you purchase them, make sure you activate volume limiting on the device you are pairing it with.

LilGadgets Untangled Pro Premium Children's/Kid's Wireless Bluetooth Headphones with SharePort (Black)
LilGadgets Untangled Pro Premium Children's/Kid's Wireless Bluetooth Headphones with SharePort (Black)

These wireless headphones offer excellent specs in a smaller package suited for school age kids. 10 hour battery time on a charge, USB charging and bluetooth connectivity. A bit too loud for toddlers though.


Hearing Fact Sheet

Protect small ears from permanent damage

The Human ear is a extremely complicated organ. Hearing damage can occur in many regions of the organ. SMall hairs, called follicles, damage easily and can lead to permanent hearing loss.

Sound pressure levels are measured in decibels. A volume limiting headphones normally limits sound to about 80db. Normal headphones may go to 120db.

Baby and toddler ear protection

- The threshold of pain is 130 dB

- Hearing damage may occur from exposure to 120db

- A jack hammer at 3 feet is about 100db

- Hearing damage may occur from often exposure to 85db. This is about the same level as if you are standing 12 yards from a busy roadway.

- 2.5 times as many youngsters nowadays have hearing damage compared to that of when their grandparents were young

- 50 million individuals in USA will suffer from impaired hearing by 2050


Wikipedia about sound levels

Wikipedia about hearing damage in young people

Volume limiting headphones for kids and teens.

Volume limiting headphone for teens
Volume limiting headphone for teens

DB Logic has recently launched these over-the-ear headphones that are volume limited to 85 decibels but still have a frequency range of 20Hz-20kHz. These very db-logic HP-100 headphones are good looking, come in several colors and offer full sound spectrum, delivering rich bass and clear treble within safe volume levels. If you are looking for stylish and affordable headphones for young teens, you won't go wrong with these.

The Danger of Ambient Noise

Our kids and teens live in a noisy world. A urban environment contains so many audible and subliminal noises that stress the auditory system. Most kids know no limits and to block out the ambient noise, children tend to pump up the volume as high as it will go. Older kids may have better headsets but the danger here is even higher because quality headsets with hi-fi rendition can pump out a lot of ultra low and high frequency very close to the ear.

By using a noise cancelling headphone, there is no need to crank the volume level to max because the ambient noise has been reduced, letting the music come through with ease.

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JLabs volume limiting kids headphones

JLab Audio JBuddies Kids- Volume Limiting Headphones, GUARANTEED FOR LIFE - Blue
JLab Audio JBuddies Kids- Volume Limiting Headphones, GUARANTEED FOR LIFE - Blue

If you are getting a pair of headphones for your kids, you must make sure that it is a volume limiting set that protects your kid's ears by keeping the volume max at about 80db. This is especially true with headphones for toddlers.


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      4 years ago

      @anonymous: Amazon has some if you search Bluetooth headphones for kids. I've had trouble finding them anywhere else.

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      4 years ago

      Been looking for some kid-friendly headphones, thanks for the info!

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      4 years ago

      Thanks for the recommendations!

    • LouisaDembul profile image


      5 years ago

      Volume control is important when choosing headphones for kids, I think.

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      5 years ago

      I have been searching and searching for bluetooth headphones for my K-2 classroom and they don't seem to exist for kids. Can anyone help with this?

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      5 years ago

      Are there any Bluetooth headphones out there for kids????

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      Mary Norton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I think this is such an important thing to consider in today's age. Good of you to do this lens.

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      Liz Mackay 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      All parent should see that kids have these,

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      6 years ago

      just coming back for another look at your fantastic ideas for kids headphones. I really need to buy some for my little boy for Christmas.

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      6 years ago

      Fabulous lens! I agree with special headphones for kids. And great you included information about the workings of the ear and how to protect them!

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      Paula Morgan 

      6 years ago from Sydney Australia

      What a brilliant idea.. I did not know these existed.

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      Mark Falco 

      6 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      A volume limiter sounds like an essential part of any child's headphones. I didn't know they made these but I'll be passing the information along to my daughter in law.

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      6 years ago

      I love the idea of using volume controlled headphones - and not just for kids!

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      darciefrench lm 

      6 years ago

      Brilliant idea to have volume controlled headphones for kids, thanks for sharing

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      6 years ago

      I agree, kids can often tend to pump up the volume either to block noise, or because they think it is cool. I really like the idea of headphones that are designed for safety. I'll bet that the long term benefits of this far outweigh any costs in the initial purchase. Once your hearing has been damaged, it is hard to go back!

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      6 years ago

      Very good resource!


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