Headphones for Kids
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.
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.
Headphones For Kids and Toddlers
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.
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.
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.
- The threshold of pain is 130 dB
Baby and toddler ear protection
- 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
Volume limiting headphones for kids and teens.
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.
JLabs volume limiting kids headphones
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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