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Is The Noise Level Of Your Kids Toys Putting Them At Risk?

Updated on January 15, 2010

Fun - Quiet Toys!

As parents, it is our sole responsibility to stay informed regarding what is best for our children. More often than not, much emphasis is placed on what we allow our children to physically and mentally take in, all the while, determining how it will affect their overall well-being.

The same dedication and vigilance should be applied to something as simple as purchasing a toy for our children.

* The Louder, The Better?

Ironically, before becoming a mother myself, I frequently purchased toys for my nieces and nephew. The louder the toy, the better - or so I thought.

Little did I know, lay a hidden danger to purchasing said objects - Toys that were too loud!

True, toys should be entertaining, educational, and aids in vital milestone development, but never did it enter into my mind that a toy could be so loud; that as a Health Watch televised program put it; "they could bring about permanent hearing loss in your children!"

"There are no restrictions or regulations on just how loud a toy should safely be" so continued the program.

To further prove this theory, one scientist proceeded to perform a series of test, measuring the loudness of several toys placed before him.

Unnerving was the fact that, the majority of the toys present, presented noise levels that far exceeded what is considered a safe decibel!

* What We As Parents Should Do.

With these alarming facts in hand, what should we as parents do to protect the delicate hearing of our children?

Simple - before purchasing any toys that come equipped with sound, put it to the ultimate test.

Place the toy to your own ear. If it's too loud for you, then It's too loud for child.

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    • Veronica Allen profile image

      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      You know ListLady, I never thought about the noise level of toys until I had my two. It is really something to think about. Thanks for stopping by.

    • TheListLady profile image

      TheListLady 7 years ago from New York City

      You've raised an excellent point here. Our children often suffer from hearing problems and we don't even know it. And toys like those noisy battery operated airplanes and trucks - and all played with in a contained space - yikes! And now those noisy computer games. What happened to peace and quiet anyway?

      Great hub! Thanks a lot!