The first autism-certified water park opens in Florida, which must be exciting for people with autism and their families. Hope this takes off and more options become available to people who can’t tolerate noise.
Will kids face an epidemic of hearing loss? Sadly yes if the government
continues to ignore the potential auditory damage kids will suffer due to unregulated earbud use.
Protecting children’s hearing requires preventing exposure to loud sound. Start them young with ear muffs, and don’t give in to their pleas for headphones—you can’t monitor the sound volume if you can’t hear it!
85 decibel headphones aren’t safe for children. The UK has recognized the danger of advertising headphones limited to 85 dBA as safe for children’s ears when they are not safe. When will the U.S. do something to protect children’s hearing?
What should you know about headphones for your kids? Just this: children should not use headphones until they are old enough to understand that they can cause hearing loss.
How best to protect your child’s hearing? Avoid noise. If that’s impossible, then make sure they wear hearing protection.