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.
Hospital noise reduces children’s sleep time and that’s a real problem. Whether at the hospital or at home, uninterrupted sleep is important for good health.
Parents and grandparents must think about ear protection for babies and toddlers. The best protection is teaching the children in your family learn to avoid loud sound.