How to Protect a Child’s Hearing

Children who listen to MP3 players may not recognize how loud the music is: as hair cells become damaged in the inner ear, children may become used to the volume level and begin increasing the decibels. Most MP3 players have a volume limiting application build into the software.

Apple iPods and iPhones, for example, have a setting which allows users to set a maximum volume limit. Simply go to the settings menu and set the volume limit. iPod Shuffles must be connected to iTunes to adjust the volume limit: simply go to settings, then select limit maximum volume. Adjust the slider bar to lock in the maximum allowable volume. Limit your childs use of ear buds and headphones to less than 4 hours per day: the longer a child listens to noise, the greater the likelihood of hearing damage.

Purchase toys without sound, or toys with acceptable volume limits. There are several dB meter apps for tablet computers and smart phones. Use this app to determine how loud a toy is: if it is uncomfortably loud when held up to your ear, it will damage your childs hearing.

Children exposed to continuous loud noise (such as rock concerts, shooting ranges, or lawnmowers) should wear hearing protection. Over-the-ear Kids Headphones headphones or foam insert earplugs are Kids Headphones available at drug stores or online. This is the easiest way to prevent hearing damage in young children!

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