Headphones and earphones are common in our houses. From kids to grandfathers, a day without headphones is unimaginable.
But how many of you are aware of the effects and side effects headphones can make? We have already discussed how earphones affect hearing in adults.
Here we will tell you in detail about some headphone safety tips for kids. If you are planning to gift an earphone to your kid or they are already using one, this will be highly useful for you.
Headphone safety tips for kids
Here we will discuss,
- The things to be considered while purchasing kids headphones
- Kids friendly specs
- Some tips for safe hearing
Even an expensive product from a top brand may not be suitable for kids. But don’t worry, we will help you to find the best for your children.
Things to be Considered before the Buy
For purchasing earphones, we have a number of choices such as type of headphones, connectivity, dust/ splash/ scratch resistance, noise isolation features, etc. But how many are really interested in the amount of sound it produces or material of construction than the shear comfort?
The answer will be too small or sometimes ZERO!
Dedicated Kids Headphones
First of all, you have to understand that normal headphones (headphones for adults) are not suitable for your junior. You must give kids headphones with kids-friendly features.
Many companies have a separate unit for producing trusted and high-quality headphones for kids. You should also confirm that the “kids-Friendly” is not just clickbait.
Kids Friendly Specs
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) standards, 85dB is the safe zone for kids for 8 hours. Within this limit, everything will be safe.
But, the majority of the headphones come with more than 100dB upper sound limit. Evidently, that is far beyond the acceptable limit of a kid’s ears and can cause immediate problems.
The change can vary from small irritation and tinnitus to hearing impairment. Then what is the solution?
Here comes the headphones exclusively for kids with volume limiting features. Many headphones are available with this feature, usually at 85 dB. If the limiting volume is around 90 dB, take mandatory breaks after every one hour.
Can You Always Believe this Volume-Limiting technology?
Unfortunately no. In our experiments, nearly one-third of the headphones failed to meet this value, which means some headphones claimed with 85 dB theory produced more than that at maximum volume.
So we highly recommend parents to closely monitor the usage and encourage them to keep the safe volume level. Also, ask them to take breaks.
Which is better for kids, in-ear or over-ear?
Our preference is over-ear headphones. They offer better freedom, and kids’ ears will be more relaxed while using them. The sound does not fall directly into the inner ear.
In in-ear earphones, the impact will be higher. Even a slight increase in sound affects their ears. The ear wax will also be a problem.
Tips for Safe Hearing for Kids
- Type of Kid’s headphones should be over-ear type.
- Use headphones with good noise isolation technology. This prevents external noise from entering the ear and helps kids listen to the audio at a lower volume level.
- Do not let them use your headphone. It may cause infections.
- Your headphone is your private property. If you have two kids, purchase two headphones. Never share! Do not exchange headphones with friends or even between siblings.
- Clean earcups and headband with clean cotton once in two or three days
- Dry them under the shadow at least once in a weak
Test at Home
Here we have a trick for you to check whether your kid’s headphone is within the safe limit. First, go near (not too close) your kid who is using a headphone. Then talk to him in a normal voice. If he can hear, then ok, the sound is safe. If not, ask him to turn down the volume a little bit. If he has been listening at that sound for a long time, ask him to take a break for few minutes.
Normal headphones with high-frequency response, sound level, and bass are not suitable for kids. They need a special one. Here we have discussed some headphone safety tips for kids.
Since the sensory parts of kids are too sensitive, dedicated kids’ earphones are mandatory.
We hope this article helps you to find a perfect one for your junior.
Sanil VS is a Chemical Engineer by Profession and he loves to write and review gadgets on his free times.