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I wrote a piece last week about the rise in hearing loss among the younger generations. Today, 1 in 5 teens has some form of hearing loss, a statistic about 30% higher than it was in the 80s and 90s. Many experts believe the increased use of headphones is partially to blame, one study even estimating that 70% of children are at an increased risk of hearing loss due to the use of personal listening devices. As long as rules are set and enforced regarding length of listening time and volume setting, there’s no need to get rid of your child’s headphones. In fact, there are headphones on the market today specifically designed with children in mind regarding fit, style, and safety, offering built-in settings that ensure the audio stays at a safe listening level. The following list details just a few of the options available to you (prices are from Amazon.com).
jlab jbuddies headphonesJLab JBuddies Kids Volume Limiting Headphones, $24.93

  • Limits volume to less than 90 dB with built-in volume regulator 
  • Smaller headband fit for ages 2+
  • Hypoallergenic ear cushions
  • Easy-to-use volume knob
  • Multiple colors available, with multiple theme stickers
  • Made of spill-resistant plastic and includes travel pouch for storage

 

 

kidz gear wired headphonesKidz Gear Wired Headphones For Kids, $19.99

  • Features both a built-in volume control knob AND a free independent KidzControl Volume Limit Cable to limit audio to approximately 80% of original max volume (20 dB lower)
  • Light-weight and comfortable fit for children 2+
  • Available in many colors

 

 

 

 

Maxell safe soundz headphonesMaxell Safe Soundz Overear Headphones, $14.21

  • Provides safe volume levels
  • Available in 3 size ranges: 3-5, 6-9, 10-12
  • Available in many colors

aerial7 headphoneAerial7 Headphone, $31.00

  • AVR (automatic volume reduction) technology automatically adjusts the volume to a safe 85 dB in case the volume accidentally gets turned up unexpectedly
  • Available in many designs

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