Be Careful About Letting Children Use Headphones

Posted: Dec 6 2016, 5:55pm CST | by , in News | Technology News

 
Be Careful About Letting Children Use Headphones
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Some headphones that are marketed for use by children might not be good enough for young ears, according to a new report that was published today by The Wirecutter.

The group tried out 30 different headphones for children and measured them for style, fit, and safety.

“There's no governing board that oversees this,” Lauren Dragan, the Headphone Editor at The Wirecutter, said in an interview. Headphones for children limit volume to about 85 decibels, which is the maximum that is safe for children, according to the World Health Organization.

The report gave a high rating to the Puro BT2200, Bluetooth wireless headphones because they met the "volume-limiting test standards" and were comfortable enough for kids of all ages.

The lowest? A pair of wired headphones from Kidz Gear.

Dragan claimed that the volume limiter was too easy to remove and that the audio level could easily go up to 110 decibels.

Of course, they also note that it is up to parents to monitor whether or not children have too much noise exposure.

"A limiting circuit alone doesn’t make for safe listening," the report states.

Kidz Gear told ABC News that in over 15 years they have “never had a customer complaint on using a limiter when needed.”

"Parents and children alike love the fact that the headphones can be happily used in any sound environment," the statement read. "We believe when a volume limiter is used, safe sound is achieved and any issues with volume is a user or configuration issue."

The Wirecutter said that 1 in 5 teens have some sort of hearing loss, and it could be because of headphones.

“I’ve seen kids as young as seven who’ve had noise-induced hearing loss,” Dr. Scott Rickert, an otolaryngologist at NYU Langone Medical Center, told ABC News. “They’re listening to their headphones at full blast.”

"We’re really talking about listening to a rock concert on a daily basis,” Rickert added.

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