When you have children, at some point they will ask you to buy them headphones that they can use with their computers, games and music players. Headphones are able to greatly increase kid’s use of these learning and entertainment media, but there are some features you should look for when shopping for these headphones.
The first is the right fit. Most headphones are meant for adult-sized heads. They don’t fit correctly on a child’s smaller head. Children may also end up damaging headphones that are too large for them by repeatedly repositioning or adjusting them. A number of children’s headphones include flexible headbands that make the initial fitting easier, and which permit refitting as the child grows up.
Sound Limiting Technology is the most important feature to look for. Kids will want to crank the sound up as high as they possibly can, to a volume that could quickly damage their ears and result in long term hearing loss. Your choice of headphones should be limited to those headphones that do not permit excessive volumes, and which come with predetermined boundaries so that they can’t surpass a volume of 80 to 85 decibels. The decibel limit suggestion is applicable to both over-the-ear headphones and ear buds, although it is quite possibly more vital for the ear buds which are placed inside ears.
One additional factors that parents need to watch out for is durability, because some headphones can be too fragile for use by young kids. You can locate specifics about headphones that have an established track record for durability by consulting parents’ magazines or consumer guides. Occasionally you will need to sacrifice a small amount of durability to get a lighter weight option. Some headphones are too heavy for children’s heads no matter how many additional good features they have.
No matter which style of headphones you go with, try to restrict your children’s use of them to just a couple hours daily. Keep in mind noise-induced hearing loss is caused by both the decibel level and length of the sound exposure. Even with the Sound Limiting Technology, too many hours wearing headphones can cause ear damage.