How Loud is Too Loud?
Sound is measured in decibels. Even after long exposure, sounds of less than 85 decibels are unlikely to cause hearing loss.
As the decibel level goes up, however, the risk of damage increases. At 85 decibels and above, long or repeated exposure can cause hearing loss. The louder the sound, the shorter the time it takes to damage hearing.
5 Things You Can Do To Protect Your Child's Hearing
- Get headphones that limit volume to 85 decibels. It’s not okay for them to go up to 100 decibels. 85 tops.
- Don’t buy earbuds or any in-ear model for children. The closer the sound source is to the delicate working of the inner ear, the more damage loud sound can do. Stick to headphones.
- Make sure the headphones you buy are “noise attenuating.” That means they block out sound from a noisy environment like a cafeteria. If your child uses headphones that do not provide good attenuation, she will want to turn up the volume to compensate for the noise.
- Limit the amount of time your child listens to headphones. This is hard, but worth it. While hearing can be damaged from a single, loud sound, like a bomb going off, hearing loss happens most often when kids listen to loud music for extended periods of time. By all means do not let your kids sleep with earbuds in their ears.
- Take your child to a park [or the beach] and teach him to appreciate the sounds of nature. Bird song, wind in the trees, even silence is beautiful. In our noisy world we don’t hear these sounds enough.
Source: Puro Sound Labs