I have 5 kids and all but the youngest have tablets (or phones for the oldest ones). Each tablet has fun games, and music that they love to sing and dance too. Unfortunately, this also leads to music battles, when they all try to play their music louder than the other. The logical solution would be earphones. One day I walked by during electronics time and noticed that I could hear everything coming from their headphones. My first thought was: that can not be good for their hearing. My husband has some hearing issues because he listened to his music super loud as a teenager.
Keeping Your Child’s Hearing Safe during headphone use can be easy. Here are a few tips to help!
Limit your child’s use of headphones to an hour at a time. Take breaks in between. This should be pretty easy because no one wants their kiddo staring at a screen forever!
Set Volume Limits
Many devices have maximum volume limits in the settings. My Galaxy Note 2 has a volume feature in the settings that allows you to change the maximum volume on games, videos and music. Unfortunately, many older kids (although nowadays it’s around 4) can figure out how to change that pretty easy, so take advantage of password locks on your device settings.
If you can hear what your child is listening to with their headphones from a few feet away, it’s too loud. Have them turn it down right away. Half the maximum setting is the loudest they need to go. If they complain that they can’t hear, have them go to a quiet room.
Use Kid Safe Headphones
I received a pair of JBuddies Headphones in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.
Many headphones for kids have lower maximum volume setting preset. Kid safe headphones also go over the ear, not in them like earbuds. Earbuds are too tight in the ear so sound can’t escape. Child headphones are also great because they actually fit their head and ears making it way more comfortable.
JLab Launches the next generation of Kid Headphones, JBuddies Folding. JBuddies Folding Headphones for Kids offer safe-volume control. They are made with built-in volume regulators, to ensure kids never rock out past 85db. They are perfect for traveling, since they fold down and fit in a cute bag. Since every kids is different JBuddies include 8 3-D character stickers so they can customize their headphones.
The first thing we noticed with the JBuddies Folding Headphones was that they were exactly the right size. They fit my youngest (19 months) up to my 12 year old daughter. They easily adjusted for the next child, with just a few clicks on the headband. They also worked on all our devices…all of them. I never realized how many we had! Then the real test came, my oldest daughter wanted to use them when she worked out at the gym. I went to my Zumba class, then came by to check on her. “Mom,” she said,”the headphones won’t let me go up that loud.” She is one of my worse offenders of having music turned up too loud, she was the only one that noticed, and it didn’t bother her. She was able to listen and enjoy her music, just at a safe level!
JBuddies Folding Headphones are very affordable, and would make an amazing gift. They are also perfect for the summer road trip, or just so you don’t have to hear “Let It Go” one more time! Pick them up here.
No matter the age, we all should try to keep our hearing safe and turn the volume down!