What you never knew about hearing loss and kids

We are an active family. We go places, we do things, we experience life as much as we can.

But life can be noisy. Seeing attractions, helping with chores, or even participating in sporting events can be very LOUD. One thing that I always worry about when we are in a crowded arena, at a busy theme park, or watching sporting events is how much noise is too much?

Safe Noise

60 decibels is considered normal speech and is safe for your ears, but what about all those noises we experience every day?! An increase of just 15 decibels can begin to cause hearing damage over an extended period of time, and as the decibels go up the less time it takes for damage to occur.

Additional decibel levels that can cause damage: 

power tools 90dBA
noisy engines, e.g. motorbikes 90dBA
tractor 93dBA
road drilling 96dBA
iron and steel working 96-102dBA
clubs (discotheques)
average on a dance floor
but can be higher
99dBA
105dBA

Ensuring that my children don’t end up with hearing loss or damage to their eardrums is important to me, however, typical hearing protection hasn’t always worked well for us. Ear plugs fall out and normal ear muffs aren’t really designed for kids so they end up being too big and not really covering the ears well.

We are surrounded by noise!

Ear Muffs by Banz-7

My son helps us mow the lawn, goes to sporting events, and the entire family visits the annual town tractor pull every year. We visit theme parks as a family, and my daughter and I both use a hairdryer. With some of these things all I can do is limit exposure (like the hair dryer), but in most cases we can provide hearing protection that will keep me from worrying about hearing loss!

Finally – Kids have hearing protection

EarBanz kids’ hearing protection has been just what I have been looking for. We now have a solution to providing hearing protection for our kids that actually works for them. The BanZ hearing protectors effectively attenuate harmful loud noises without shutting out other ambient sounds.

earBanZ are easy to wear, with a low profile and no protruding parts that can catch on things. The wide, foam-filled cushions ensure that the set doesn’t squeeze uncomfortably, and there is plenty of space for the ears inside the shells. BanZ earmuffs have a comfy leather cover over the headband to ensure all over comfort!!

My daughter modeled the BanZ for me so you can see how well they fit. I even tried them on myself and know they do block out those loud sounds!

banZ hearing protection

banZ kids' ear protection

 

So tell us…

Have you ever thought about how everyday noises can impact hearing loss? Do you use hearing protection?

 

 

Thanks to banZ for providing us with a great pair of earmuffs to try out!

 

 

Jesica H

My name is Jesica and I'm happy to 'meet' you! I'm just living life and loving every minute of it! I try to not let things hold me down or hold me back, I just live! Here at The Mommy Bunch, I offer solid advice on all things parenting, household, and living life as a working mom.

One thought on “What you never knew about hearing loss and kids

  • February 10, 2015 at 7:16 pm
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    We have a couple sets of these, but after your post I will be pulling them out WAY more often! Thanks for the info!

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