After the appearance of iPod, the experts have been stating that the choice of appropriate protective headphones for little kids is the first thing parents can do to avoid medical problems, like permanent hearing loss. We have consulted with many experts in the pediatric sphere to find the best options to suggest to our customers. All of them noted that despite the fact that the market offers so-called “kid safe” earbuds that go inside the ear, and which are claimed to be safe for children, kids should be using only overhead headphones with the ability to limit the volume level to reduce the impact of overly loud noises. Michael Rosenfeld, who is the director of pediatric otolaryngology at the Mount Sinai Hospital insists that over-the-ear headphones are the best choice for less irritation of the ear channel and noise-cancelling barrier, as well as for comfortable fit.
However, most of the specialists warned that if you buy headphones with volume limitation keep in mind that nowadays any smart kid can alter them to cancel the volume limit of 85 decibels. In addition, sometimes headphones are poorly manufactured, which means that 85 decibels are surpassed, even if the producers claim otherwise. Therefore, do not rely on technical characteristics without conviction, and remember that supervision is key to success. Darius Korban, the director of otology/neuroethology at Lenox Hill Hospital, we have spoken with, strongly recommends headphones models, which complicate bypassing volume limitationб or even make it impossible. Check out these eight models of kids-friendly headphones we consider being the best.
In the course of our search for the best headphones for kids, there was a model, which came up more than once. We are talking about BT 2200, produced by Puro Sound Labs. As Korban says, this model matches many of the requirements: besides springy frame made of aluminum, comfortability and noise suppression, the volume limitation in this model works perfectly for both suggested connectivity options (wireless and via USB cable). Moreover, the proper functioning of volume limitation was tested for both options. Even though this model is more expensive than the rest, suggested on our list, the higher price might be justified by the additional safety features.
Korban also suggests Junior Jams headphones from Puro’s model line. This is a similar option with the ability to limit the volume. This model is equipped with an aluminum frame, Bluetooth, access via cable, and the high-quality studio sound, which may not seem that important from the first glimpse. However, Joey Berhenstein, an associate professor of otolaryngology at the Icahn Medical School at Mount Sinai Hospital, emphasizes that the quality of sound really matters for child’s hearing, as very often the poor-quality sound urges kids to turn the volume up to risky levels. Moreover, the suggested model has a serial connection system that allows two kids, who for example are flying by airplane together, to listen to music at the same time without having to take turns and share it.
BuddyPhones is a model for kids, which has won several rewards. This option is also recommended by Korban as a good fit for kids. This model is foldable, therefore, the headphones are more portable if your kids are toting them on flights or just carry the headphones with them often. It’s made with soft ear cups and the durable frame made of plastic, which helps to withstand any possible bending and flinging. Kids can share the headphones due to the wire splitter. In addition, what is very important, the volume limiter is always turned on, and the maximum allowed volume level is 82 decibels.
This model is sold for just $10, and you obviously might not get the quality of sound provided by Puro. However, as Rosenfeld says, parents do not have to spend huge money to let their children listen to Sponge Bob or Daniel Tiger in a stellar quality sound. This model is another of Korban’s choices. It is smaller and is a good match for younger kids, having a volume control on the side, which makes it easy for parents to set the volume level.
All the experts advise buying headphones, which are noise cancelling, as well as limiting the volume level. Therefore, we would also recommend the model from Nabi, which have a quilted texture to fit the kid’s head. They boast the perfect quality of sound, suppress outside noise, and have a volume limit of 80 decibels. This pair is the most expensive on our list, so, you will have to weight your priorities with this one.
Check out another popular model for kids, which is worth looking at. This option is adjustable to fit both toddlers and adults, lightweight and has a clear sound. The headphones are equipped with a volume-limiting adapter, which means that 82 decibels is the maximum. However, keep in mind that the adapter can be disconnected, so, parents have to make sure it is always in use. Another big advantage is the lifetime warranty and if the headphones ever get broken, you can easily get your money back.
These LilGadgets wireless headphones are the best fit for children of 4 years of age and elder. The cushy perforated mesh ensures that they will not feel too heavy on your child’s, being very durable at the same time. The built-in battery has a 12-hour capacity and is good for extended use. Even though these headphones can be used with the wire provided, we recommend using them in Bluetooth mode. While connected via cable their volume level gets much higher and goes up to 96 decibels.
This LilGadgets’ foldable set of headphones comes with two ports, which gives the ability for connecting multiple headphones. It is another suggested affordable option. The maximum volume level is set slightly above the recommended 85 decibels. Therefore, parents will have to watch out their kids to make sure they are not blaring their music.