If you have kids that are over a certain age, they probably own at least one of the following devices – computers, games and music players – possibly even all three. In the event you answered yes, chances are, sooner or later they are going to ask for headphones to work with these devices. Headphones can greatly enhance children’s experience with these learning and entertainment multimedia, but there are a handful of characteristics you should look for when researching these headphones.
Proper fit is the first thing to look for.Kid’s heads are smaller, so headphones designed for grownups will not fit them correctly, and may not offer the full range of sound to them. If headphones are too big, children may also be constantly adjusting them, which can cause damage. Headphones created for children are developed with a growing child in mind. Most have an adjustable head strap allowing your child to get a perfect fit now and several years down the road.
The second characteristic you need to look for, which we feel is the most vital, is some type of Sound Limiting Technology. Naturally, children will occasionally use the highest allowable volume settings to completely immerse themselves in the music. Adults know that this is a really bad idea which could lead to future loss of hearing. Seeking out headphones that have a built-in volume limit – in the range of 80 to 85 decibels – is the best approach for counteracting this tendency. This advice is more important if you are buying “ear buds” which are worn not over the ears but in the outer ear canal.
Another thing to consider is durability, because children can be hard on fragile things, and some headphones can be very fragileindeed. Consumer guides or parenting magazines that include product comparisons are an excellent place to find information about the durability of different headphone options. At times you will need to give up a little bit of durability to get a lighter weight product. Certain headphones are quite simply too heavy for children’s heads regardless of how many additional wonderful features they have.
Whichever model headphones you choose, try to limit your children’s use of them to just a couple hours a day. Being deluged by sound non-stop, even if the headphones restrict the volume level, can still create subtle damage to children’s sensitive ears.