It’s not uncommon for kids--some barely out of diapers--to use their parents’ headphones or headphones specially marketed to children. While using mini headphones enjoy music and more is fun for little ones, a larger question remains: Is it safe?
A new report from Dr. Wei-Shin Lai, M.D., founder and CEO of AcousticSheep LLC, reveals important concerns about the growing popularity of headphones for kids. Dr. Lai examined popular pairs of headphones marketed toward children as young as two years of age. Her research shows that these headphones pose four very real risks to young children. They include:
These four risks are present in far too many headphones on today’s market. Sadly, many of these headphones are even being marketed as safe for kids when they aren’t. For these reasons, Dr. Lai discourages parents from buying corded, poorly built headphones for young kids under six years of age. It’s also recommended that parents monitor volume levels--kids should be able to hear a parent speaking when using headphones.
Dr. Lai also reminds parents that while AcousticSheep headphones may come without many of the risks present in more traditional headphones, SleepPhones® and RunPhones® are not recommended for children under six.
Read the entire “Not So Safe: An Analysis of Headphones and Children’s Safety” report by Dr. Wei-Shin Lai, M.D.