Our world is getting LOUDER!!!
It is no surprise that children are exposed to way too much noise daily. The sad truth of the matter is that noise exposure, over some time, can result in hearing loss.
Imagine this, you are cooking in the kitchen, you have the blender and the dishwasher going. The television is on whilst the kids are playing on their iPad’s or listening to music or playing video games. Your phone rings, you answer it, you try to turn up the volume to hear the person on the other end only to discover it is already switched to full. NOISE!!!! Argh… some of us don’t have to imagine it because this is what we hear in our homes often.
This is the noise that we don’t even think about that we expose ourselves to in our everyday lives, this is without even considering the noises we are exposed to outside of our homes.
Ever taken your child to an Australia Day parade? Gone to pay respects at an Anzac Day procession? Certain percussion and brass instruments can reach noise levels of 140 decibels at close range.
Concerts and venues playing music are causes of potential hearing damage. Taking your child to their favourite music concert, yes even the Wiggles… can expose your child to noises which remain at a fairly constant noise level of 110 decibels. If you add to that excited, screaming fans noises can soar to a damaging 120 decibels!
To put things into perspective… That’s around the same level of level of noise as an ambulance siren. Could these common sources of noise be doing your child’s hearing harm?
What Can We Do?
Turn the noise down, limit exposure to noise and of course… protect their ears! Why wouldn’t we, after all, they are the only ones that they’ll ever get! Earplugs are often too large (even earplugs for kids) and can be a potential choke hazard. The best ear protection and noise reduction for children, small children in particular is earmuffs for kids.
It makes so much sense that you are here reading this today to take action in protecting your child’s hearing.
Sleep and Sound offer a wide range of quality, affordable hearing protection and noise reduction ear muffs in Australia.
Sound is Even Louder for Children
Babies and kids’ ears are much more sensitive to loud noise than adults. A baby’s tiny ears are fragile and sensitive to sound. Children’s ear canals are much smaller and the sound pressure generated in their little ears is typically greater to that of adults. In other words, babies ears are more fragile, loud sounds are even louder and children are more sensitive to sound.
Create moments of calm by providing sound relief to sensitive little ears and aiding auditory hypersensitivity
Are there Special Earmuffs for Babies?
Babies heads are a lot softer than toddlers and bigger children and a babies skull is still forming up until the age of 18 months. This is why we recommend only our specially designed earmuffs for babies for protecting their little ears. Our Alpine Baby Muffy Earmuffs, unlike Baby Banz Earmuffs for Babies for example, which have a hard plastic over the headband which can place pressure on bubs head, have a super soft, elastic headband that can be easily adjusted to the correct size and it will not place any pressure on the babies head. Alpine Baby Earmuffs are specially designed and recommended for babies and small children up to 36 months.
Alpine Babies Earmuffs Vs Baby Banz Earmuffs for Babies
Alpine Soft Elastic Headband Baby Banz Harder Headband
How Loud is Too Loud?
People often ask me this question and there is an easy answer if you find that you need to raise your voice to be heard by someone, standing at arm’s length, it is highly likely that the noise of your current environment is over 85 dB, which means that it could be potentially damaging your hearing.
How many times have you found seen your child needing to cup their hands over or stick their fingers in their ears because they’ve found themselves in an uncomfortably loud environment? The child could be distressed and agitated and it is their innate response to cover their ears, which when you have no proper hearing protection in place is the best tip for defence and preservation of their hearing!
It is important to monitor your child’s surroundings for noise exposure that exceeds recommended noise levels. Sounds are measured in decibels (dB). Safe sound levels vary based on the duration of exposure. In general, noises softer than 80 dB will not damage hearing unless the exposure lasts for several hours.
The Australian Government statistics show that “Noise-induced hearing loss is associated with 37 per cent of all hearing loss” they have also confirmed that “the most common causes of hearing loss are ageing and excessive exposure to loud sounds.” However, Noise-induced hearing loss is unfortunately on the rise, with data showing a particular increase in hearing loss amongst our younger generation that would not otherwise occur until middle to old age.
An estimated 12.5% of children and adolescents aged 6–19 years have permanent hearing damage from exposure to excessive noise and 17% of adults aged 20–69 years suffering from irreparable hearing loss.
Where is Noise?
Noise is everywhere we go!
- Movie Theatres
- Household appliances (blenders, hairdryers, vacuum cleaners)
- Music (from smartphones, iPads, personal listening devices etc)
- Sports Events (football, soccer, basketball etc)
- Motorised Sports Events (monster trucks, car & motorbike racing etc)
- Power Tools, Drilling, Sawing or Sanding
- Stereo’s In Cars
- Home Entertainment Systems
- Movie Theatres
- Restaurants and Cafes
- Kids Play Centres
- Fireworks Displays – New Year’s Eve, Christmas, Ekkas, Shows, Fairs etc
- Gyms (particularly fitness classes like Spin, Cardio Aerobics etc)
- Garden Devices (lawnmowers, leaf blowers, chain saws etc?
- Loud Toys
Yep, Loud Toys!
Noisy toys are ever so popular with little ones and the noisier the better! Although us parents would beg to differ. My mother in law loves to buy our kids noisy toys… and I love to send the kids to her place for visits with them to show her how much we appreciate her thoughtful gifts, hehe.
What most people do not realise is that some audible toys can produce sound over 120 dB! What does 120dB sound like? To give you a frame of reference it is the same volume of noise that you would hear from a chainsaw, thunder, a car stereo full blare or a Jet Airplane!!! Yes, who’d have ever thought. What makes it worse is the closer that loud noise is to a persons ear, the more chance there is of hearing loss, it’s not at all uncommon for children to play with their toys and have them positioned close to their faces and little ears. Even toys with volume ranges of 80-90 dB can be harmful.
What Can You Do?
When are where possible see if you can test the sound of the toy in the shop before purchasing it (give the mother in law the heads up this tip too) keep a close eye (and ear) on little ones when they are playing with noisy toys and try to ensure that they are at a safe distance and limit their time allowed to play with noisy toys. Failing all that, remove the batteries.
Can Hearing Damage Build Up over time?
As reported by It’s a Noisy Planet “Hearing loss from too much noise may not be noticeable at first, but the damage can build over time, and it can’t be fixed.
Hearing damage due to noise exposure, which means any damage to our ears from noise, be it damage to the hair cells inside our ear canal or tinnitus (buzzing, ringing or noise in the ear), is permanent and cumulative. Which means that if you subject your ears to even small amounts of damage on several separate occasions, over time, the damage adds up and the horrible effects of hearing loss will remain.
How Long does it take for Noise to affect our Hearing?
Noise-induced hearing loss can happen from one single loud sound such as fireworks or a gunshot, or more commonly, it occurs from repeated exposure to sounds over a longer period. The longer the time that a person is exposed to loud noise without the use of earplugs or earmuffs to protect their hearing, the greater the risk is of hearing damage occurring.
Hearing Loss is Preventable.
The worst thing about noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is that It cannot be repaired, once the damage is done to ours or our children’s ears, that lost hearing sadly cannot be restored.
This is especially true when dealing with the delicate ears of a young child. The great news is that hearing loss caused by exposure to loud noise is easily preventable!
Which is why our range of quality & effective earmuffs in Australia and ear defence products should be the top of every parent’s agenda.
Why Is Ear Protection Needed?
The human ear is truly incredible, the ear not only plays a central role in our vital everyday communication, it also aids greatly in our ability to balance.
However, we live in a world with greater noise pollution than ever before as items like aeroplanes, drills, music devices, and even hairdryers reach potentially damaging decibel levels.
If your child’s ears are left exposed to those noises for extended periods, it can cause major damage including the onset of tinnitus as well as lost hearing. Besides, the sound of fireworks and other loud items can be quite scary for youngsters too. Earmuffs are the ideal solution.
Ear Protection designed with young Ears In Mind
Ear defence for young children needs to be comfortable, practical, and fun. Here at Sleep and Sound, we pride ourselves on providing the best options on the market for little one’s safety.
It’s important to note that children need to have their own pair of earmuffs and earplugs to alleviate possible ear infection passed on by other wearers if sharing items.
Our child-friendly earmuffs can be used in an array of situations where noise levels are higher than normal, with the addition of ear plugs to give you complete control over protecting your son or daughter’s delicate ears.
If you’re still unsure which ear muffs are best for your child’s need, give our friendly team a call today!
What Can You Do?
In our ever-growing noisy world not all exposure to noise can be prevented, but with a little effort from you, it is easy to shelter your child’s ears and protect their hearing with earmuffs when the noise is too loud for long periods of time.
Preventing Hearing loss caused by exposure to loud sound
We use our ears every day in so many ways. We use our ears to communicate, we use our ears to learn and to entertain ourselves by listening to movies and music. Our ears help us to be alerted of danger from warning signals. A world without hearing is one that I hate to imagine.
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss is preventable. Here’s what you can do today, to protect your ears for tomorrow:
- Identify when loud is too loud (whether it be from the lawnmower, the TV or a sports event and try to limit exposure.
- Choose behaviours to protect hearing:
- Turn down the volume
- Move away from the loud sound
- Avoid or limit exposure to loud sound
- Use ear protection! Earmuffs, earplugs or at the very least, your fingers or hands.
If you are concerned about your or your child’s hearing in any way, contact your local licensed audiologist or other qualified professional