Noisy toys aren’t just annoying to parents and adults, they can do real damage to little ears! Each year, The Sight and Hearing Associations releases their Noisy Toy List. This year, they tested 22 popular toys. Of these 22, 18 produced sustained noise above 85 decibels when held up to the ear. Once it was moved 10 inches away from the ear, the loudness decreased. Why is 85 decibels important? Because the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health recommends people exposed to sounds louder than 85 decibels utilized hearing protection. Can you believe children’s toys can get that loud?!?
When you are considering purchasing noisy toys for the children in you family, keep in mind how loud they may be. It’s also a good idea to remember that kids probably won’t keep those toys ten inches away from their ears when playing with something new and exciting. You may want to stock up on ear plugs if any of these toys are on those Christmas lists.