Don’t Forget To Protect Ears
More than one in seven kids aged 6 to 17 show signs of hearing loss, according to a 1998 study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association. Guidelines for toys set the loudness threshold at 90 decibels; the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that regular listening at 85 decibels or higher can result in hearing damage. Lots of toys on today’s shelves exceed these safety standards. You can buy an inexpensive kit to test decibel levels from the comfort of your own living room, or you can just use common sense and avoid toys that seem too loud, in favor of quiet models.