If you have children that are over a certain age, they probably have one or more of the following devices – gaming systems, computers and music players – perhaps even all three of them. In the event you responded yes, chances are, sooner or later they are going to want headphones to work with these products. There are good reasons for this, because headphones can enhance the experience of these multimedia, but there are specific characteristics you should look for when you buy.

The first, although it might not automatically spring to your mind, is good fit. Headphones which are developed for adults are made for their full-sized heads, and won’t just not fit the right way on children, they won’t offer a full range of sound to them. Children may also end up breaking headphones that are too big for their heads by repeatedly repositioning or adjusting them. Many kid’s headphones come with flexible headbands that make the initial fitting easier, and that permit refitting as the child grows up.

The most crucial characteristic you need to look for is that the headphones are equipped with Sound Limiting Technology. Kids will be kids, and will choose to play games and music at the highest volume possible; the fact is that, this may cause ear damage and loss of hearing. Looking for headphones which have a volume limits built in – somewhere around 80 to 85 decibels – is the best way to counteract this propensity. This advice is more critical if you’re trying to find ear buds which are worn not over the ears but in the outer ear canal.

Another factors that parents need to look for is sturdiness, because some headphones may be too fragile for use by young children. Parenting magazines or consumer publications that include product ratings are a good place to find information about the durability of different headphone options. Make sure you balance this desire for durability with a preference for light weight, because you really do not want your kids to be running around wearing headphones that are too heavy for their body and head.

No matter what selection you make for children’s headphones, a final suggestion is to limit usage to a few hours per day. Continuous sound, even via Sound Limiting Technology ear buds or headphones, may produce subtle damage to their sensitive hearing that may appear later in life.

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