When we think about noise-induced hearing loss, it is likely that workplace noise comes to mind first. We may even think about noise exposure related to adult leisure activities such as snowmobiling and hunting. What we probably tend to overlook as parents, grandparents and caregivers is the exposure of children to noise damaging toys.
Cammie Kaulback, Manager of Hearing Services, Deaf & Hear Alberta authored an article published in the Canadian Hearing Report (Vol. 9 No. 4 2014) which addresses the issue of noise damage related to toys and offers suggestions for protecting your child’s hearing from this source.
According to the author, “it is estimated that one in five children between the ages of 12 and 18 years has some level of hearing loss”. Considering that this type of hearing loss is permanent, it has tremendous implications for the speech and language development of a child, their future classroom performance and their social interaction with peers.
To ensure that your child does not become one of the hearing loss statistics, please consider the dangers of a noisy toy the next time you hand your child a toy or make a new toy purchase.
For the full article please go to Canadian Hearing Report (Vol. 9 No. 4 2014)