Helping Kids Focus – Headsets With Volume Regulators Help Children Navigate the Web and Complete Schoolwork Safely
The circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic have proven to be the final push into the digital age. Digital is now omnipresent across a variety of sectors, which especially includes modern education. Children these days begin learning and interacting on their laptops, tablets and educational electronics (like Leapfrog) at an early age. And this style of education continues on, into online schooling or traditional classrooms alike.
While that is extremely helpful for the most part, it does tend to bring its fair share of discrepancies. And some- we are finding- are even harmful for health. A prominent risk here being hearing damage, also known as Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL). Let us explore this in further detail...
According to the World Health Organization, electronic devices, such as smartphones and computers do put people at risk for hearing damage. Because of this, millions of people across the globe are at risk for developing Noise-Induced Hearing Loss. That is because of the likeability of exposure to damaging sound levels, especially when using soundwave isolating earbuds and headphones at unsafe levels.
The same levels of sound we’ve experienced in loud concert settings (remember those?) that leave our ears ringing into the next day; your child may actually be subject to when attending online classes, or exploring music and video platforms. This pattern of listening to audio waves at exceedingly high volumes is growing globally and poses a serious threat. It can be damaging to the hearing, mental facilities, and can seriously impact the overall health and wellbeing of our children. But how does that occur? What is considered a high volume? And most importantly, how can you protect yourself and your children? Let us take these questions one by one.
How is volume measured?
Each sound comprises a certain amount of decibel. Decibels dictate how loud and heavy an audio wave is. A decibel, as defined by the University of New South Wales, is “a logarithmic unit used to measure sound level”. It measures a sound in terms of intensity, power, pressure and voltage. This measurement generally takes place using a device called a decibel meter. Also known as sound-level meters, decibel meters are important tools as they allow us to accurately gauge the intensity of a sound. Decibel meters are fairly accessible devices and you can use them in the household to gauge safe hearing levels from a number of modern electronics and home products.
What is a safe sound level?
The decibel scale ranges from 0 to 130. Here, 0dB is the smallest audible sound or the threshold of human hearing. A 10dB sound level measures the sound produced by breathing, while 20dB measures the sound produced by a quiet room. As the dB level increases so does the intensity or weightage of the sound. For example, a 30 dB sound stands for a whisper or light snoring and 50 dB measures a conversation. As this scale increases so does the likelihood of risk to hearing damage, or, Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL). And that is why the most heavy sounds humans can hear are at 130dB (gunshot or metal concert), 120dB (jet plane taking off) and 110dB (industrial noise). What lies between generally includes sounds such as a subway train, bass drum, loud stereo, noisy surroundings, busy streets, alarm clocks and electrical appliances.
When you look at it that way, it makes sense that longer exposure to certain sound levels can cause hearing damage. That is why the World Health Organization has detailed the permissible daily noise exposure to different decibels or sound levels.
What is the permissible daily noise exposure?
Sounds between 60 dB and 80 dB are considered to be safe. You can listen to these for up to eight hours every day, and it would not cause a problem. However, as these sound levels increase, the permissible daily exposure decreases. For example, the safe listening time for 90 dB (loud machinery) is but 2 and a half hours.
This timeframe now drops exponentially as the sound levels go up. At 95 dB (motorbikes), unprotected ears should not be exposed for more than forty seven minutes. For 100 dB (hair dryer); fifteen minutes.
Notice how hearing protection is a must for builders, because at 105 dB (construction machinery) more than 4 minutes of exposure is considered risky.
This continues up to 130 dB (remember, a gunshot) which becomes damaging to hearing for any duration more than a single second.
How can you keep yourself and your children protected?
Keeping this in mind, it's safe to say we should always be careful when listening to any kind of sound that may be unsafe for hearing. These exposures combined can amount to Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL). That's why as a consumer electronics manufacturer, we have taken a first step in equipping our ZGEAR Connect Junior Headphones with Volume Regulators for Hearing Protection. Compact and stylish, these headphones give children the chance to stay focused in style, while also enjoying the media they love at levels parents can feel great about. The features of our new Junior headset include the following:
- They are volume-safe.
Our Junior Headphones are especially designed to suit the delicate hearing of children between the ages 2-12. They keep the volume limited to a safe sound level, below 85 dB. This also makes them ideal for children with sensory issues. But there is no missing out on any fun here! ZGEAR Connect Junior Headphones are equipped with 40mm audio drivers that deliver a pleasant, balanced sound profile. A sound quality that rises above the norm!
- They are comfort-driven.
Our Junior headset folds over the ears to assure comfort with soft, leatherette ear pads for extended wear. They are fully adjustable, and perfectly complement long periods of wear. That makes them perfect for online learning, and helps your child stay focused- “tuned in”- all day long. They also come with stylish, mix and match stickers that give the headsets a custom appearance to your kids' liking!
- They are compact and convenient.
Our KIDZ headphones are equipped with a compact, foldable design which makes them perfect for use on the go. You can also seamlessly store them between uses. They come ready to use out of the box with a 3.5mm headphone jack, and feature an in-line microphone to capture their speech in videos, virtual classrooms and while gaming.
Along with that, it is important to use these handy tips and tricks to ensure your children are protecting their sensitive hearing at all times.
- Keep The Decibels Low
Now that you know and understand what a decibel is, it is important that you keep a check on them as well. Ensure that the volume of your child’s audio device is always on the lower end of the decibel scale. That may be for their laptop, iPads, mobile phones, when they’re watching television or even when they are attending online classes. It is fairly simple to check using devices and apps that come pre-installed on smartphones, or with a decibel meter which are available for purchase online.
- Get Ears Checked Regularly
With so many new technologies on the market, especially from popular speaker and headphone brands, it’s important to keep NIHL in mind. When you get your child’s ears checked regularly, you know how and if in-depth digital exposure is affecting their hearing health. That will give you the chance to maintain precaution, and work on prevention where important. For this, you can seek help from a variety of health care professionals and communities who regularly conduct health care checkups. They will analyze and offer detailed insight into what your child’s ear health is like. It will also prove to be extremely helpful in the event that your child does end up having a hearing condition.
- Have Short Breaks Often
It is a complete norm now for children to attend online lectures, while also needing to study digital materials for their online exams. After this, they may find relaxation in watching YouTube videos, listening to music or by watching a favorite television series. All from their tablet or computer, while other members in the home are doing the same.
But it is also important to have regular breaks. When your child takes short breaks from consistently listening to immersive, isolated audio, they give their ears the chance to rest and recuperate. That will go a long way in helping their ears find balance, and to heal and recover from any loud sound exposures. The break from consistent sound will also help them return to lectures, relaxed and ready to absorb new information. In general, this doesn’t just apply to online occurrences, but also for events such as concerts and parties. In this extremely “noisy” age, it is important to take short breaks from loud audio often, so that your child will get the chance to enjoy rich sound for far longer.
Check out our ZGEAR Connect Junior Headphones with Inline Mic and Hearing Protection. At only $19.99, these headphones go a long way in ensuring your child is always listening to audio at a safe level.