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My granddaughter 17 yr old is requesting headphones for Christmas. What kind would you recommend? ...

My 17 year old granddaughter is requesting headphones for Christmas. What kind would you recommend? Also I have a 15 yr grandson asking for ear plugs.

Are there things I should be aware of?


Rosann Nichols | Pediatrician

Rosann Nichols

It is never too early to think of the holidays! Thank you for your question. While I will not recommend any particular headphone or earbuds, I do have some cautions for you.

Studies have shown that up to 20% of teens have hearing loss. The suspected cause is prolonged listening of loud noise. (yes, music might be that noise!). The recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics and others is to follow what they call the 60/60 rule. This means keeping music volume at no more than 60% of maximum and listening for no more than 60 minutes a day.

A music player (or smart phone or MP3 player) is capable of putting out sounds of over 100 decibels - similar to that of a lawn mower or chain saw. Damage from this high volume listening can occur in as little as 15 minutes!

I would recommend no one under the age of 12 use any sort of in-ear device on a routine basis.

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