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Advice for Protecting Children’s Hearing during Summer

21. August 2017.

Children’s ears are especially sensitive and should be treated as such. For your travels and your summer holidays to be as carefree as possible, here’s some advice on protecting your children’s hearing during summer.

Airplane Travel

Airplane cabins are the loudest at the back, behind the engine. If possible, choose seats at the front or those aligned with the wing.

The noise inside an airplane is 4 dB stronger near the window than in the middle or aisle seat, so seat your child accordingly.

On flights longer than eight hours, use children’s ear plugs. Newer airplanes can produce up to 85 dB in the cabin, older ones up to 90 dB. Listening to 90 dBs for the duration of eight or more hours can permanently damage a child’s hearing.

Travel in Any Type of Vehicle

Have the child wear noise-cancelling earphones. They reduce outside noise and allow for music and similar to be played at a lower volume.

 

Limit the sound volume of the mp3 player or smartphone to 50% or 60% at most. Have the child take a short pause after every hour of uninterrupted listening.

 

Listening to loud noise may contribute to a child’s loss of hearing is something 72% of parents of children up to the age of eight agree upon. Set an example with your own behavior.

Just 50% of adults have talked to their children about the importance of protecting one’s hearing. Music at an increased volume can be fun for a short time, but hearing loss is dull and permanent. Educate the children as soon as possible.

Today, 1.1 billion young people worldwide, including children, are at risk of hearing damage and hearing loss due to overloud entertainment activities.

The noise volume of a fireworks display is 150 dB. Keep your child at least 200 to 250 meters away from the fireworks launch site. Keep the festivities merry.

Around 12% of children ages 6 to 19 lose their hearing due to excessive noise.

Secondhand smoking doubles the risk of hearing loss in children and teenagers.

Hearing damage is one of the most common congenital defects. Nine out of ten children born deaf have parents with normal hearing.

 

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