Children and Youth Ear Muffs
Protecting the hearing of your children is no joke. Often times, your children, and even your teenagers are too young to make informed decisions about protecting their hearing. Looking cool, is often times more important than hearing protection. And earplugs may not be an option for small children or kids. The sad truth is, that once you lose your hearing, or damage it, you cannot recover it. The effects are cumulative.
There are many styles of hearing protection. In ear protection and over the ear protection. Often times, earmuffs for children come in unique colors like pink, blue and black. These can then be decorated with Stickers, Pens, or paint to better match the unique personality of your kids or teenagers. You can learn more here about hearing protection.
When does Hearing Damage Occur?
Noises over 85db or higher, can produce hearing loss. Sudden loud noises or long term exposure to loud noises both can cause this kind of damage. Often referred to NIHL or Noise Induced Hearing Loss, earmuffs and earplugs are a way to prevent this totally preventable form of hearing loss.
What are the signs of NIHL (noise induced hearing loss)?
Muffled or distorted hearing, Difficulty hearing high pitched sounds like birds or doorbells. Difficulty in hearing speech during telephone conversations or while in group conversations. And pain or ringing in your ears after exposure to loud sounds or events.
Hearing protection for events like Racing, Nascar, Indycar, ALMS, NHRA drag races is really a must for your children or teen agers. The sounds at these events can be loud and sustained, and your children will thank you for years to come if you help them develop good hearing hygiene.
The CDC has some great reference material about hearing loss here.