Ear Protection for Kids

Discussion in 'Support' started by Golly, Jun 8, 2014.

    1. Golly
      Bookworm

      Golly Member Benefactor

      Location:
      New York City
      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2011
      Hi All:

      My young kids (ages 6 and 8) are going to see a show (STOMP) that is supposedly quite loud. I would like to give them adequate hearing protection, but the usual foam earplugs I use are too large. Can anyone recommend a brand of headphone-style ear protection suitable for children?

      -Golly
       
    2. Peltor makes sizes for kids... check out Amazon. :) I want some for my daughter too.
       
    3. Ken219
      Frustrated

      Ken219 Member

      Location:
      New York Area
      Tinnitus Since:
      Summer of 1990
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure?
      I say 6 and 8 do not need to be exposed to loud noise. I would suggest it is not worth the risk. Not that important that they see 'Stomp'. Appears kids today are getting tinnitus younger from noise exposure.
       
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      Golly
      Bookworm

      Golly Member Benefactor

      Location:
      New York City
      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2011
      Thanks for your responses; I appreciate your input!

      Whether or not the kids end up going to STOMP, I will go ahead and order the Peltor Junior ear-muffs. I agree that loud venues are no place for kids. But it seems that these environments are sometimes unavoidable. We live in New York City where noise is pervasive. (I have measured the passing subway trains to be as loud as 95db!) So, going forward, I will at least be able to offer the kids some protection/relief when we are in a noisy situation.

      -Golly
       
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    5. all to gain

      all to gain Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      June 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ototoxic reaction
      I've started getting really worried about my kids and the thought of them ever getting tinnitus.
      Any tips on what to do and what not to do? I don't want to go too far and overprotect, but I want to do the best I can to help them not get tinnitus. They are very young at the moment. Should they be wearing ear defenders etc on planes?

      When they are older I will advise them about going to nightclubs, rock concerts, loud pubs, professions that cause hearing loss and tinnitus, medication risks, family history etc, but I just wondered about the time from now until that age.
       
    6. Digital Doc

      Digital Doc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced
      Good idea to get the children some hearing protection, and teach them appropriate use. At the younger ages, the ear muffs are more appropriate. They do make some child size earplugs, and there are slim fit ones marketed to women, but your children at those ages may be a little young for them still, depending on the size of their ear canals.
       
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    7. Michael B
      Supportive

      Michael B Member Benefactor

      Location:
      San Diego, CA
      Tinnitus Since:
      2011
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Stupidity
      I agree with @Digital Doc that it is important to teach kids to protect their hearing at an early age. And good for you for looking into protection.
       
    8. linearb
      Psychedelic

      linearb Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      temporarily banished from this plane of existence.
      Tinnitus Since:
      1999
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      karma
      My wife has some genetic hearing loss on her side in addition to my issues; we've had kid-fitting ear defenders around the house since she was 18 months old.

      Sometimes when she was around that age, I'd put her in a carrier and we'd both put on muffs and go out and weed-whack / etc. I have pictures of myself at the same age in a carrier as my mother runs a gas mower -- with no ear protection on either of us ;)

      People are more aware to some extent now; I took kiddo to a small local rock festival recently and our kiddo was not the only one running around in ear defenders. (It was only 80-90db where we were anyways, outdoors, so only borderline warranted given ~60 mins exposure).
       
    9. all to gain

      all to gain Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      June 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ototoxic reaction
      Should I have them wear ear muffs/defenders when flying? On taking off, inflight and on landing? What about ear pressure and all that?
       
    10. Digital Doc

      Digital Doc Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      noise induced

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