As with most of their other parts, infants, toddlers, and young children have particularly delicate eardrums. They can easily be damaged by repeated exposure to loud sounds (anything louder than 70 decibels, which is about as loud as a standard vacuum cleaner), and that injury may lead to hearing problems later in childhood and as an adult. It’s no surprise then, that noise-canceling headphones for kids come highly recommended, and even ear muffs for kids younger than two are also something to consider.
The best noise-cancelling headphones for toddlers and older kids are simply those that are comfortable and restrict the volume from jumping out of a certain healthy range. These can sometimes be adjusted based on the age of your child. The best baby noise canceling headphones, however, are protective devices that look like large contractor-style earmuffs. These are easy to put on, and simple for parents to use, as they are passive, which translates as “battery-free.” “They make all of the sounds softer and can offer vital protection to ears that are still developing,” says Dr. Hanna Page, a doctor of audiology in private practice in Colorado.
The most important thing to look for when shopping for a pair is that they have a noise reduction rating (NRR) of 20 or better. They’re ideal to use for when you take a child to a loud location and are worried about their sensitive ears. The higher the rating, the more protection children get. With kids’ noise-canceling headphones, you ideally want a pair that allows you to limit the volume to 85 decibels, a level that’s considered “safer” by the World Health Organization. As an added bonus, many noise-canceling headphones allow you to isolate your child with the Frozen 2 on repeat, providing you with a much-needed rest. Regardless of the age of your child, here are some of our favorites.
The Best Noise-Cancelling Headphones For Babies
The Best Noise-Cancelling Headphones For Toddlers
All Onanoff does is work to protect hearing while delivering crystal-clear sound. Its BuddyPhones have become a staple among children learning at home over the past 18 months, and while we understand there are new products en route, ain't nothing like the real thing. Super comfy, volume-restricted to a max 85db, and with an 18-hour battery life, these will become your child's new best friend and favorite homework partner.
This is what you want for your toddler or preschooler to put on to watch a movie during dinner, at a safe volume. These wired earmuffs have a decibel limit of 75; they pair with a device, and you control the volume remotely. They have a noise reduction rating of 31, so again, well above the suggested number
These noise-cancelling earmuffs provide passive noise reduction and are ideal for sporting events; they have a 22 noise reduction rating.The earmuffs have a GrowBand that easily fits kids from birth to age four, so they're particularly suitable for growing toddlers.
The Best Kids’ Noise-Cancelling Headphones
Not only do these headphones have 45 hours of battery life. Which is impressive. But parents are able to customize volume limits based on their surroundings: They can toggle between 74, 85, and 94dB by pressing the keys in combination. Plus, the covers are detachable, so kids can swap out colors to keep things fresh.
These noise-cancelling headphones have a volume limit of 85 decibels. They're lightweight, with comfortable ear cups and a cushioned headband. And they provide 82 percent ambient noise isolation and they also work for 18 hours on a single charge. They have one-touch Bluetooth pairing with Apple and Android devices.
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