Noisy Toys 2015

Whether your child has been naughty or nice, we want to make sure these toys stay off their holiday wish list. The Sight & Hearing Association released their annual "Noisy Toy" list. This year's list includes 16 out of 20 toys that tested louder than 85 dB, the level set by the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety for mandatory hearing protection.

It's important to remember that hearing loss is cumulative and typically does not occur from just one event. Hearing loss gradually develops over time as we age and it is critical that we protect children's hearing through monitoring loud sounds and wearing hearing protection when appropriate. Unsure of how loud the environment is for your child? If you have a smart phone you can download an app that measures the sounds around you. We like this sound level meter, or this one! And if you don't have a smart phone handy follow a simple rule of thumb, if the toy sounds too loud to you, it is too loud for the child!

Here's the list of Noisy Toys in 2015:


Jody Vaynshtok

Jody is a California-licensed speech language pathologist with eight years of industry and clinical experience. She has worked with both adult and pediatric populations during her time at private practice, birth-to-three, and hospital facilities. She is experienced in the assessment and treatment of a variety of communication and cognitive disorders. In addition, Jody has a passion for working with adults looking to achieve clearer communication. Jody received her BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences and MS in Medical Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington. She was a part of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford’s cleft and craniofacial clinic participating in the multidisciplinary assessment and treatment of children born with craniofacial abnormalities. She holds a staff position at UCSF and is the lead speech language pathologist for the department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery’s Hearing Loss Clinic. When she's not busy having fun with her clients Jody enjoys spending time with her husband, Anton, friends and family. And if she's not headed out somewhere fun for dinner, you might find her at Bar Method working out!