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: