Many Children's Toys Are Simply Too Loud

May 8, 2018

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The say if the music is too loud than you're too old.  But when it comes to some children's toys, they really are too loud and that is concerning to pediatricians. The Sight & Hearing Association puts out an annual Noisy Toy List and it points out popular toys that emit sound levels above the government standard. All toys are required to meet the American Society of Testing and Materials’ “acoustic standard,” which states that the sound-pressure level of a toy must not exceed 85 decibels, about the sound level of your sink's garbage disposer, at a distance of 50 centimeters (around a foot and a half away). But the flaw in the standard is for most toys, kids play with them much closer than a foot and a half away. A more realistic distance would be 10 inches, which is a more accurate length of a child's arm playing with their toy. The results of the Noisy Toys list is downright scary. at 10 inches away the Disney Elena of Avalor: Magical Scepter of Light with Sounds emits sound at 85.6 decibels (db). As with many toys, kids hold them even closer and scepter held at zero inches emits a ear-popping 96.3db, equivalent to the noise a lawn mower makes. The VTech Chomp and Count Dino produces 88.1db at 10 inches away and 93.8db at zero. Nickelodeon Paw Patrol: Pups to the Rescue pushes to 79.6db at 10 inches away and 91db at zero inches.  This doesn't mean your child occasionally playing with these toys will cause permanent damage as they would have to constantly hear the noise for roughly 8 hours but it does point out that noisy toys should be on your radar. The Sight & Hearing Association points out, you can just trust your own ears. If it’s too loud for you, it’s too loud for your kid. Get rid of the toy, or if you really don’t want to part with it, muffle the sound by putting water-proof tape or super glue over the speaker.

SOURCE: Offspring

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