Picking out the right headphones for kids

A popular holiday gift is raising health concerns.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association came out with a new national poll.

It shows that many parents have concerns about their children developing hearing damage from headphones or earbuds.

But the organization says there are ways to prevent hearing damage while using these devices.

Consider buying headphones or earbuds designed for kids.

They have volume limits to protect their hearing.

Noise-canceling headphones are another good option, so they don’t have to turn up the volume as much.

Have your kid take listening breaks every half-hour, even if it’s just for a few minutes.

One expert says you don’t have to stray away from getting head-phones, just be cautious when you pick them out.

“Headphones are still a good gift, you just have to be smart about them in terms of making sure the volume is an appropriate volume for the child, that’s why child headphones can help limit that exposure to a child,” said Hugo Guerrero, Audiologist, Mayo Clinic Health System.

A.S.L.H.A. recommends following these protective measures for kids of all ages.

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