One in five children in the U.S. has some form of hearing loss by the time they reach age 12, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (USPIRG) says in a recently released report on dangerous toys. When a favourite gift is unwrapped this year, parents should see if Santa has some earmuffs around for kids to wear, and perhaps a set of earplugs for their own ears.
"We found two toys, a car driving wheel on a console and a toy guitar, on store shelves that exceeded the recommended limit for continuous exposure of 85 decibels. We also found one close-to-the-ear toy, a key chain, that exceeded the 65 decibel limit when measured with a digital sound level meter," the USPIRG report said.
Here is a video talking about the risks with noisy toys:
Dangerous toys are often thought of as those with sharp edges or small pieces that can be swallowed. But as the USPIRG findings show, the noise levels of modern toys can pose another risk to your hearing health.