There are some toys out there that are so noisy that they can cause additional hearing loss or can be painful for your little one to hear. Check out the Sight & Hearing Association’s Noisy Toys List 2020 shown below. It lists popular toys with their targeted ages and measure of decibels each toy emits.
Most of these toys fall in the red zone on the Audiogram of Familiar Sounds, shown below, which can be as loud as an airplane jet or semi-truck! Try to avoid these toys during the holiday season, or keep the batteries out! Another trick is to cover the speaker holes with clear packing tape to reduce the sound.
Click here for ASHA’s live interview with River School Audiologist Sydney Bednarz. Dr. Bednarz talks about choosing toys that are safe sound levels and other ways to protect your hearing during the holidays.