Whether they are for a long haul flight, listening to audio from a tablet, listening to music from an iPod or watching the telly getting the correct headphones for your kid is important (and better than them borrowing your own). When buying headphones for your kids, there are a few things to consider.


Kids headphones will be designed to be naturally smaller and so will fit better than headphones designed for adults. A better fit means they will not slip off. Look for comfort and padding around the ear pieces so that they sit comfortably around the child’s ears. Some may adjustable to allow you to size the band of the headphones to fir smaller or larger heads (also useful as your child grows).

An important thing to consider is whether the headphones feature a noise limiter on them to restrict the maximum volume output. This is super important with young children who may accidental press the volume control and ramp up the volume.

Many headphones for kids will come with a noise limiter that will restrict the noise output to around 85 decibels (a level that many health organisations think is suitable for younger ears).

Remember – if you don’t opt for a pair with a noise limiter you need to check that the volume is not too loud when your child is using them. Some tablets and phones may let you restrict the output level of the device but you will need to check with the device if this is possible.

Some headphones may come with a variable dial on the cord that allows independent control of the volume to the headphones. Whilst this may let you set it to a lower level, remember a dial or button may be pressed or tinkered with by your little one.

Also think about the aesthetic design of the headphones. Younger children may prefer Peppa Pig head phones whilst the 13 year old may not.

Finally look at the type and level of connectivity of the headphone. Do you need them to connect wirelessly via Bluetooth? Does the device you are connecting to allow for a wireless connection? Remember that wireless headphones can run out of battery charge (always make sure they are charged for long journeys) where as headphones with a physical cord will always connect. If buying headphones with a cord make sure your devices allows for the mini jack connection (some newer iPhones require a dongle to connect a mini jack to the phone for example).

One last thing is to remember to restrict the amount of hours they use headphones to sensible amount.


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