When my friend was growing up, her father made her wear ear plugs every time she blew her hair dry. “Hearing loss is cumulative,” he used to tell her, as he bought earplugs by the case.
This story has haunted me for years.
Which is why I was so delighted to discover Griffin MyPhones – Headphones, durable, comfortable headphones for kids that limit volume to safe levels. No matter how high the volume is turned on the device, the headphones themselves will never go louder than 85 decibels.
My kids and I had a chance to try them out last week and we were pretty impressed (with caveats). First of all, MyPhones are sturdy and comfortable. Since we have broken not one but two pairs of expensive Bose headphones in the last six months, we value this attribute pretty highly in our family. At least I do.
Also, they can be customized with three different skins (pink pandas, blue robots, and orange stars). Frankly, I thought this feature was sort of silly, but wouldn’t you know it? It was my kids’ favorite thing about them. Huh.
No headphones are perfect, however, and these are no exception. The first thing you should know about volume-limiting headphones is that they are not always loud enough to be heard over the roar of jet engines on a plane.
The second is that these headphones are not designed for kids with big heads. They were tight on my 8-year-old and a too small on my 11-year-old, though the packaging says they fit kids 3-12.
We’ve got one pair of MyPhones to give away to one lucky reader. Just leave a comment here by midnight, November 29th for a chance to win (18 and older, U.S. only please). Good luck!