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Kid-safe Headphones

Protect little ears with volume-limiting headphones
Jamie Pearson. and work as an Freelance writer, a mother of two, and the publisher of two popular-ish websites: Best Kids Apps and Travel Savvy Mom. at BestKidsApps.

I have a close friend whose father is an otologist. Otologists study the anatomy and pathology of the ear, and my friend’s father specialized in hearing loss.

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.

The pros

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.

The cons

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.

Win a pair!

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!

48 thoughts on “Kid-safe Headphones

  1. Craig says:

    My wife is a SLP and says the same thing. Everytime we take the boys to a motor race we are shocked to see how many parents don’t provide ear protection for their children. My kids (ages 3 and 6) wear good ear plugs or AO Safety headsets with integrated AM/FM so they can listen to the race. Have to teach them young!

  2. Debbie Terry says:

    These sound great for my granddaughter. Perfect for plane flights and street festivals with music!

  3. Cheryl says:

    These would be great for my kids. We travel a LOT and the kids are getting ipods for Christmas. This would be a great addition!

  4. Diana says:

    Would love to give these as a xmas gift, along with the tales2go app you highly recommended. :-)

  5. Aimee says:

    These would be awesome for my son – just perfect for the long plane rides to see grandma and grandpa!

  6. CrazyCurl says:

    I’d love to have a pair of these for my 6 yo dd. She doesn’t like the ones I bought for her, so I’d love a free pair!

  7. Ben says:

    We have a long flight coming up in a few months, these would be awesome for my 4 year old.

  8. PsychMamma says:

    Have been looking for a good pair of headphones for my 4yo daughter!

    Thanks for the chance to enter.

  9. IndigoHowever says:

    We were just talking about this- thanks for the review, where can I pick up a pair (if I don’t win, which I’m sure I will!) ; )

  10. estella says:

    sounds great for my little niece! :)

  11. Melanie says:

    So excited to try these headphones. I am getting both of my kids age 4&6 gaming systems for Christmas & I was so excited to see these. Now if picking the gaming system was as easy as picking the headphones:)

  12. Peggy says:

    Thanks for hosting this contest – would love a pair for my preschooler!

  13. Headphones are actually on my Christmas gift list for my kids. These would be great to try out!

  14. mama-saan says:

    I think protecting the “hidden treasures” of our senses is sooo important, I come from a family of eye doctors and ENT doctors, and everyone says you don’t truly appreciate your senses until you don’t have them… you can never start too young! My son just turned 2, and is getting more and more engaged with animated games and tv shows… this would be the PERFECT gift.

  15. Jayson Miller says:

    My litte fella would love these – thanks for hosting the contest!

  16. Frank says:

    These would be a great accessory for my daughters new iPod touch

  17. Lori says:

    Look forward to trying them out on my kiddos!

  18. Wileen says:

    I am an audiologist, so my specialty is hearing. Although I think the earplug behavior with hairdryer use is a bit extreme, I do think volume limiting headphones durable enough for “child’s play” is a great idea.

  19. OHmommy says:

    We just got an ipad. I would love these for the kiddos.

  20. Duane says:

    We have had the same thoughts since our kids got the mp3′s and ipod’s. We need better earphones to protect theirs. With all of the options for kids entertainment these days I don’t think our kids have much of a chance to keep their hearing unless we parents take the initiative. Thanks for the information.

  21. Lisa says:

    My daughters always complain that their ears get hot when wearing head phones on long car drives (but we don’t want to listen to Dora for four hours). Periodically during trips I will hear the DVD through their headphones and have to turn down the volume. I am in the market for earphones that are safe for kids hearing and are not too form fitting that they make their ears hot.

  22. Janet says:

    These would be great for our daughter that we’re adopting and bringing home from China

  23. Jackie Wellborn says:

    My grandson is two and I have been hesitant to use any type of earbuds so these headphones would be great for him. He loves many of these apps and so do I.

  24. Corynne says:

    cool! i would love to have these for my kids. thanks for the review.

  25. Duncan says:

    Sounds like a fantastic idea. Thanks for offering the giveaway!

  26. Raeanne says:

    I recently had a second ear surgery for hearing loss. One ear was successfully done six years ago and the other ear was done this summer. I always worry about the volume of headphones for my kids. These would greatly ease my worry!

  27. Raeann Emme says:

    Wow! I would love to see these. Are they expensive?

    Thanks for the info.

  28. Rebecca says:

    I bought an ipad yesterday for my student (i collected from the school staff) who was sent to the hospital. Not sure yet the full diagnoses but doctors think could be brain tumor or viral infection. regardless hell be there for awhile so we wanted to get him something. his vision was affected so an ipad seemed the bestfor him. we dont have an accessories and the earphones would be great…thanks!

  29. Aimee says:

    My 3 year old song would love these. He’s always complaining that his 1 year old twin sisters are too loud and he can’t here his stuff.

  30. Kari Lavelle says:

    Thanks for the post! I’m an SLP and naturally worried about hearing loss But why haven’t I been wearing earplugs when blowing my hair dry? good tip!

  31. Marco says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. I just got a cheap pair of headphones which my son hates to wear. I’d like to try something else.

  32. Amber Daige says:

    These look like they would be great for my four year old :)!

  33. JamieLou says:

    My daughter wanted some because the ear buds don’t fit her little ears. I would be really excited to win some! Thanks

  34. Lara Bergthold says:

    flying to Thailand on xmas with a 3 year old. Would LOVE a pair of headphones that could save his hearing AND be a fun distraction!

  35. These look like they would be great for my four year old :)!

  36. These look like they would be great for my four year old :)!

  37. My daughter wanted some because the ear buds don’t fit her little ears. I would be really excited to win some! Thanks

  38. Nona Mills says:

    These look like they would be great for my four year old :)!

  39. Leola Lloyd says:

    My 3 year old song would love these. He’s always complaining that his 1 year old twin sisters are too loud and he can’t here his stuff.

  40. Josie Lowery says:

    My daughter wanted some because the ear buds don’t fit her little ears. I would be really excited to win some! Thanks

  41. My 3 year old song would love these. He’s always complaining that his 1 year old twin sisters are too loud and he can’t here his stuff.

  42. These look like they would be great for my four year old :)!

  43. Heidi says:

    My little grandsons would love this!!!!

  44. Heidi says:

    My little 2 year old grandson would love this!

  45. Jenna says:

    I just discovered your sight looking for earphones. I look forward to looking it over more, it sounds great. I would love to give them a try on an upcoming airplane trip we have planed. Thanks for the opportunity to win a set.

  46. megan says:

    Just read your article when searching to find out more info on earphones for kids. Was thinking of getting a pair for my almost 4 year old for all our travel. Thanks for offering this giveaway!

  47. Irene says:

    Finally just found a Leapfrog Leappad for my grandson. These would be a great addition to his Christmas gift.

  48. Cathy says:

    I am trying to pick between the Griffin MyPhones Headphones and the dB Logic HP-100 Headphones. Thank you for the review!

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