The best kids headphones 2017

Choosing the best headphones for your children is important because using the wrong ones could cause damage to their hearing. Read on for essential kids headphones buying advice. Find out how to keep children safe on the internet.

Headphones for kids are essential tech kit for parents as (1) none of us want to hear Spongebob for more than 10 minutes or be subjected to either blam-blam action gaming or the high-pitched whine of Alvin the Chipmonk, and (2) maybe we can listen to something else while the kids are amused on the computer, tablet, phone or TV.

Another good reason for investing in child-specific headphones is for use on long-haul flights. Getting your child to watch a couple of movies during a boring flight is a big bonus for parents.

The trouble is that airline-supplied headphones aren’t designed for small heads and so often slip off. These kids headphones shouldn’t do that.

But putting adult headphones on to your children’s head could endanger their hearing. See more on child headphone use below.

You should also consider fit, comfort and design, but also limit the amount of time a child uses headphones whatever the volume.

The maximum noise level recommended by many auditory health organizations is 85 decibels (dB), and to get our recommendation a child’s set of headphones shouldn’t, we believe, go any louder than that – Maxell and Sony sell sets at 90dB. Adult headphones usually peak at 115 decibels (equivalent to a loud train), and experts warn that you could experience severe hearing loss after just 15 minutes of listening every day.

Are any headphones safe for kids?

Experts also suggest that the time spent listening to headphones should be limited to two hours a day (for children and adults), even if the volume is limited at 85dB.

Limiting the volume on headphones you give to your kids is obviously a wise decision if you want to help protect their hearing, but some experts warn against children using any type of headphones.

While the World Health Organization (WHO) and EU state that 85dB is an effective safety limit, the US Environmental Protection Agency and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends 70dB as the average daily noise exposure level. That 85dB level is derived from occupational studies of noise exposure and hearing loss for adults, not children. 

The trouble is that 70dB is very quiet and will likely not drown out ambient noise, so 85dB becomes the norm despite it being potentially damaging to a young person’s hearing.

There are other reasons why even 85dB is unsafe for children, especially when using headphones or earbuds. Children’s ears are more sensitive to noise damage, possibly due to growth and development of nerve fibres and other cells. Also because of their smaller external auditory canals, the eardrum is closer to the sound source.  

Daniel Fink MD, who serves on the Board of the American Tinnitus Association, warns: “An industrial-strength occupational noise exposure level meant for truck drivers, factory workers and miners is far too loud for a child’s delicate ears, which have to last her or him a lifetime.”

Another consideration about headphone use is that when a child is listening to a device or the TV without headphones, the parent can readily ascertain if the noise level is too high. When the child is listening using headphones such monitoring is much more difficult.

A sensible compromise would be to invest in a decent set of headphones that limits volume, but also limit the length of time children wear them.

Best headphones for kids

With those warnings taken on board, we’ve rounded up the best kids headphones (and some that don’t make the grade) and tested them on a bunch of children and some discerning parents.

What we are looking for in a great set of kids headphones is an effective volume limiter to protect those sensitive ears, a good, comfortable fit for smaller heads, minimum noise leakage (the sound that others can hear outside of the headphones), and some kid-friendly fun in the design.

Don’t buy earbuds or any in-ear model for children – as the closer the sound source is to the delicate working of the inner ear, the more damage loud sound can do.

And just because your chosen headphones are volume limited, don’t let children wear them for hours on end. Even at 85dB prolonged headphone usage is not recommended.

Always remember that corded headphones pose a strangulation risk to young children, and as such most warn against under threes wearing them unsupervised. One solution is wireless headphones, although these cost more and require regular battery charging. If you can afford it, Bluetooth kids headphones are well worth consideration.

Best headphones for kids 2017

Griffin KaZoo MyPhones


Griffin KaZoo MyPhones

Puro Sound BT2200


Puro Sound BT2200

Snuggly Rascals kids headphones


Snuggly Rascals kids headphones

Smiggle Play


Smiggle Play

KitSound Levellers


KitSound Levellers

KitSound My Doodles


KitSound My Doodles

EasySMX Kids safe Headphones


EasySMX Kids safe Headphones

JVC Tiny Phones


JVC Tiny Phones

iFrogz Little Rockerz


iFrogz Little Rockerz

Maxell Kids Headphones


Maxell Kids Headphones

Kidz Gear Headphones


Kidz Gear Headphones

iFrogz Animatone


iFrogz Animatone

Groov-e Kidz


Groov-e Kidz

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