Saturday, December 23, 2006

Loud Toys Can be Harmful

If your dear Aunt Ida bought your kids Fireman Sam's Action Jupiter and Tomy's "Spin n' Sound" remote controlled car, or a dozen other loud toys for this holiday season, then you should beware.

Parents are being advised to limit kids' use of noisy toys because some toys can emit noise at a high enough level to cause permanent hearing damage if held too close to the ear. This conclusion comes out of new research from the UK.

Noise levels of 15 popular toys for children aged 3 months to 15 years were tested. The recommended top noise limit for toys is 85 decibels. Prolonged exposure to noise above this level can cause permanent hearing damage. Noise of 140 decibels or above can cause immediate hearing damage.

Anyone for a nice quiet game of Junior Monopoly, Milles Borne, or Uno?