Many children and adults can be sensitive to sound and noises.
This can impact on their ability to function both at home and in the community. For some people it can place significant limitations on them because they avoid places and situations that might be noisy, crowded, chaotic or have the possibility of unexpected noises. In turn, this can effect those around them.
Situations at school require careful management such as school assemblies, the playground, concerts.
Family outings are planned around noise sensitivity as well.
At Starfish, we have three main options for noise reduction to help individuals and families have more freedom of choice, engagement and participation both at home and the community.
1. Em’s for Kids Child Earmuffs
These are designed for children from 6mths up to smaller adults (they fit me comfortably).
They are folding, compact hearing protection earmuffs with an average noise reduction rating of 26dB.
I prefer these for children, as they are placed over the ear rather than in the ear.
I also like that they don’t distort the way the wearer’s voice sounds to them – an issue with other products that are inserted into the ear canal, and which may be disconcerting for young children.
Go straight to our Kids Noise Reduction Headphones here.
2. Sensgard Ear Chamber Headphones
These are suitable for older children, adolescents and adults. They are lightweight, foldable (they can fit into your bag or backpack) and won’t cause over heating of the head and ears.
When not in use, they can be slipped around the neck or folded and put in your pocket.
They have a high noise reduction rating of 31dB, while still allowing you to hear people talking. They block background noise and low frequencies.
Go to our SensGard Headphones here.
3. VIBES Ear Plugs
These ear buds, or ear plugs, fit comfortably into the outer ear canal and are designed for all ages 8yrs+
They are Hi-Fidelity Earplugs which use acoustic filtering to lower the volume while still allowing the wearer to hear everything around them clearly (including people talking). These have a noise reduction rating of 15dB and do not muffle sound (as many ear muffs and ear plugs do).
The Vibes ear Plugs are discreet (virtually invisible!), and ideal for concerts and group or social situations eg church, scouts etc. The set includes 3 different sizes of interchangeable tips to ensure a good fit.
These ear plugs were originally designed for the concert goer, however they have been widely picked up by the Autism community, those with Auditory Processing Disorder, ADHD or other hearing issues. I checked with the manufacturer, and they’ve had positive feedback from families who have used them with children as young as 6 and 7yrs. However it all depends on the “fit” and that will depend on the size of their ear/ear canal. Also, the ear plugs are small, so should be used under supervision with young children.
Go direct to our Vibes Ear Plugs here.