The Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (ACDHH) has released its 2017 list of the top-15 noisiest toys. Noisy toys are categorized as any toy that reaches a sound level of 85 dB or higher consistently.
Noise is the number one cause of hearing loss. Nearly 15 percent of school-age children (ages 6-19) have some degree of hearing loss.
“Every parent wants to keep their child safe and out of harm’s way,” said Sherri Collins, executive director of ACDHH. “However, they may not realize the danger that a toy’s noise level can pose to their child’s hearing. We want to raise awareness of these dangers to help keep children’s hearing intact.”
ACDHH researched some of the season’s most popular toys and found many that are too noisy and considered dangerous. Each decibel test was taken as if the child placed their ear next to the speaker. If your shopping list includes toys for the children in your life, you may want to look at The List before purchasing.