There is little public mention of the hearing damage that iPods and portable listening devices can do to our kids. Currently, there is not enough awareness with parents to easily help evaluate these noise levels, and protect their kids from damaging their eardrums.
Three ways to deal with this: 1) Inform parents that it is a concern. 2) Offer alternative devices that will protect their hearing. 3) Learn how to adjust their device, to a maximum volume level.
Here are some products that replace iPod ear buds and will not easily fall out of the ear:
Safe Volume Earbuds and Headphones (less than $30.00)
Earbuds made by Ultimate Ears that are specifically designed for children in three great colors! (Under $50.00 that includes a carrying case!)
Tadpole Headphones – over the ear (less than $15)
Headphones for Kids! (less than $20.00)
MDR-222KD Children’s Headphones (Under $20, AND they come in pink)
An alternative to just buying these headphones is to learn the easy way Apple has offered up a setting on their mp3 players.