An ear nose and throat specialist bought the loudest toys he could find, and measured their outputs using a sound level meter. More than two dozen toys make noise at 85dB, a level loud enough to cause permanent hearing damage over eight hours.
Even more concerning, the Space Raider Glow Space Gun measured in at 115dB! That is comparable to a rock concert, and can cause irreversible damage in as little as 30 seconds.
Things to consider:
You can download an app on your phone to measure the output of a toy in the store before you buy it. Or, if your kid has his or her heart set on a certain toy with an inappropriate noise level, consider muting the speaker with some tape or glue.
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