Each day, your little one is exposed to different kinds of sounds. Even toys nowadays– the electronic and interactive ones, feature music as part of their most saleable qualities. Digital toys have built-in sounds meant to be repeated or played loudly to catch your tot’s attention. How can parents know when such toys are dangerously loud for their tykes? Ear specialists give their expert advice on the effects of noisy toys and how you can protect your child’s ears from getting damaged.
How can one tell when a sound is already considered harmful to a child’s ears? Bernabe S. Singson, M.D., Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT) Head and Neck Surgery Specialist at St. Luke’s Medical Center says noise occurs when a sound becomes loud enough to disturb a conversation. Basically, noise is present when people start having a difficult time hearing one another. Gem Mañosa, consultant for Tomatis Philippines, a center which offers auditory training therapy to children, defines noise as “having a hard time filtering out a particular sound due to the presence of unnecessary sounds.”
Noise is a form of auditory distraction, says Mañosa, who notes the difference between “hearing” and “listening.” Hearing is a passive action, whereas listening is an actual voluntary action where the subject wants to understand what he hears.