Hidden Hearing Responds to Report that Reveals Dangerously Noisy Toys

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The hearing specialists at Hidden Hearing have responded to a report in the US that reveals some of the must have Christmas toys emit harmful noise levels.

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To protect the hearing of your family, avoid buying toys that emit particularly loud sounds or exposure to these toys for a long period of time.

The report looked at 200 toys at major retailers in the US for the twenty-seventh annual report by the US Public Interest Research Group.

They found several toys found to exceed 80 decibels, the level deemed by hearing experts as safe. The Dora The Explorer Tunes Guitar, which is available in the UK, was deemed excessively loud as it emitted sounds of up to 85dB.

The report recommends that if a toy seems too loud to an adult, it is probably too loud for the child. To avoid hearing damage, they advise putting tape over the speakers of toys or removing the batteries.

A spokesperson from Hidden Hearing said:

“With Christmas approaching, many households will be experiencing excessively loud and noisy toys. To protect the hearing of your family, avoid buying toys that emit particularly loud sounds or exposure to these toys for a long period of time. If you do believe your hearing has been affected, book a hearing test as soon as possible.”

With more than 40 years’ experience in treating hearing loss, Hidden Hearing is entrusted with the care of more than 100,000 people each year. The firm has 84 hearing centres across the UK, all catering for a range of needs and budgets. Specialising in hearing tests and hearing aids, the company also offer a variety of hearing aid accessories and in 2005, became the first dedicated hearing retailer to be recognised as an Investor in People.

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