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Can white noise damage my child's hearing?

Babies Health Parenting

A report came out a while back showing that the use of white noise machines can be damaging your child’s hearing. This report made a lot of parents concerned that the products they use to help their baby go to sleep might actually be bad for them. So we decided to clear up some of the questions surrounding white noise machines, and what to look for when you are choosing a sound product for your child.

The report that was published by the journal Pediatrics, came from a study done in hospitals and NICU units, where they tested “infant sleep machines” on full volume (85 dB) for eight hours straight or more. They concluded that the combination of maximum volume and extremely long duration of exposure together could possibly contribute to a potential risk to infants under the age of 6 months.

You should however be aware that the study was conducted in a very restricted environment and was specifically designed to test high volume sound with regard to children who were sick and in hospitals and NICU areas. The researchers actually stated that future studies on groups of non-hospitalized children are required to corroborate any type of damage in infant hearing development.

So based on the study, here are some helpful hints when shopping for any kind of sleep machine for your child:

  •   Look for products with a built in timer. That way you won’t have the sound on all night, and you don’t have to remember to shut it off once baby is sleeping.
  •   Also look for products with adjustable volume. The noise does not need to be loud in order to soothe your child to sleep.
  •   You can determine the sound level in the room by moving the sound machine closer or further away from the child’s bed.
  •   It’s not only white noise that helps soothe baby to sleep. Look for products that have a variety of sounds so you can pick the one that works best for your child.

At Kids Trading Company we carry the Soothing Sounds collection from CloudB which are in compliance with the strictest testing and compliance standards worldwide, including when set to highest volume. The Sleep Sheep, Gentle Giraffe, Nighty Night Owl and Bubbly Bunny all come with built in timers and volume controls. They also come with a choice of between 4-8 different sounds so you can pick the one that your child responds to the best, and you could even use different ones for nap time and sleep time. If you have any questions about the CloudB Soothing Sounds products, email us or stop in the store anytime.

You can read the full study here.

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