If you’re a parent, you probably know about the dangers of loud sounds and what it can do for your hearing. Prolonged exposure to loud sounds above 85 decibels can cause hearing loss and that’s not something you want to expose your child too. Many devices that children use today have noise levels much higher than 85 decibels. For example, an MP3 player at maximum level is roughly on 105 decibels. Sure some of these devices warn users not to go past a certain volume limit, but it’s easy to override those settings. That’s why, if you want to protect your children’s hearing, it’s best to go with a set of headphones that feature volume-limiting technology that maintains volume levels up to 85 decibels such as the BuddyPhones Travel Edition by onandoff.

BuddyPhones are headphones made specifically for young children. They are made of a flexible plastic and in the case of the Travel Edition, feature a padded synthetic leather, adjustable headband for added comfort and style. The earpads are also wrapped in synthetic leather and cushioned for comfort. The BuddyPhone come in a rainbow of colors – blue, green, orange, and pink – and each can be personalized with the included stickers.

These are pretty stylish looking for kids headphones, but the main feature you’ll care most about is the fact that these limit volume up to 85 decibels. Even if you crank the volume all the way up on your device, they will not go past the 85 decibel limit. Another rather neat feature that you don’t see too often is the built in BuddyCable audio splitter. This means that if you have more than one child and they are sharing a device, they can both use headphones on the same device by just plugging into each other. Up to four headphones can be plugged in at once.


The onanoff BuddyPhones Travel are probably the nicest looking of the “made for kids” headphones out there, that I know of. I’m sure the sound quality from adult headphones are much better, but do you really want to risk the health of your child’s ears with something that could cause permanent damage? I know I don’t which is why I’ve always used volume-limiting headphones on my kids. They’re young enough where they don’t need absolute high end sound quality from headphones costing hundreds of dollars. For the low price of entry on these, I know their ears will be safe from harm, until they’re old enough to mess them up on their own.


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