This brief review is a bit overdue as a result of a WordPress related glitch last week. I wanted to get this out there for parents who are worried about their kids damaging their hearing as a result of using headphones and listening at dangerously high volume levels.
My Son Elliott has been using the Etymotic Research ETY-Kids 5 Safe-Listening In-Ear Headphones for a little while now.
Elliott is huge into music and if he’s awake, he’s got earbuds in. He loves his Bose CQ 35 II NC headphones but can’t wear them all the time. Lizze and I have been concerned about him damaging his hearing because he tends to listen at higher volumes.
When I was approached to do this review, I jumped on it because Elliott loves new earbuds and I love his ability to hear. I figured that this would be potentially beneficial to the community. 😉
I mentioned this would be brief because there’s not a whole lot to say about wired ear buds. These are meant to serve a purpose and they do that well.
Here are my thoughts:
- They work
- They sound good
- They come with multiple tips
- They come with a nice carrying case that fits easily in your pocket
- Most importantly, they protect your child’s ears by limiting the volume without making it difficult to use
- They seem to be durable
- At $45, they may be a bit pricey
- The elongated tips were uncomfortable for Elliott but they do include other options that worked
Overall, I really like the idea behind these. They sound really good and they limit the volume so that my son doesn’t damage his hearing. I didn’t realize that you could get anything like this.
Our previous solution was the default limitations that Android places on volume but that’s easily circumvented. I’m sure there are other software solutions but having the headphones or earbuds themselves being that solution, means they work with everything they plug into. That saves a great deal of time and effort.
If you’re interested in trying the Etymotic Research ETY-Kids 5 Safe-Listening In-Ear Headphones with your child, visit here. Shipping is free and they offer a 60 day return policy. If you try them out, I’d love to know what you think…