Kid tech is becoming as common as it is for adults. From MP3 players, handheld games, and even phones, kids as young as 2 years old are using tech products. It’s not uncommon to see kids in restaurants, doctor waiting rooms or on planes with some sort of audio/video technology in their hands. And with these, the kids are often attached to the product by some type of headphones or earbuds. Often they’re the white-wired earbuds that came with the product, which were designed for adult ears.
As a tech-having family, BabyGirl has had access to a variety of technology since she was very young. One thing I’ve been very concerned with is how she uses it. When she was younger, I didn’t mind her using her tech without headphones. I am keenly aware that the development of her hearing needs to be nurtured, not compromised. And using headphones specifically designed for kids is one way to do that.
Recently we spent over 10 hours either in airports or on planes, and much of that time was spent listening to or watching something on an iPad, Kindle Fire or iPhone. For months I’ve been waiting for the Ety-Kids headphones to come out. These are headphones made just for kids by the world-leader in hearing research and assistive products, Etymotic.
As a parent (or auntie/uncle, grandparent, caregiver), you too are likely fussing with kids to wear headphones. Younger kids, especially, have a difficult time. Their heads are too small for standard over-the-ear type headphones so they keep falling off or getting out of position. That often defeats the point you’re trying to achieve – a few moments to yourself while your child is engaged. So, you pull out the earbuds that came with the item, or whatever pair you have around, and try to stuff them into their little ears. All the while you’re empathizing with them about how uncomfortable they are.
Shortly before heading to Disney World, I received a pair of Ety-Kids 5 earphones for BabyGirl to try. I was excited, because these were not only specifically designed to protect kids’ hearing but to fit their little ears too. As owners of noise-isolation headphones, which we mainly use on planes, both CycleGuy and I were glad to see that these under $50 earphones incorporated the same technology as much more expensive products. Rather than encouraging kids to crank up the volume, the Ety-Kids earphones actually block out the background noise that is what causes them to raise the volume.
The earphones came with 3 in-ear tip sizes. The shape is conical so the earpiece fits more snugly and further into the ear. This means they fit better. Added to this is that the tips are flexible and soft making them much more comfortable. That was one of the first comments BabyGirl had. She liked that they didn’t hurt her ears.
Once on the plane, she was able to put them in – which requires a bit of a twist – and listen to her programs and music. When she had to get up she kept the earphone in, just unplugging them from her device. But when she had to take them out for landing, that was the true test. That’s when she realized how much quieter it was with them in.
I call these the ONE must-have tech accessory for kids for several reasons:
1. They are made just for kids
2. They protect hearing
3. They are comfortable
4. They are more than just headphones because they have noise cancellation technology
5. They’re from a company that is the leader in hearing research
6. They’re from a company sought out by musicians for the best hearing-related products
7. They’re under $50!!
So how do you get some? Glad you asked! Here is a link to buy directly from Etymotic:
Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary Ety-Kids 5 headset. I was not required to write about them, nor was this post reviewed by a third-party. If you click the link to purchase, you will be taken to the Etymotic website. I did not receive any compensation for this post, nor will I if you choose to purchase. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.