An Ongoing Study of Noise Levels of Toys If you walk down a few aisles in a toy store, you can’t miss them, toys that make noise. Their packages exclaim “Try me!” and “Lights and Sounds!” For the past nine years, the Sight and Hearing Association (SHA), a nonprofit organization based in Minnesota, has tested toys for ... Article
Article  |   April 01, 2007
An Ongoing Study of Noise Levels of Toys
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  • Julee Sylvester
    Sight & Hearing Association Saint Paul, MN
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Article   |   April 01, 2007
An Ongoing Study of Noise Levels of Toys
Perspectives on Hearing Conservation and Occupational Audiology, April 2007, Vol. 11, 9-11. doi:10.1044/hcoa11.1.9
Perspectives on Hearing Conservation and Occupational Audiology, April 2007, Vol. 11, 9-11. doi:10.1044/hcoa11.1.9
If you walk down a few aisles in a toy store, you can’t miss them, toys that make noise. Their packages exclaim “Try me!” and “Lights and Sounds!” For the past nine years, the Sight and Hearing Association (SHA), a nonprofit organization based in Minnesota, has tested toys for potentially dangerous noise levels. We want to know if these toys are merely annoying or are they potentially harmful to a child’s ears,
There have been a few studies in the past regarding noise levels from toys (Hellstrom, Dengerink, & Axelsson, 1992; Clark & Nadler, 1999). However, we wanted to provide ongoing information for the consumer about the acoustics of toys currently on toy store shelves.
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