In this age of electronics and personal earbud entertainment, noise-induced hearing loss is an ongoing issue, and of particular concern with children, who may not be aware of the noisy dangers lurking in their ears. To that end, USA Today has offered some ideas for volume-limiting headphones you can buy for your kids that can help preserve their hearing.
Aside from the fact that noise-induced hearing loss is permanent, there are other safety concerns about electronic devices that you need to be aware of, for both your children and yourself. For example, heavy cell phone use without the aid of speaker phone or a well-shielded wired headset is a cancer risk in the making.
If it were my choice, I would not let a child use a cell phone at all, as children are far more vulnerable to cell phone radiation than adults. Even with adults, studies show that those who use their cell phones the most are twice as likely to develop lethal brain cancer (glioma) compared to those whose exposure is minimal.
So, while you’re shopping for a safe headset, be sure it uses a combination of shielded wire and air-tube. These operate like a stethoscope, transmitting the sound to your head as an actual sound wave; although there are wires that still must be shielded, there is no wire that goes all the way up to your head.
Also avoid carrying your cell phone on your body, and do not sleep with it under your pillow or near your head. Placing a cell phone in your bra or in a shirt pocket over your heart is also asking for trouble, as the most dangerous place to be, in terms of radiation exposure, is within about six inches of the emitting antenna.