Sensitivity to noise varies from one individual to another. Children make up a special risk group.
Sometimes we expose small children to a noisy environment without even thinking about the potential danger. They ride along in the motorboat, accompany Dad to the shooting range, "drive" the tractor with Granddad, listen to big sister's stereo and so on. A study from the Sahlgrenska university hospital in Gothenburg shows that 50% of all children between 9 and 16 have experienced tinnitus, buzzing or ringing in their ears at some time.
Noise-induced damage can cause trouble sleeping and give rise to stress. It can make it difficult to hear what others are saying. Attention and learning capacity can be decreased. The risk of hearing damage increases with volume and with the length of time spent in the noisy environment. The character of the noise also influences the risk of damage.
Peltor Kid hearing protectors effectively attenuate harmful loud noises without shutting out other ambient sounds. The hearing protector is easy to wear, with a low profile and no protruding parts that can catch on things. The wide, foam-filled ear cushions ensure that the set doesn't squeeze uncomfortably, and there is plenty of space for the ears inside the shells.
All photos were taken at the 2007 Oya Music Festival in Norway.
Oya was one of two times I saw those in use over the summer.