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Did you know that 15% of children between the ages of 6 and 19 have a measurable hearing loss in at least one ear. The biggest culprit? Loud sound filtering through tiny  earbuds, directly into their tiny ears. So, how can you protect your kids? Turn down the volume! For good.

If you child uses an iPod, iPhone or iPad, you can lower the maximum volume on the device. That way, they can only turn it up as loud as is safely possible. Will they thank you? Maybe not now. But maybe later in life, when they still have their hearing? Well, yeah they probably won’t thank you then, either. But they should.

Here’s how to set the volumeScreen Shot 2016-05-25 at 10.49.54 AM

  • Open Settings
  • Scroll down to Music, and tap to open
  • Scroll down to Volume Limit, and tap to open
  • Drag the scroller to the left, to the desired upper limit

What does this do?

This prevents music from unexpectedly blasting your kid’s ears.
It also prevents them from listening to music at unhealthy volumes, especially with earbuds or headphones,
when the sound is more concentrated, and it’s harder for you to monitor.

How to keep your kids from changing it back?Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 10.49.46 AM

To lock the changes:

  • Go back into Settings
  • Tap General to open it
  • Scroll down to Restrictions and tap to open
  • Choose a 4-digit passcode
  • Scroll down to Volume Limit and tap to open
  • Tap Don’t Allow Changes

There’s also a solution for those songs that play more quietly than usual. I’m talking about the ones where the only way to hear them properly is to crank up the volume. That’s where the Sound Check setting comes in handy. It lets the device scan all the songs stored on it to understand the basic volume, and adjust it accordingly, without affecting the quality of the sound.

SmartSound EarbudsOne final step

Be careful. Some headphones and external speakers have volume controls that override the Apple device. Better to use products that are designed to protect hearing, such as the SmartSound earbuds, which protect hearing while delivering excellent sound, with Reverse Sound Technology. This is true for children and adults.

Is it worth it?

You only have two ears. Damage to the inner ear caused by ongoing exposure to loud noises is one of the leading causes of hearing loss, and in cases like this, it’s preventable. So do your kids a favor. Turn it down.

Want to know 15 more ways to protect your child’s hearing? Check out this free download from ClearSounds: Hearing Safety Tips from ClearSounds

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