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Loud sounds can cause hearing damage in children and teens. Certain toys make loud noises.
Loud toys can be even more harmful if your child holds them up to their ear or hears them often. The noise can cause pain and hearing loss.
The risk of harm can be more if your child takes medications that affect hearing, such as some chemotherapy drugs and IV antibiotics.
Loud items and situations include:
You can reduce harm from loud noises by:
Before you buy a new toy or item that makes noise, check to see if it makes a loud sound. Do not buy it if it seems too loud to you.
If you already have some loud toys at home, consider removing batteries from battery-powered toys.
You can learn more about preventing hearing loss from loud noises at noisyplanet.nidcd.nih.gov.
Reviewed: July 2022