Holiday Hazards: Loud toys raise concerns

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The intensity of noise coming from popular talking toys is raising questions for consumer and product experts this holiday season.

According to the annual Trouble in Toyland report released last month by the US Public Interest Research Group, loud toys are a big concern this year.

Many toys, including brand names ones from Vtech and Fisher-Price, measured high decibel levels, yet still fall in line with the federal standards.

For instance, according to the report, the Vtech Smart Wheels vehicles measure at 85db at ear and 70db at about 20 inches.

Hearing instrument specialist, Gary Huller says noisy toys like these could have a lasting impact on kids.

“A child’s skull is thinner than an adult. Their cochlear can be damaged easier,” said Huller. “But, you would have to expose them a long time at that level. If you get a little louder than that, you can do some instant damage.”

Huller says a good rule to go by, is if it’s too loud for you as an adult, it’s too loud for your kids.

He adds anything higher than 90db is a red flag for kid’s developing ears.

Be sure to join WNCT’s Maria Satira as she takes a look at the dangers of another type of potentially toxic contamination.

9 On Your Side’s Holiday Hazards series continues Thursday morning at 5:40 and 6:40.

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