Noise cancelling headphones for children with autism have become very popular in just about the same pace as many other tech-enabled headphones. But, while making the appropriate choice for your child, volume control, comfort, sound quality, noise blocking, and balance all play a role. Your options are increasing with each passing year with more children being able to communicate this way. It is important that you make the proper choices so that you can give your child the best opportunity in life to learn how to communicate in a normal way and to enjoy the experience of communicating with others.
Comfort: One of the first things you should look for in your child’s headphones is whether or not they are comfortable. Your kid’s head has to fit comfortably over the padded headband. The padded headband should fit tightly around the temples. Also, the wires on the outside of the headband should not be snagged or bent which may result in discomfort.
Decibels: There is some controversy concerning the decibel level limits that are set by some manufacturers for their headphones. While other brands do adhere to these limits, others do not. A good guideline to go by is the one decibel above the level of hearing that is considered normal for an adult. This will help you make sure that any headset you are considering will not result in injury to your kid. Many parents find that keeping their kids away from extremely noisy environments will help them to limit the impact of the devices on their kids’ ears. In addition, the lower decibel levels will prevent sudden ear ringing which may be a problem for kids who are normally exposed to very high decibels in noisy environments.
Ears: A good pair of earphones for kids with Autism will have soft padded headbands and ear pads which are not too plush. You want to be able to feel the padding of the headphones against your child’s ears. You also want to be able to move freely within the ear pads so that you can determine how comfortable your kid is using the headphones. A child should never be forced to wear headphones that are uncomfortable.
Compatibility: It is best that your child is able to use the headphones with his or her own large heads as this reduces problems such as tinnitus or hearing loss caused by other factors. Another consideration to make is if the headphones can be used with different types of phones such as Bluetooth or wired. Wireless headphones are more easily used for children but most Bluetooth headsets can only be used with specific phones. Steel headbands are the best headphones for children with Autism that can be used with all types of phones. It is important to try several different brands before making a decision so that you can try out a wide variety of headphones for kids with Autism.
Price: The cost of the headphones for kids with Autism should be determined in a few different areas. There are a few factors that go into setting the cost of the headphone such as the brand, the durability, the build quality and the additional features on the unit. The main consideration that goes into pricing is whether or not the unit is going to be adequate. In other words, the cost is determined by the extent of use and whether the kid is using the device enough. If the kid is not going to be using the headphones on a regular basis then a lower priced model may be adequate. However, a high-priced headphone may be adequate for occasional use for sporting events or if you can find a childrens’ model that has additional features such as water-proofing.