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Experts say noisy toys could damage your child’s hearing

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Before parents put presents under the tree, hearing specialists want you to be sure the gift will not cause hearing issues.

Many toys out on the market can actually cause hearing damage according to Doctor Nicole Smith with Everclear Hearing Products.

She said no toy should be louder than 85 decibels.

The noise level is sometimes indicated in the toy manual, but Smith suggests parents download one of a number of free apps that measure audio levels to check toys themselves.

Doctor Smith told News 18 some toys reach over 100 decibels, the same level as a jet engine. That can cause serious side effects from temporary to permanent damage.

Where you have a sustained amount of noise exposure you can have a permanent threshold shift which would be permanent hearing loss that is not reversible," Smith said.

Smith adds that putting tape over a toy's speaker can help bring the noise level down.

Below is a list of some toys to avoid.

Mary Pautsch

Mary came to News 18 in July 2019 from Sioux City, Iowa where she graduated from Morningside College with a BA in Spanish after attending Iowa State University for 3 years.

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