Some of you who have been following my blog for a while know that I am also a musician. I’ve been a singer most of my life. That means loud music, loud bands, super loud drummers and CRAZY loud guitars. Man those guitar player love to blast it. Well I don’t have to tell you that it really does affect your hearing after years of that type of exposure. I was recently asked if I’d review these cool high tech ETY Kids earphones. Of course I was interested because I want to protect Matilda’s hearing and she is already showing signs that she loves music and she is only one. Which means Ipods and earphones are in her future.
What makes ETY Kids earphones cool is they will protect your child’s ears from damage caused by loud music. Even at the maximum volume setting on portable players kids can listen safely for up to four hours daily. The biggest reason is these earphones block out background noise. After all isn’t that why we always turn up the volume to over compensate for chatter boxes in the room or other noise interfering with our cool jams? At least that’s why I always turned mine up. So if you are concerned about your child’s hearing, and as parents all of us should be, these earphones offer a great solution. Plus they really do block out noise. I tried them on before I did this review and my house went silent- weird. They are also comfortable and come with some extra pieces for a perfect fit. Here is an excerpt from their press release so you can get some more information on Etymotic and their amazing product.
“Most parents understand that headphones and earbuds can pose a real threat to hearing health, but are unsure how to manage their kids’ listening time or material,” said Mark Karnes managing director of consumer products for Etymotic. “Our goal is to provide a peace-of-mind solution for concerned parents who want to establish good listening habits while children are young.”
ETY•Kids are available in two versions – the ETY•Kids3 three-button control headset with mic designed to work with Apple products, with an MSRP of $79; and the ETY•Kids5 universal earphone that works with any portable device, with an MSRP of $49. The ETY•Kids3 headset will feature AWARENESS! for Etymotic, an app that “listens” to users’ surroundings and mixes any noise louder than normal background sounds directly into the earphones, so kids can hear traffic, announcements or any other important sounds while they are listening. Both products provide clear, high-definition speech and music reproduction and come with kid-friendly eartips to ensure a seal that blocks outside sound.
Etymotic is showing the ETY•Kids3, along with the ETY•Kids5 and a range of other products that promote hearing wellness at International CES 2012, booth 4014.
The company will feature an interactive demo at the booth that shows the difference in sound quality and volume when music is heard through standard Apple earbuds and the ETY•Kids3.
ETY•Kids was recently awarded the PTPA (Parent Tested Parent Approved) Winner’s Seal of Approval. PTPA Media has North America’s largest volunteer parent testing community, with over 40,000 parents participating.
Etymotic Research is leading the way through all of its company efforts to educate, advocate, protect, enhance and provide the enjoyment of the listening experience for consumers at all ages and stages of life. For more information about Etymotic, its hearing wellness mission and its products, please visit www.etymotic.com. “
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post I did however receive the product to conduct the review. All opinions are strictly my own>