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Study reveals noisy Christmas toys can damage hearing

ced impulse sounds, only the peak level dB(C) was recorded for that toy.

Regulations and safety standards for toys British Standards are not compulsory, theyre recommendations. The latest British and European Standard for toys (BS EN 71-1:2005) states that:

  • The noise from a toy held close to the ear should not exceed 80dB(A) for a daily exposure of 8 hours. This equates to approximately 85dB(A) for a normal playtime situation (2.5 hours).
  • The peak noise level of any toy except cap guns should not exceed 110dB(C)
  • The peak noise level of a cap gun should not exceed 125dB(C)

This Standard also recommends that:
  • If the peak noise produced by a toy exceeds 110db(C), the potential danger to hearing shall be drawn to the attention of the user.
  • Toys which produce high impulse sound levels, or their packaging, shall carry the following warning: "Warning! Do not use close to the ear! Misuse may cause damage to hearing." For toys using percussion caps add: "Do not fire indoors!" American safety standards are also available.

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Contact: David Reid
david.reid@deafnessresearch.org.uk
44-020-767-98953
Deafness Research UK
11-Dec-2006


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