By sheer coincidence, I was asked if I would be interested in testing a new pair of safety headphones for children, at exactly the same time as IJ decided she wanted an ipod.
She didn't get an ipod of course, but I have downloaded a selection of her song choices onto mine. Occasionally she is allowed to borrow it.
So the opportunity to receive a free pair of MyPhones came at exactly the right time. As hearing problems run in the family (and IJ sees a consultant audiologist every six months for check-ups) I was really interested to read about a pair of headphones that claims to protect children's ears.
The MyPhones feature a maximum volume limit; they cap the volume at 85 decibels which is the maximum sustained volume level recommended by regulatory agencies such as the OSHA and CDC (both American agencies).
We tested them on our recent car drive to Manchester and they made the journey so much easier. IJ really liked them; they were comfortable to wear and I could relax knowing that she was not playing the volume too high. They lived up to their claims of being adjustable and durable; there was little chance of IJ breaking them as she pulled them on and off. The shell caps can also be customised, so IJ opted for pink. I liked the fact that the headphones fit outside the ear so there are no parts entering the ear channel.
The MyPhones came with their own plastic case, the idea being that kids can grab them and use them on the move. However, the case was very difficult to open and I trapped my fingers in it twice.
The headphones themselves, I thought were excellent, and I liked the fact that there is a section about ear safety on the MyPhones website. They are relatively expensive at £29.99 but I thought they were good value for money and durable enough to last.