Category: Hearing Loss Prevention (HLP)
Abstract: An Amazon search for “baby noise reduction” yields over 900 ear muff results, most claiming to provide attenuation, evidenced by Noise Reduction Ratings (NRRs). However, the Environmental Protection Agency mandated calculation of NRRs with adult listeners. This project measured attenuation differences for data collected using an industry-standard adult model compared to data on infant and toddler hearing protective devices collected using a novel child-sized model. Findings and recommendations for clinicians and parents will be presented.