Your children have sensitive ears that need protection if you’re planning to take them to a loud event such as a music festival or Formula 1 race. Prevention is better than cure, so you should take action to protect your kids’ hearing now rather than letting them damage their hearing at an early age.
Both adults and kids are recommended to wear ear protection in environments where the noise is 90 decibels or above. Here are just a few environments where you might want to think about protecting your child’s hearing with ear defenders:
- Music festivals and gigs
- Large cinemas
- Football matches, Formula 1 races and other sporting events
- Fireworks displays
- Air shows
Best Ear Defenders for Kids (UK 2018)
|Image||Name||Age Range||SNR Rating||Weight||Price|
|Edz Kidz Ear Defenders||6 months+||26||190 g||£10.95|
|Snug Safe n Sound Kids Ear Defenders||6 months+||25||180 g||£9.95|
|Banz Mini Earmuffs||3 months+||26||142 g||£13.75|
|Vanderfields Ear Defenders for Kids||6 months+||26 (NRR)||180 g||£9.95|
|3M Peltor Kids Ear Muffs||27||259 g||£20.04|
Below you can read our reviews of what we consider to be the top 5 ear defenders for children available in the UK in 2018.
1. Edz Kidz Ear Defenders
|£10.95||26 dB||190 grams||Children aged 6 months and over|
These ear defenders come in a huge choice of colours and designs, meaning there’s bound to be a pair your child will love. They’re very light at just 190 grams, and have an SNR of 26 dB, which provides a good level of protection. These ear defenders are suitable for children from 6 months and above.
- Adjustable and should fit most children comfortably
- Large choice of colours and designs
- Break easily
2. Snug Safe n Sound Kids Ear Defenders
|£9.95||25 dB||180 grams||Children aged 6 months and over|
These ear defenders come in a choice of four colours: green, pink, red and yellow. They fit both kids and adults, meaning you can wear them yourself when your child doesn’t need them. They only weigh 180 grams and can be easily folded for carrying them around.
Snug Safe n Sound Kids Ear Defenders meet the European Safety Standard EN 352-1 and have an SNR of 25 dB.
These ear defenders are recommended for children and babies from the age of 6 months and upwards.
- Fun design with a large choice of colours available
- Adjustable, and can be worn by adults as well children
- Comfortable for most people
- Relatively low level of noise reduction (SNR of 25 dB)
- Too large for some kids
3. Banz Mini Earmuffs
|£13.75||26 dB||142 grams||Children aged 3 months and over|
These earmuffs are designed for children and babies from 3 months upwards. They’re available in pink or blue, and offer comfortable protection against loud noises. Banz Mini Earmuffs have an adjustable headband and soft-cushioned ear cups to provide maximum comfort. They’re ideal for taking your baby or toddler to watch the fireworks.
These ear defenders weigh 142 grams, making them the lightest product reviewed here. The Banz Mini Earmuffs have an SNR of 26 dB, which means they offer a decent amount of volume reduction.
- Good for babies
- Very light
- Good at reducing the volume of fireworks
- Not ideal for older kids
4. Vanderfields Ear Defenders for Kids
|£9.95||26 dB||180 g||Children aged 6 months and older|
These ear defenders from Vanderfields are another highly-adjustable pair. Much like the Snug pair, they should comfortably fit all the way into adulthood. They also come in a range of colours, much like the other ear defenders on this list.
Portability is a major selling point of these ear defenders. They can be folded up and slipped into a handbag or rucksack with no problems. This is especially useful for when your toddler doesn’t want to wear them.
If comfort is an issue, these ear defenders have reasonably thick padding on both the cups and the headband. They should give a reasonable seal without compromising on comfort, which is excellent for long concerts or a lengthy day in town.
- Should fit children as they get older
- Easy to fold up and carry
- Can be fiddly to put on
5. 3M Peltor Kids Ear Muffs
|£20.04||27 dB||175 grams||Children aged 5 and over|
3M have brought their expertise in manufacturing professional hearing protection to these ear defenders for kids. The 3M Peltor Kids Ear Muffs are designed for children aged 5 and over.
They have an SNR rating of 27 dB, which is higher than most ear defenders for children. Despite offering serious protection, the 3M Peltor Kids Ear Muffs have a fun design and are available in a choice of colours (neon green or pink).
These ear defenders have soft plastic cushions and an adjustable headphone to help your child get the right fit.
- Adjustable, and should fit most children
- Sturdy and well made
- Made by a reputable brand
- Too tight for some children
- Relatively expensive
How to Choose Ear Defenders for Kids
Kids’ ear defenders are essentially the same as adults’ ear defenders, only smaller and with more fun, colourful designs. However, buying ear defenders for your children is a bit different to buying them for yourself. Here are the three keys to choosing the best ear defenders for your kids:
- Look for a high SNR rating
Ear defenders usually have an SNR rating, which is an estimate of the reduction in sound offered by the ear defenders measured in decibels. An SNR of 25 is equivalent to a 25 decibel reduction in the volume of the sound hitting your ear drums. It’s important to note that the SNR rating applies to loud sounds only – quieter sounds won’t be reduced in volume by as much as the SNR rating. The best ear defenders for children have SNR ratings of 25 dB or above.
2. Let your child choose the colour
Children can be very picky about colours and designs, so it’s a good idea to let them choose the colour of their ear defenders. Getting ear defenders with a design your child likes will make it much easier to persuade them to wear them.
3. Make sure they’re made for the right age group
Some ear defenders for children are suitable for babies and toddlers, while others are only suitable for older children over the age of 5. You should check that the ear defenders you’re looking at will fit children of your child’s age before buying them.
To summarise, look for age-appropriate ear defenders with a design your child will like and an SNR rating of 25 or above.
Why ear defenders and not ear plugs?
There are two main choices of ear protection: in-ear ear plugs and over-ear ear defenders. Young children usually don’t like ear plugs, so ear defenders are a better option. They’re also safer as they go over the ear rather than in it.
In addition to safeguarding your child’s ears against hearing loss and tinnitus, ear defenders are also great for noise-sensitive children including children with autism.