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7 Most Popular Noise-Canceling Earmuffs For Kids

7 Most Popular Noise-Canceling Earmuffs For Kids

Kids are sensitive to smell, taste or hearing. At an early age, the bodies are still adapting to the environment. If proper care is not taken, there can be permanent damage. Kids have excellent hearing, but it can be affected because of their constant interaction and exposure to loud sounds like loud instruments, television, airplanes, etc. The damage can be prevented by using earmuffs. Some earmuffs are designed specifically for kids.

Here are some of the best earmuffs available in the market for infants. They provide excellent protection to the sensitive hearing of the children.

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1. Baby Benz Infant Hearing Protection Earmuffs

It is a significant and efficient way of keeping the kids hearing safe. These earmuffs are highly compatible. Their weight is just 6.7 ounce. It is easy to carry around because of its small size. It has a snug fitting and has excellent balance. These earmuffs are available in different colors like green, blue, purple and pink. They are highly recommended for infants.

2. 3M Peltor Junior Earmuff

These are very popular noise-canceling earmuffs for kids. They have a noise reduction rating of 22 which is excellent. They are more suited for small aged children as they are small in size. Their cushions are filled with liquid and gel which makes them comfortable to wear. The headband is adjustable. They can be used for all types of activities that involve high decibel environments. It is available in three colors: pink, black and blue.

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3. Califone 2810-BE Listening First Kids

It has a very stylish design which makes it fun for the children to wear. It features an adjustable headband that provides comfort when worn for long periods. It comes with volume control and has ambient noise reducing cups. They help in providing maximum protection. They also have reinforced restraint which prevents accidental pull out. The length of the chord is 6 feet, and the plug set is 3.5 mm. The ear cups are made up of ABS plastic which prevents them from breaking.

4. Howard Leight QM24 Earmuff

These earmuffs are very light. They are perfect for prolonged usage because of their high comfort level. It has three position cups, and they weigh only 6oz. The headband has an adjustable strap which helps in securing them. The cushions of the headphone are easily replaceable.

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5. EarBanz kids noise earmuffs

These headphones are lightweight, padded, cushioned and convenient. The material of the earmuffs is made up of 82 % polyamide and 18 % spandex. The straps are made up of neoprene. It is flexible and comfortable. It has full, and foam filled cushions that ensure that they are comfortable. The cover is made up of leather the weight of the earmuffs is just 190 grams.  They provide excellent protection to children who are two years old or older.

6. EdzKidz – Kids Ear Defenders

These earmuffs are strong, but light as well. They can easily be carried around. They only weigh 190 grams. They can easily endure the damage of frequent use. They are available in all the colors that are suitable for children like pink, blue yellow, etc.

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7. 3M Peltor H10A Optime 105 Earmuff

They are an excellent choice for noisy environments. It is also strong and durable. The noise reduction rating of these earmuffs is 30 dB. They are highly suitable for protecting the sensitive hearing of kids. They are extremely comfortable. They have a patented twin-cup design. The earmuff has a stainless steel headband, and this helps in distribution of weight for a low-pressure fit. They can provide protection against the noise levels up to 105 dBa. The earmuff cushions are filled with liquid foam. It uses a double-shell technology which makes it suitable for smaller children.

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Last Updated on September 28, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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Con #2: Less Human Interaction

One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

Con #4: Unique Distractions

Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

Final Thoughts

Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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