Best for Kids

Let your kid listen to music—without going deaf

Jan 4, 2012
Outside Magazine
Etymotic ETY-Kids 5 in-ear monitor

Etymotic ETY-Kids 5 in-ear monitor    Photo: Courtesy of Etymotic

A 2010 study by the American Medical Association found that the number of teens suffering from hearing loss has risen by a third since 1995. Chances are good that portable music players are at least partly to blame, which is why earphone maker Etymotic Research has come out with a kid-specific in-ear monitor. The ETY-Kids 5 creates a seal in small ears for noise isolation, allowing them to listen at lower volumes, and, failing that, comes with a lower maximum output that limits damage even if they try to crank the volume. Good luck modifying listening behavior in teens, but if you get to them when they’re young you might make a difference.

Price: $49