Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.
Tech News 5th December 2017 53

Headphones To Be A Big Christmas Hit 

There seems to be a general feeling in the industry that headphones for kids might be one of the big sellers this Christmas.

They have only been in the mainstream for a relatively short time.

Some parents might not even know that they are a thing.

Yet, in an era of increased use by youngsters of games, tablets and talking books, sales have taken off.

Whilst Mum and Dad might be enthusiastic to put a lid on the noise of a Star Wars game, or even endless choruses of 'The Wheels on the Bus,' by encouraging use of the cans, traditional headphones will not cut it.

They may be too big for small heads, but that is not the real issue.

Adult headphones should not be used by those still growing up because of ear damage risks.

Experts have warned that children could face hearing loss as a result of listening to the volumes that normal earphones blast down the ear canal.

Accordingly, decent junior headphones have an in-built volume restriction of 85 decibels, the top limit recommended by the World Health Organisation.

Another key criteria for the youngest users is the risk of tripping and even strangulation. An exuberant infant can readily wind a wire around itself, so models using Bluetooth are a far better idea.

The highly lauded, well cushioned and stylishly designed Rolls Royce of kiddie cans, the Puro Wireless, will cause most to swallow hard when it comes to the price tag of £80 or more.

However, the Philips SHK400 Wireless at about £30 or the Oldshark Folding Bluetooth Headphones from around £15 are examples of more affordable but well respected models for children.

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.

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