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January 12, 2004

Noisiest toys of season named

Eleven popular toys are on the annual noisy toys list of the most recent Christmas Season.

The list, published by the Sight & Hearing Association, based in St. Paul, Minnesota, includes toys that top 90 dB in noise level tests performed by researchers at the University of Minnesota. The toys listed are recommended by their manufacturers for children aged 1-5 years old.

"I was so surprised by these results," says Seth Janus from the University of Minnesota's Department of Otolaryngology, who tested the toys. "All these toys are meant for young kids and they are incredibly loud. It is well known that loud noise exposure is harmful and results in hearing loss. It is even more worrisome when young children are exposed to loud noise because the damage is cumulative and irreversible."

Here are the 11 toys emitting hazardous noise, as listed by the Sight & Hearing Association:































































Toy




dB at 0 inches/0 cm





dB at 12 inches/30 cm



Barney "Songs"
115


87

Home Depot Workman's Screwdriver
112


96

See 'N Say Barnyard Banjo
110


92

Fun Years Music Sing-A-Long Electronic Guitar
109


94

Kool toyz Talk 'N Learn Keyboard
107


91

Light and Sound Lawn Mower Power Tool
107


87

The Wiggles Musical Guitar
107


91

Barney Bend-a-Tune Trumpet
104


80

Leap Frog Alphabet Pal
102


84

Light 'N Sound Popping Piano
99


88

Little People Mixie the Cement Truck
98


79

Source: The Hearing Review, December 2003

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