Is an in-ear headphone a good choice for kids?
Kids today grow up with headphones. Whether they're listening to their new favourite song on their iPhone, playing a game on your tablet, or catching up with a TV series in peace, they're likely to ask for their own set of headphones sooner or later.
While you're probably not expecting to look far beyond the entry level headphones for your child, you should expect to be met with a considerable range from which to choose. The key question which you'll have to ask yourself at the beginning is whether to opt for in-ear or on-ear headphones.
In-ear headphones are generally more popular, particularly at the lower end of the market, but there are a number of potential issues surrounding their use by young ones.
You might be worried about the volume level, or even about the size. The use of headphones generally suggests that someone is on their own and therefore you should be happy leaving your child alone with the headphones that you buy.
For this reason, an increasing number of parents are opting for the safer choice - on-ear headphones or specially designed kid's in ear headphones.
While you may have to spend a small amount more to get yourself a set of on-ear headphones, there are a number of advantages to doing so. With far more space to work with, manufacturers are usually able to get a superior sound quality from on-ear headphones than from in-ear headphones.
Of course, you're also sidestepping the potential issue of your child putting the headphones in their mouth. Depending on the age of your child, this has the chance of becoming a very real issue.
If you've settled on the choice of on-ear headphones, the next step is to see what is available. As you might expect, a number of well known and reputable brands such as Sony, Phillips and Sennheiser manufacture affordable sets of on-ear headphones. As a general rule, the headphones from these manufacturers are well made and will offer the user great quality sound.
It's fair to say that when you're buying for a child, your criteria won't always be the same as if you were buying for yourself. That is to say, when it comes to headphones, you might be less worried with sound quality and more worried about durability and design.
JVC offer a number of brightly coloured and cleverly designed on-ear headphones which won't break the bank. ILUV also have a number of stylish headsets that should be able to stand up to a few bouts of sibling rivalry.
The truth is that headphones are so advanced today that you shouldn't have a problem with sound quality for your child. While it remains the case that you can expect to see superior sound from a £200 pair of headphones, that's not to say that there's any cause for complaint with a £20 set.
When it comes to youngsters, on-ear headphones may have been the traditionally safer option but thanks to specifically designed, child-friendly in-ear headphones you can ensure your little ones listen to music in the way they want without worrying about their safety.
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