6 Key Points Regarding Hearing Protection

The importance of protecting children’s hearing in noisy situations with earmuffs is a recent phenomenon and 6 key points to bear in mind when looking at hearing protection.

Point 1: Is hearing protection good for my child?

  • The designers of Banz earmuffs know that if you needed to get your child’s attention urgently and they couldn’t hear you, it would be dangerous – and putting babies and children into a ‘cone of silence’ would be upsetting, especially to very young ones.
  •  As total noise cancelling is impractical, Banz earmuffs reduce loud, damaging noise to a safe level – and let softer sounds, such as speech, be heard. Sensitive Care. Sensible Choice” is Banz Carewear motto

Point 2:  Should earmuffs be worn over a beanie or hoodie?

  • We recommend adjusting your child’s earmuffs to fit correctly before putting them on over the ears, THEN put the hat or beanie over the top.    The reason is that the earmuffs can’t seal properly over the ears and there could be “sound leak”.  An opinion from David Welch, head of the Audiology Department at the University of Auckland, says: ” Make sure babies are not wearing hats when you put the earmuffs on. If the cushion cannot seal on the side of the head, the sound can get through and it is amazing how much gets in. It is a real problem we encounter often in adults who work in cold environments and wear woollen hats to keep warm, then don earmuffs on top – the sound just cuts through wool as though it wasn’t there.”

Point 3: Why do the earmuffs need to be specific to baby and kids?

  • The one need that is different from adults is size, especially babies, the other point is weight as well as the incorrect size earmuffs can’t seal property around the children’s ears so the protection factor is then gone.
  • Babies heads are softer head than adults, with the fontanelles or ‘soft spots’ yet to close. Adult-size earmuffs put an adult-force grip over the head which can be dangerous, especially for children under two years.
  • Banz earmuffs, both the Mini size for under 3 years and the Protective size for 3-10+ years, are especially designed to fit correctly – and they will keep up with your child’s growth, as they are adjustable. Importantly, the headband on the Mini Muffs is specially made with a light tension, so the earmuffs won’t put the squeeze on soft baby heads.

Point 4: What is different about Banz hearing protection.

  • The classic ‘earcups connected by an over-the-head band’ has stood the test of time as earmuffs were invented back in 1873 (for warmth, not for noise reduction).  . The specially-designed headband on Banz earmuffs won’t slip – and there’s a lot more technology in a padded Banz headband to keep soft baby heads safe than there is in a piece of stretchy material!
  • A word on using earplugs for babies and small children: Experts recommend that nothing smaller than an elbow goes into a child’s ear canal, for good reason – trying to fish out an earplug, and especially ear putty, from a super-small baby ear canal is dangerous. Also, earplugs are a choking hazard for small children.

Point 5:  What is the cleaning protocol?

  • To clean your Banz earmuffs simply wipe over the set with a cloth dampened by mild soap and water.  Recommended after each wear.

 

Point 6 : What about using the correct size for my little one?

  • Banz earmuffs give an age recommendation as a guide.     Every child is different and some will need to update their earmuffs to the larger Protective Earmuffs size a bit earlier than others. Once the earcups on the sliding adjustment of your child’s Mini Muffs are sitting at the bottom of the band, it’s time to consider upsizing for the near future – their age doesn’t matter.

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info@banzworld.co.za

How Quality Sunglasses Can Help Your
Child Develop a Lifetime of Sun
Protection Habits

Banz Sunglasses for Kids & Babies Quality Sunglasses - How Quality Sunglasses Can Help Your Child Develop a Lifetime of Sun Protection Habits - visit www.banzworld.co.za
Banz Sunglasses for Kids & Babies Quality Sunglasses - How Quality Sunglasses Can Help Your Child Develop a Lifetime of Sun Protection Habits - visit www.banzworld.co.za

How Quality Sunglasses Can Help Your Child Develop a Lifetime of Sun Protection Habits

A nice post by Banz which talks about highlighting the one thing we overlook when protecting our little ones from the harmful rays of the sun and that is …. the eyes.

Your eyes, and baby’s eyes, need protection from the sun, too. Simply squinting or wearing a hat won’t cut it. That’s why it’s important to start teaching your child the importance of
wearing sunglasses early on in life.

Not only will it protect their eyes from harmful UV rays, but it can also help develop a lifetime of sun protection habits.

We know that getting children to wear anything they don’t want to wear can be a real challenge. But with the right approach and the right sunglasses, it can be done. Let’s take a look at how quality sunglasses can help your child develop a lifetime of sun protection habits.

First and foremost, it’s important to choose the right sunglasses for your child. Not all sunglasses are created equal, and some may even do more harm than good. Cheap sunglasses
may not offer adequate protection from UV rays and could actually cause more harm than good by dilating the pupils and allowing more UV light in.

That’s why we recommend looking for brands like Banz Australia for quality sunglasses that are specifically designed for children. Banz Australia is known for their line of Banz Baby
products, including, Banz Baby Swimwear, Banz UPF 50+ bucket hats, and Banz Kids Hearing Protection Earmuffs, to name a few.

These products are made with the highest quality materials and provide superior protection from the sun’s harmful rays.

Once you have the right sunglasses for your child, it’s time to start using them as part of your daily routine.

Make it a habit to always wear sunglasses when you’re outside, and make sure your child does the same. It may take some coaxing at first, but over time, wearing sunglasses
will become second nature to your child.

Another way to help your child develop a lifetime of sun protection habits is to lead by example. Children model their behavior after their parents, so if they see you wearing sunglasses and taking sun protection seriously, they will be more likely to do the same.

It’s also important to make wearing sunglasses fun for your child. Let them pick out their own pair of sunglasses and make a big deal out of it. Encourage them to wear their sunglasses by pointing out how cool they look. You can even make a game out of it by seeing who can keep their sunglasses on the longest or spotting other people wearing sunglasses.

In addition to protecting your child’s eyes from UV rays, wearing quality sunglasses can also prevent other eye problems like cataracts and macular degeneration later in life. By starting early and instilling good sun protection habits in your child, you’re setting them up for a lifetime of healthy eyes.

In conclusion, protecting your child’s eyes from the harmful rays of the sun is crucial. By choosing quality sunglasses from brands like Banz Australia and making it a part of your daily routine, you can help your child develop a lifetime of sun protection habits. So the next time you head outside, don’t forget to grab your sunglasses – and make sure your child does too!

For More Information:

www.banzworld.co.za
info@banzworld.co.za

Banz Earmuffs – Noise Defenders

Banz Earmuffs – Noise Defenders

All Banz earmuffs feature Class 4 protection; this is only one rating less than industrial-strength earmuffs worn in workplaces. A big Class 4 rating gives excellent protection for kids’ hearing.

Banz Earmuffs meet the following international standards:
  • AS/NZS 1270:2002 – the Australian and New Zealand safety standard for earmuffs – Class 4. Under this standard, the class is an easy way to choose a hearing protector appropriate to a noise exposure. The standard rates hearing protection into five classes, with Class 1 being the lowest level of protection and Class 5 being the highest level. 
  • ANSI S3.19 – S3.19 is the standard introduced by the American standards body ANSI to regulate hearing protection devices; Banz earmuffs meet this standard, as well as
  • EN352-1: 1993 – the European Standard for hearing protection and hearing protectors. Banz earmuffs also carry the CE mark (which stands for Conformité Européene, and means they conform to European standards).

A word about ‘noise-cancelling’ earmuffs

Banz earmuffs are often referred to online as ‘noise-cancelling’ earmuffs. However, this isn’t correct – Banz earmuffs do their job by reducing loud, damaging noise to a safe level. There’s a very practical reason for this – the designers of Banz earmuffs know that if you need to get your child’s attention urgently, and they couldn’t hear you, it would be dangerous. Also, putting babies and children into a ‘cone of silence’ would be upsetting, especially to very young ones.

Quiet sounds, such as speech, can still be heard when wearing Banz earmuffs. So don’t let the kids fool you by saying they can’t hear you while wearing their Banz earmuffs!

Heard about it? Earmuffs specs demystified

Banz earmuffs have these specifications:

  • Weight: 142 grams
  • Single Noise Ratio (SNR): 26 dB (decibels)
  • Noise Reduction Rating (NRR): 31 dB
  • Mean Attenuation @ 500 Hz (hertz): 25.7dB
  • Mean Attentuation @ 1000Hz: 35.2dB

Decibels (dB) – are a unit of measurement for sound density.

Single Noise Ratio (SNR) – the SNR can be used to compare the level of noise attenuation [or damping] offered by different hearing protectors.

Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) – provides an estimate of the protection of a given device.

In brief, an NRR or SNR rating indicates the level that a noise can be reduced to by wearing a hearing protection device. Banz earmuffs feature one of the best ratings for baby and children’s earmuffs available in New Zealand.

Attenuation – is the damping of sound, which diminishes the volume and quality of the sound wave.

Mean attenuation– or average damping – is noted at different sound levels, as above.

Safety standards aren’t the most scintillating subject, but it is an important one when it comes to feeling comfortable about the products you put on your kids. An informed buyer makes a powerful personal choice and, at Banz Carewear, it’s important to us that our customers know they’re getting the best.

This blog is compliments from our Baby Banz New Zealand

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Banz Sunglasses Safety Standards

Banz Sunglass Safety Standards. Banz sunglasses also block 100% of UV light entering their lenses, which means they can be rated as UV400.

When choosing gear for your kids it’s good to know if it’s all it’s cracked up to be. There are safety standards for many products that babies and children use – and, at Banz Carewear, our gear gets the big tick in all the relevant tests.

Mum’s done her homework and knows Banz sunglasses are safe for her little one.

Sunglasses – Eyes Right!

When buying sunglasses for anyone – not just children – always ensure they meet the Australian/New Zealand standard ASNZ 1067.1.2016.

The fine print of Category 3 of this standard – which all Banz sunglasses meet – is below.

Lens Category 3, general-purpose Sunglasses are graded out of four categories; Category 4 is for special-purpose sunglasses, so Category 3 is the top category for general-purpose sunglasses.

  • High protection against sunglare
  • Good UV protection
  • These sunglasses are intended for use by children.
  • These sunglasses are not for direct observation of the sun.
  • Not for protection against artificial light sources, eg solaria.
  • These sunglasses comply with the mandatory requirements of the
  • Australian Standard for sunglasses and fashion spectacles, AS/NZS 1067.1:2016.
  • Not for use as eye protection against mechanical impact hazards.
  • NOT SUITABLE FOR DRIVING AT NIGHT OR UNDER CONDITIONS
    OF DULL LIGHT. Yes, I know we’re talking children here… but this is ‘legalese’!

Banz sunglasses also block 100% of UV light entering their lenses, which means they can be rated as UV400. However, Consumer reports: ” According to the New Zealand Association of Optometrists (NZAO) there is no accepted definition of ‘UV400’. It said because ‘UV400’ has no consistent technical basis, it’s little more than marketing spin.” Banz sunglasses are marked as UV400, as they meet all standards required for sunglasses, and the informed sunglasses purchaser does expect to see this declaration.

Banz sunglasses also meet the British sunglasses standard of EN ISO 12312-1-2013+A1:2015

  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Test Methods for Sunglasses and Related Equipment and carry the CE mark (which stands for Conformité Européene, and means they conform to European standards). This ensures that the sunglasses offer a safe level of UV protection.

So, it’s good to see the numbers of the different standards on the Banz Carewear sunglasses box – it means your little one’s eyes are fully covered.

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Benefits of Banz Baby Sunglasses

BANZ is a brand that specializes in providing top-quality baby gear that prioritizes comfort, safety, and style. Among their products, Banz Baby Sunglasses are one of the most popular items. These shades offer 100% UVA/UVB protection, ensuring that your baby's delicate eyes are shielded from harmful rays. Overall, investing in specialty sunglasses like Banz Baby Sunglasses can make a big difference for your baby's safety and comfort during the summer months. But why is it so important to buy specialty sunglasses for babies? One of the main reasons is for sun protection plus regular sunglasses can be too big or heavy for a baby's face, causing discomfort and irritation. On the other hand, Banz Baby Sunglasses as well as the Beachcomber JBanz sunglasses are designed specifically with babies in mind. The Banz sunglasses have an adjustable strap that keeps them securely in place without being too tight or loose. And the Beachcomber JBanz sunglasses are small, light and flexible plus polarised. The Banz sunglasses come in a variety of different frame style and colours. If you’re still unsure have a look at some of the rave reviews from satisfied customers: “I just wanted to let you know I received my purchase this morning. I am really impressed with the quality, and already put them on our baby boy - he took to them immediately / did not try to pull them off at all, and when we took him out into the bright sun he was just fine (normally he would blink / squint and complain immediately). So we are thrilled with our purchase - there are so many things we've not done with him because of how sensitive his eyes are and this opens up a whole new facet of activities and outings for him / us. I'll recommend you / your product to anyone, and will definitely be back for more once he outgrows these.” - Darren “”Your products are great, and I'm very happy to be able to still get them for our expected little one. Delicate eyes and skin require the most protection” - Ithumaleng “The quality is fantastic and my son loves the sunglasses and camo hat!” – Fiona Investing in specialty sunglasses like Banz Baby and Beachcomber JBanz Sunglasses can make a big difference for your baby's safety and comfort during the summer months. And with additional accessories like Banz Baby Earmuffs and Ear Defenders available, you can ensure that your little one is protected from head to toe.

BANZ is a brand that specializes in providing top-quality baby gear that prioritizes comfort, safety, and style. Among their products, Banz Baby Sunglasses are one of the most popular items. These shades offer 100% UVA/UVB protection, ensuring that your baby’s delicate eyes are shielded from harmful rays.

Overall, investing in specialty sunglasses like Banz Baby Sunglasses can make a big difference for your baby’s safety and comfort during the summer months.

But why is it so important to buy specialty sunglasses for babies? One of the main reasons is for sun protection plus regular sunglasses can be too big or heavy for a baby’s face, causing discomfort and irritation. On the other hand, Banz Baby Sunglasses as well as the Beachcomber JBanz sunglasses are designed specifically with babies in mind. The Banz sunglasses have an adjustable strap that keeps them securely in place without being too tight or loose.  And the Beachcomber JBanz sunglasses are small, light and flexible plus polarised.   The Banz sunglasses come in a variety of different frame style and colours

If you’re still unsure have a look at some of the rave reviews from satisfied customers:

  • “I just wanted to let you know I received my purchase this morning.   I am really impressed with the quality, and already put them on our baby boy – he took to them immediately / did not try to pull them off at all, and when we took him out into the bright sun he was just fine (normally he would blink / squint and complain immediately). So we are thrilled with our purchase – there are so many things we’ve not done with him because of how sensitive his eyes are and this opens up a whole new facet of activities and outings for him / us. I’ll recommend you / your product to anyone, and will definitely be back for more once he outgrows these.”  – Darren
  • “”Your products are great, and I’m very happy to be able to still get them for our expected little one. Delicate eyes and skin require the most protection”  –   Ithumaleng
  • “The quality is fantastic and my son loves the sunglasses and camo hat!” – Fiona

Investing in specialty sunglasses like Banz Baby and Beachcomber JBanz Sunglasses can make a big difference for your baby’s safety and comfort during the summer months. And with additional accessories like Banz Baby Earmuffs and Ear Defenders available, you can ensure that your little one is protected from head to toe.

Eleven Reasons Your Child Needs Banz Earmuffs

Eleven reasons your child needs Banz earmuffs As a parent, you may be unaware of the advantages of Banz earmuffs for children. It may come as a surprise that there are in fact eleven reasons your child needs them. The experts at Banz New Zealand have been kind enough to share their blog with us so that we can gain a better understanding of why earmuffs are so important. I invite you to take a look - it is truly enlightening. Have you thought about hearing damage? Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) accumulates and can't be reversed, and even a single loud event can cause damage. According to the National Foundation for the Deaf in New Zealand, if it sounds too loud, it probably is too loud. Children have more sensitive hearing than adults due to their thinner skull bones and undamaged ears; what is loud to adults is often excruciatingly loud to them. Banz earmuffs are an ideal way to protect children's delicate hearing. What’s so great about Banz earmuffs? Banz earmuffs boast a powerful Noise Reduction Rate of 31 decibels, granting them a Class 4 rating, which is just one scalp below industrial-strength earmuffs. Furthermore, they are compliant with all applicable international standards. It's important to note that Banz earmuffs do not muffle sound completely, so your child will still be able to hear you. This is a great feature for parents whose kids often choose to ignore them! _A note on using ear plugs for children: ear plugs are often too big for a child’s small ear canal. If they’re cut down, they still may not fit the canal properly and allow noise through. Also, those pretty-coloured ear plugs are a real choking hazard! ...So, lets cut to the chase…. When should babies and kids be wearing hearing protection? 1. Flying: The noise of take-off may upset some young children, so hearing protection is recommended. In an airplane cabin, noise levels can be disruptive for children unfamiliar with the confined and strange situation. Banz earmuffs help them create a quieter, more comfortable experience, allowing them to sleep in peace. a baby sleeps on an airplane wearing banz ear muffs with a view out the plane window of a shoreline Come fly with me! Happy on the plane in Banz earmuffs. 2. Fireworks: Backyard fireworks at Guy Fawkes are a Kiwi tradition. But is it worth risking your children’s hearing for a few pretty sparkles? In recent years, the intensity of explosive sounds from fireworks has grown, even after certain types of fireworks have been prohibited for a number of years. This is especially true for professionally organized displays, which tend to launch fireworks higher in the sky and generate a louder sound when the explosions reach the ground. To protect your child, earmuffs are essential. a baby weating banz infant hearing protection watches fireworks in night sky Fireworks’ loud bangs mean your kids need hearing protection. 3. Motorsport: High-decibel noises from engines, screeching tires, and car crashes can be enjoyable for the family, however it is much too loud for your child's hearing. Race officials are known for wearing hearing protection at motor racing events, emphasizing the importance of ear protection for children. 4. Working with tools/ home renos: If you have the builders in – or are doing the job yourself – then you’ll be surrounded by noise while the job’s underway. The professionals wear hearing protection and everyone around them should too – especially kids! This includes the times when they’re helping Mum or Dad in the workshop. 5. Loud events: When we take our kids to events like festivals, concerts, and airshows where sound levels can't be controlled, wearing hearing protection is a wise precaution. At seated concerts, we can't move away from potential loud noise, even from popular children's entertainment acts. In large venues, the roar of the crowd can quickly add to the high decibels. On online forums, many parents have shared stories of their children covering ears out of distress caused by excessive sound. 6. Movies: We love to take the kids to the movies, but the soundtrack may be set at ear-damaging levels. Movie theaters can reach sound levels as high as 98 decibels, comparable to the noise of a passing train or an airplane taking off. The average volume of dialogue in movies is said to be 85 decibels, yet New York’s Children’s Hearing Institute suggests kids not be exposed to sound above 80 decibels (the level of city street traffic). Kit Frank, an audiologist in the U.S., encourages parents to keep noise levels at 85 decibels or lower. Above this, “there’s a potential for hearing damage” for both adults and children. But surely, movies aimed at kids are quieter? Not necessarily. Storks, an 2016 animated feature for kids, hit a peak of 99.3 decibels. Another occasion for Banz earmuffs! 7. Childcare centers: Due to the high levels of noise in pre-schools, the National Foundation for the Deaf in New Zealand has created the Safe Sound Indicator – a traffic-light system – to signal when noise levels become a concern. To help protect children from sound overwhelm, Banz earmuffs can be used to reduce the volume. The carpentry table is an ideal opportunity to model this safety practice, and many pre-schools have already implemented Banz earmuffs – why not suggest it to the management at your centre? 8. On the farm: Loud machinery can be extremely damaging to hearing - especially for young ears. Parents working on the farm likely make sure to protect their hearing, yet if their children come across noisy equipment such as chainsaws, tractors, weed-eaters and the like, bear in mind it's just as important to keep their little ones safe. Unbeknown to some, animals can be incredibly loud too, with a squealing pig emitting a sound just like that of a snowmobile’s engine. Banz earmuffs are widely used in New Zealand's rural communities for good reason! 9. Noise-sensitive children: Some children are more sensitive to loud noise and overstimulation than others. Wearing Banz earmuffs in triggering situations allows a child the chance to regroup by dulling down the external stimulation – many customers have described their child’s Banz earmuffs as “a life saver”. Children with autism and sensory processing disorder find Banz earmuffs particularly useful. 10. At home: Protect your child from unbearable noises! Give them a set of Banz earmuffs and watch them smile, even when your vacuum cleaner is on full blast. Maintain your musical practices without exposing your child to any potential harm from unpleasant sounds. 11. Sports: Cheers and jeers! We may love a rousing good game, but the sheer volume of the crowd can be overwhelming for the wee ones. Not to mention harmfully loud - sound levels measured in stadiums can be as high as a jet engine lifting off *again and again and again*. Shield their ears with Banz earmuffs and make sure the team is fully supported! Yes! My ears are comfy and my team’s winning! So, where will your children wear their Banz earmuffs?
Eleven reasons your child needs Banz earmuffs As a parent, you may be unaware of the advantages of Banz earmuffs for children. It may come as a surprise that there are in fact eleven reasons your child needs them. The experts at Banz New Zealand have been kind enough to share their blog with us so that we can gain a better understanding of why earmuffs are so important. I invite you to take a look - it is truly enlightening. Have you thought about hearing damage? Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) accumulates and can't be reversed, and even a single loud event can cause damage. According to the National Foundation for the Deaf in New Zealand, if it sounds too loud, it probably is too loud. Children have more sensitive hearing than adults due to their thinner skull bones and undamaged ears; what is loud to adults is often excruciatingly loud to them. Banz earmuffs are an ideal way to protect children's delicate hearing. What’s so great about Banz earmuffs? Banz earmuffs boast a powerful Noise Reduction Rate of 31 decibels, granting them a Class 4 rating, which is just one scalp below industrial-strength earmuffs. Furthermore, they are compliant with all applicable international standards. It's important to note that Banz earmuffs do not muffle sound completely, so your child will still be able to hear you. This is a great feature for parents whose kids often choose to ignore them! _A note on using ear plugs for children: ear plugs are often too big for a child’s small ear canal. If they’re cut down, they still may not fit the canal properly and allow noise through. Also, those pretty-coloured ear plugs are a real choking hazard! ...So, lets cut to the chase…. When should babies and kids be wearing hearing protection? 1. Flying: The noise of take-off may upset some young children, so hearing protection is recommended. In an airplane cabin, noise levels can be disruptive for children unfamiliar with the confined and strange situation. Banz earmuffs help them create a quieter, more comfortable experience, allowing them to sleep in peace. a baby sleeps on an airplane wearing banz ear muffs with a view out the plane window of a shoreline Come fly with me! Happy on the plane in Banz earmuffs. 2. Fireworks: Backyard fireworks at Guy Fawkes are a Kiwi tradition. But is it worth risking your children’s hearing for a few pretty sparkles? In recent years, the intensity of explosive sounds from fireworks has grown, even after certain types of fireworks have been prohibited for a number of years. This is especially true for professionally organized displays, which tend to launch fireworks higher in the sky and generate a louder sound when the explosions reach the ground. To protect your child, earmuffs are essential. a baby weating banz infant hearing protection watches fireworks in night sky Fireworks’ loud bangs mean your kids need hearing protection. 3. Motorsport: High-decibel noises from engines, screeching tires, and car crashes can be enjoyable for the family, however it is much too loud for your child's hearing. Race officials are known for wearing hearing protection at motor racing events, emphasizing the importance of ear protection for children. 4. Working with tools/ home renos: If you have the builders in – or are doing the job yourself – then you’ll be surrounded by noise while the job’s underway. The professionals wear hearing protection and everyone around them should too – especially kids! This includes the times when they’re helping Mum or Dad in the workshop. 5. Loud events: When we take our kids to events like festivals, concerts, and airshows where sound levels can't be controlled, wearing hearing protection is a wise precaution. At seated concerts, we can't move away from potential loud noise, even from popular children's entertainment acts. In large venues, the roar of the crowd can quickly add to the high decibels. On online forums, many parents have shared stories of their children covering ears out of distress caused by excessive sound. 6. Movies: We love to take the kids to the movies, but the soundtrack may be set at ear-damaging levels. Movie theaters can reach sound levels as high as 98 decibels, comparable to the noise of a passing train or an airplane taking off. The average volume of dialogue in movies is said to be 85 decibels, yet New York’s Children’s Hearing Institute suggests kids not be exposed to sound above 80 decibels (the level of city street traffic). Kit Frank, an audiologist in the U.S., encourages parents to keep noise levels at 85 decibels or lower. Above this, “there’s a potential for hearing damage” for both adults and children. But surely, movies aimed at kids are quieter? Not necessarily. Storks, an 2016 animated feature for kids, hit a peak of 99.3 decibels. Another occasion for Banz earmuffs! 7. Childcare centers: Due to the high levels of noise in pre-schools, the National Foundation for the Deaf in New Zealand has created the Safe Sound Indicator – a traffic-light system – to signal when noise levels become a concern. To help protect children from sound overwhelm, Banz earmuffs can be used to reduce the volume. The carpentry table is an ideal opportunity to model this safety practice, and many pre-schools have already implemented Banz earmuffs – why not suggest it to the management at your centre? 8. On the farm: Loud machinery can be extremely damaging to hearing - especially for young ears. Parents working on the farm likely make sure to protect their hearing, yet if their children come across noisy equipment such as chainsaws, tractors, weed-eaters and the like, bear in mind it's just as important to keep their little ones safe. Unbeknown to some, animals can be incredibly loud too, with a squealing pig emitting a sound just like that of a snowmobile’s engine. Banz earmuffs are widely used in New Zealand's rural communities for good reason! 9. Noise-sensitive children: Some children are more sensitive to loud noise and overstimulation than others. Wearing Banz earmuffs in triggering situations allows a child the chance to regroup by dulling down the external stimulation – many customers have described their child’s Banz earmuffs as “a life saver”. Children with autism and sensory processing disorder find Banz earmuffs particularly useful. 10. At home: Protect your child from unbearable noises! Give them a set of Banz earmuffs and watch them smile, even when your vacuum cleaner is on full blast. Maintain your musical practices without exposing your child to any potential harm from unpleasant sounds. 11. Sports: Cheers and jeers! We may love a rousing good game, but the sheer volume of the crowd can be overwhelming for the wee ones. Not to mention harmfully loud - sound levels measured in stadiums can be as high as a jet engine lifting off *again and again and again*. Shield their ears with Banz earmuffs and make sure the team is fully supported! Yes! My ears are comfy and my team’s winning! So, where will your children wear their Banz earmuffs?

Eleven reasons your child needs Banz earmuffs

As a parent, you may be unaware of the advantages of Banz earmuffs for children. It may come as a surprise that there are in fact eleven reasons your child needs them. The experts at Banz New Zealand have been kind enough to share their blog with us so that we can gain a better understanding of why earmuffs are so important. I invite you to take a look – it is truly enlightening.

Have you thought about hearing damage?

Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) accumulates and can’t be reversed, and even a single loud event can cause damage. According to the National Foundation for the Deaf in New Zealand, if it sounds too loud, it probably is too loud. Children have more sensitive hearing than adults due to their thinner skull bones and undamaged ears; what is loud to adults is often excruciatingly loud to them. Banz earmuffs are an ideal way to protect children’s delicate hearing.

What’s so great about Banz earmuffs?

Banz earmuffs boast a powerful Noise Reduction Rate of 31 decibels, granting them a Class 4 rating, which is just one scalp below industrial-strength earmuffs. Furthermore, they are compliant with all applicable international standards. It’s important to note that Banz earmuffs do not muffle sound completely, so your child will still be able to hear you. This is a great feature for parents whose kids often choose to ignore them!

A note on using ear plugs for children: ear plugs are often too big for a child’s small ear canal. If they’re cut down, they still may not fit the canal properly and allow noise through. Also, those pretty-coloured ear plugs are a real choking hazard!
…So, lets cut to the chase….

When should babies and kids be wearing hearing protection?

  • Flying: The noise of take-off may upset some young children, so hearing protection is recommended.

    In an airplane cabin, noise levels can be disruptive for children unfamiliar with the confined and strange situation. Banz earmuffs help them create a quieter, more comfortable experience, allowing them to sleep in peace. Come fly with me!

    Happy on the plane in Banz earmuffs.
  • a baby weating banz infant hearing protection watches fireworks in night skyFireworks: Backyard fireworks at Guy Fawkes are a Kiwi tradition. But is it worth risking your children’s hearing for a few pretty sparkles?
  • In recent years, the intensity of explosive sounds from fireworks has grown, even after certain types of fireworks have been prohibited for a number of years. This is especially true for professionally organized displays, which tend to launch fireworks higher in the sky and generate a louder sound when the explosions reach the ground. To protect your child, earmuffs are essential. Fireworks’ loud bangs mean your kids need hearing protection.
  • Motorsport: High-decibel noises from engines, screeching tires, and car crashes can be enjoyable for the family, however it is much too loud for your child’s hearing. Race officials are known for wearing hearing protection at motor racing events, emphasizing the importance of ear protection for children.
  • Working with tools/ home renos: If you have the builders in – or are doing the job yourself – then you’ll be surrounded by noise while the job’s underway. The professionals wear hearing protection and everyone around them should too – especially kids! This includes the times when they’re helping Mum or Dad in the workshop.
  • Loud Events:
    When we take our kids to events like festivals, concerts, and airshows where sound levels can’t be controlled, wearing hearing protection is a wise precaution. At seated concerts, we can’t move away from potential loud noise, even from popular children’s entertainment acts. In large venues, the roar of the crowd can quickly add to the high decibels. On online forums, many parents have shared stories of their children covering ears out of distress caused by excessive sound.
  • Movies: We love to take the kids to the movies, but the soundtrack may be set at ear-damaging levels.
    Movie theaters can reach sound levels as high as 98 decibels, comparable to the noise of a passing train or an airplane taking off. The average volume of dialogue in movies is said to be 85 decibels, yet New York’s Children’s Hearing Institute suggests kids not be exposed to sound above 80 decibels (the level of city street traffic). Kit Frank, an audiologist in the U.S., encourages parents to keep noise levels at 85 decibels or lower. Above this, “there’s a potential for hearing damage” for both adults and children.

    But surely, movies aimed at kids are quieter? Not necessarily. Storks, an 2016 animated feature for kids, hit a peak of 99.3 decibels. Another occasion for Banz earmuffs!

  • Childcare centers:
    Due to the high levels of noise in pre-schools, the National Foundation for the Deaf in New Zealand has created the Safe Sound Indicator – a traffic-light system – to signal when noise levels become a concern. To help protect children from sound overwhelm, Banz earmuffs can be used to reduce the volume. The carpentry table is an ideal opportunity to model this safety practice, and many pre-schools have already implemented Banz earmuffs – why not suggest it to the management at your centre?
  • On the farm: Loud machinery can be extremely damaging to hearing – especially for young ears. Parents working on the farm likely make sure to protect their hearing, yet if their children come across noisy equipment such as chainsaws, tractors, weed-eaters and the like, bear in mind it’s just as important to keep their little ones safe. Unbeknown to some, animals can be incredibly loud too, with a squealing pig emitting a sound just like that of a snowmobile’s engine. Banz earmuffs are widely used in New Zealand’s rural communities for good reason!
  • Noise-sensitive children: Some children are more sensitive to loud noise and overstimulation than others. Wearing Banz earmuffs in triggering situations allows a child the chance to regroup by dulling down the external stimulation – many customers have described their child’s Banz earmuffs as “a life saver”. Children with autism and sensory processing disorder find Banz earmuffs particularly useful.
  • At home: Protect your child from unbearable noises! Give them a set of Banz earmuffs and watch them smile, even when your vacuum cleaner is on full blast. Maintain your musical practices without exposing your child to any potential harm from unpleasant sounds.
  • Sports: Cheers and jeers! We may love a rousing good game, but the sheer volume of the crowd can be overwhelming for the wee ones. Not to mention harmfully loud – sound levels measured in stadiums can be as high as a jet engine lifting off *again and again and again*. Shield their ears with Banz earmuffs and make sure the team is fully supported!

Yes! My ears are comfy and my team’s winning!

So, where will your children wear their Banz earmuffs?

Kids Winter Sun Protection is a Must! Make Banz Sun Safety a Habit Year Round!

Banz Blog Kids Winter Sun Protection is a Must! Make Sun Safety a Habit Year Round
Banz Blog Kids Winter Sun Protection is a Must! Make Sun Safety a Habit Year Round

Kids Winter Sun Protection is a Must!
Make Sun Safety a Habit Year Round

Sun Safety is something that we all think about during the summer months, but what about the autumn and winter?

The sun’s damaging rays are around us all year round, and just because it’s overcast outside does not mean your children are safe from the same potential UV damage they would receive in full sunlight. Too often the sunscreen and sunglasses get packed away in autumn leaving kids squinting and exposed during colder weather.

Make sun safety a habit year round, your kids will thank you for it when they are older!

Some good year-round sun prevention tips:
  1. Wear a wide-brimmed hat that is large enough to allow for plenty of air flow.
  2. Avoid a lot of activity or stay in the shade during the hottest time of the day (between 10 AM and 2 PM).
  3. Avoid lengthy exposure to the sun.
  4. Apply a sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher anytime kids are in direct sunlight (talk to your pediatrician about using sunscreen on any child younger than 6 months of age).
  5. Wear sunglasses that are UVA/UVB CSA certified and block out 100% of UVA/B rays.

Pink’s, Willow Wearing Banz Earmuffs

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Pink’s Willow Wearing Banz Earmuffs

Having come across this photo of Pink with her daughter Willow, who is now 11, on stage wearing Banz earmuffs when Willow was a tiny tot, noticed an article written recently by Katie Wilson of Showbiz Reporter that Pink has banned her daughter from social media until she can prove it is good for her.

Apparently she is the only child in her class who doesn’t have a mobile phone and she says she worries about her children being trolled online because of her fame.

Apparently Pink has 9.4 million followers on Instagram and sometimes shares photos with them but isn’t yet ready to let the world “eat them up”. Quite understandable.

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