Infant Sleep Machines Risky for Hearing Loss

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Infant Sleep Machines Risky for Hearing Loss

Mon, 03/03/2014

Infant Sleep Machines at Maximum Volume Reported as Hearing Risk

New York Times, March 3, 2014, by Katherine Saint Louis


Devices that produce soothing sounds in order to lull infants to sleep can be loud enough at maximum volume to damage their hearing, researchers reported Monday.

Infant sleep machines emit white noise or nature sounds to drown out everyday disturbances to a baby’s sleep. The machines, sometimes embedded in cuddly stuffed animals, are popular gifts at baby showers and routinely recommended by parenting books and websites.

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