Kidzsafe Earbuds

Advantages:

Safe listening at max volume
Inexpensive ($19.95)
No parental controls needed
Durable cord

Disadvantages:

May be uncomfortable for some children

Fitting:

Comes with mulitple tip sizes
Recommended for children under 9

Junior Earmuffs

Blocks all sounds passively. Appropriate for use at sporting events, parades, or other loud listening environments.

Advantages:

Sized for children, babies, or youth
Up to 30 dB of attenuation
Inexpensive ($5-$35)
Durable

Disadvantages:

May be uncomfortable
Hot
Must monitor closely for deformities of the cushion to ensure attenuation

Fitting:

Earmuffs must be free of deformities
Earmuffs should seal off the ear completely – there should be no gaps between the ear and the earmuff

Foam Earplugs

Foam earplugs are inexpensive, provide varying degrees of attenuation, and can be purchased in many locations.

Advantages:

Inexpensive ($1 per pair)
Disposable
Small
Comfortable
Convenient

Disadvantages:

Will not provide optimum attenuation if not inserted properly
Typically not reusable

Fitting:

It is important to use earplugs that are the appropriate size in order to achieve good attenuation. For children, better fit may be achieved using Size Small Earplugs, which have a reduced diameter for smaller ear canals, or E-Z-Fit Earplugs, which are bell-shaped to better fit small ear canals.

The plugs should fit deep and snugly into the ear canal and should fill the ear canal completely. Proper fit is achieved using the Roll, Pull, and Hold technique.

Roll the earplug into a thin cylinder.
Reach over the head with one hand and Pull up and back on the ear to straighten the ear canal while inserting the earplug deeply.
Use your finger to Hold the earplug in place for 20 seconds as the earplug expands to fill your ear canal.

If inserted properly, the earplugs should not be visible sticking out from the ear when looking at an individual from the front.