Study Finds Sleep Machines Puts Babies at Hearing Loss Risk

A study recently concluded that putting babies to sleep next to a white noise machine might increase the child’s risk of hearing loss. According to the study published in the journal Pediatrics, it was found that the decibel levels of different range of infant sleep machines were so loud that they certainly surpassed industry safety levels.

Co-author of the study and a pediatric otolaryngologist at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, Dr. Blake Papsin, stated in a statement issued on Monday that all the machines that were tested outdid what is normally considered an ordinary level of noise in a neonatal nursery. He elucidated that the researchers tested 14 different models of baby sleep machines at maximum volume and they all surpassed the recommended limit of 50 decibels. Moreover, it was explained that the tests were conducted at three different distances to observe the noise levels when the devices are attached to a baby’s crib, placed near the crib, or across the room. Papsin concluded that “all of them surpassed what we considered a safe level for a child.”

Papsin said he hopes the latest study will result in parents to reconsider their usage of the devise or at least the amount of time for which it is used. He stated that “the conversation that we wanted to start with is that noise, like Aspirin, is a dose. It’s safe in some doses, but as you increase the dose, it might become less safe.” Papsin elaborated that an infant’s ear canal is different from an adult’s because it’s more susceptible to certain noise frequencies.

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