Not all headphones are created equal. Adult headphones are designed for adults.  iClever has designed their BoostCare headphones to be child centered.

As a father of 3 (7 and 5 yr old boys and 18-month-old girl) and a family physician, I take the health of children very seriously.  There are many parents, myself included, that must remind children about their music and specifically about the volume.  Either my wife or I have to remind our children “that’s too loud.”  Although we tell them it is too loud, do we know what is too loud?  According to Corey Binns on livescience.com a good rule of thumb is to evaluate your ability to carry on a conversation.  If you have to raise your voice to talk to someone, while music is playing, it is too loud.  Within the post, Binns provides commentary from Gordon Hughes, of  the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders.  He noted roughly 26 million people experience high-frequency hearing loss due to loud noise exposure.  It was further detailed that most MP3 players can produce 100-110 decibels of sound.  This is not a linear scale, rather it is a logarithmic scale.  For every 10 point increase in the decibel, it is a 10x increase in the power ratio.  If you are listening to 100 decibel sound, this is 100x louder than if you were listening to the same sounds at 80 decibels.

It is currently believed that a decibel rating of about 85 is the safest upper limit, for semi-prolonged listening.  According to dangerousdecibels.com, you can listen to 85 decibel sound for about 8 hours without any lasting effect upon hearing.  For every 3 decibel increase, you can expect to cut this time in half.  At 100 decibel, hearing damage begins at roughly 15 minutes.  Thus, just like with anything, limits must be set to protect the children from a threat that they may not understand.  Luckily, iClever has a set of over-the-ear style headphones called BoostCare Halloween Bat-Inspired headphones.  These are stylish and functional, protecting the ears of your children from sound pressure damage.

iClever BoostCare Headphones for Children REVIEW

The product arrived in typical iClever packaging, with a plain cardboard style box with black metallic colored iClever logo.  Opening the lid, your will notice the headphones are a single piece, over-the-ear style headphone with silicone bat wings. The coloration is very appealing and gives it a Batman-esque appearance.  On the outside of each ear cup is a yellow painted disc, consistent with a full moon, and multiple black bats.  The headphones are designed for children 3 years and older, being easily adjustable and containing incredibly comfortable ear pad foam.  The 3.5mm headphone jack is nearly universal and should work with any device with a 3.5mm Jack.  The 4-foot cord is tangle free, preventing a similar problem that is found in some other headphones.  It is very easy to adjust the headband, my 5-year old had no issues with self-adjustment.  Unfortunately, this headset will likely not fit an adult head, as the device is meant to fit smaller body sizes.  They are lightweight, weighing 3.4 ounces and are made of food-grade materials.  Before you think that these are simply another set of earphones, it is important to note that they are sound limiting.  This provides a technology to limit the sound to 85 decibels.  No matter how high you turn up the sound, the drivers only output 85 decibels.

The complication about sound output is that the device player (iPhone, iPad, iPod) often has a slider, depicting a given percent of sound possibility.  The actual sound limitation comes from the headphones and is very device dependent.  With the iClever headphones, the built-in circuitry limits the sound pressure to just at 85 decibels.  Using the application decibel 10th: professional noise meter, I was able to show that the max output is 85 decibel.  Thus, increasing the sound to the max (100-105 decibel on some headphones) only allows the 85-decibel maximum. My children absolutely love these headphones and we feel that they are perfectly loud at about 3/4 slider on my iPad 2 and iPad Air 2.  The frequency range is listed at 20-20KHz.  However, the upper limit of normal for my hearing is about 14KH and for my 5-year-old is about 16-17KHz.  As we get older, we hear less of the higher frequency sounds.  Using audiocheck.net, I was able to hear 20-14KHz, which is about as good as I would expect with any device.

iClever BoostCare Headphones for Children REVIEW

Summary:

The headphones are comfortable and are real winners to my children.  Whether we are watching YouTube videos on our tablets or playing 3DS/2DS, my children like their own time.  This way, they can listen to what they desire and still have the full enjoyment.  I did notice that there was some mild fluctuation in the output but the overall average was 85 Decibel, which was really reassuring.  Combining the sound limitation with my CleanRouter for content protection, I am better able to protect my children.  For the price, I do not think you will find a better quality device.  These are not intended to be for the audiophiles, the dynamics are not as strong as my Bose on-ear sets, but again, I do not want them to be and would never expect this.  The look and feel are perfect for my 7 and 5-year-old sons.  Even my 18-month-old daughter used them to watch Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, hundreds of times, during her recent hospital stay. I am aware that the device is meant for children age >3.  Having utilized the devices for the past week, my wife and I can enjoy a program while our children play their desired content (adult approved of course).  I would rate the iClever Over-the-Ear BoostCare headphones at 5/5 stars.  I would highly encourage the unit for anyone with children. Remember, your headphones are designed for you and are meant for their little ears.
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