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Noisy toys hard on hearing

What factors do you think about when choosing a toy for your child? Many toys can hurt your children's hearing.

"You wanna hold your dolly and its right in your ear," said Michele Michaels with Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing. "It's loud even for me with my hearing aids on."

Micheals said repeated exposure to noisy toys like these can cause permanent hearing damage in your children.

It's a more common problem than you might think: in first grade, less than 1 percent of all kids have hearing loss, but by the time they are teenagers, 20 percent have hearing loss.

Despite that toy sound levels aren't regulated, so Michaels says it's up to parents to do it themselves.

Healthy decibel levels are 85 or below, but if you don't have a decibel meter you're not out of luck, there are plenty of free apps you can down load on you smart phone to measure toys' sound. But if you already own a "noisy" toy, put heavy thick tape over the speaker.

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