New research shows some Christmas toys are loud enough to cause permanent hearing loss.
A British charity for deafness research commissioned a study of fifteen popular toys coming out this holiday season. That group found 14 out of 15 toys produced noise levels higher than recommended when the toy was held close to the ear and that eight out of 15 had high noise levels from just a short distance away.
The biggest offender: toy guns. They were loud enough to cause immediate damage to an unprotected ear. Researchers say parents have new reason to caution kids about keeping the noise down and not holding noisemakers right up to their ears.