One of the most common, yet often ignored issues with newborns and infants, is the safety of their sensitive senses, such as eye sight, feeling, taste, and hearing. Senses is actually a deviation from the word sensitive, because of the relation of the origins of these words, and just how susceptible they are.
Until babies build a bit of fortitude, it can often times be very taxing on them to endure influences from the outside world, and parents often times take for granted that they can permanently damage their young ones, just doing day to day processes, simply because they don’t realize the massive difference in what they take in versus their babies. No sense is more susceptible in this regard, than hearing.
Parents should take extra precautions to ensure that their kids have the proper hearing protection, whether that means to just keep them inside, or purchasing ear protection, or hearing aids. These can have large differences in both type, quality, and purpose. Some ear protection is meant solely for day to day use, and has softens the tone of low frequency noises. Other protection is there to be used against more extreme frequency levels, such as loud cars, mowers, and the shooting of guns. The best ear protection for shooting are full range, active ear muffs, that completely dampen incoming sound.
On the other hand, for day to day use, passive ear muffs are often the best solution, because they allow some noise in, while still allowing the child to hear other noises, such as spoken words, music, and important dialogue. Obviously you shouldn’t shut your child from the world, and hearing is an important source of information that will allow your baby to learn quickly.
For this reason, look into purchasing electronic ear muffs. These are more expensive, but they have processors which quickly will dampen noises within a certain range, and allow other noises in. Some of the best brands on the market include ProEars, Howard Leight, and Surefire, which manufacture and distribute affordable, multi-faceted muffs. On the other hand 3M Peltor is probably the most common, quality brand when it comes to protection against the highest frequency sources such as guns.