Baby sleeping in a crib

Studies have proven that devices that produce a lulling sound to soothe a baby to sleep can damage an infant’s hearing if they are used at maximum volume. Gordon Hughes, M.D., of the NIDCD, was asked by The New York Times to comment on the study in the article, Infant Sleep Machines at Maximum Volume Reported as Hearing Risk. Dr. Hughes said, “Unless parents are adequately warned of the danger, or the design of the machines by manufacturers is changed to be safer, then the potential for harm exists, and parents need to know about it.” Parents who use these machines to help their babies sleep might want to check their volume levels.

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