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11 Times Your Child Needs Banz Earmuffs

Our modern world is noiser than ever before – and babies and children go to events with the family that could place their delicate hearing at risk.

Did you know? Damage to hearing accumulates and can’t be reversed – unlike a cut on the finger, damage to your child’s hearing won’t heal.

This damage is known as noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Even a single noise event can cause hearing loss if it’s too loud, such as a loud concert or fireworks.

The National Foundation for the Deaf in New Zealand says: “No matter how old or young you are, too much exposure to loud noise can permanently damage your hearing and cause NIHL… if you think it’s too loud, it probably is!”

Children have much more sensitive hearing than adults, as the bones of their skull are much thinner, and their hearing is ‘new’ and undamaged. What’s loud to you is super-loud – and often painful – to them.

The best way to prevent hearing loss in babies and children is to use high-quality earmuffs. Banz earmuffs have a Noise Reduction Rate of a grunty 31 decibels, giving a Class 4 rating – only one grade less than industrial-strength earmuffs – and meet all relevant international standards.

Fun fact: Wearing Banz earmuffs won’t deafen a child. They are noise-reducing earmuffs, not a cone of silence! This means they’re still able to hear what you say to them.

A note on using ear plugs for children: ear plugs are often too big for a child’s small ear canal. If they’re cut down, they still may not fit the canal properly and allow noise through. Also, those pretty-coloured ear plugs are a real choking hazard!

So, when should babies and kids be wearing hearing protection?

Flying: The noise of take-off may upset some young children, so hearing protection is recommended.

Also, an airplane cabin is a confined, noisy place! Other people, other children and in-flight announcements can be incredibly disturbing for little ones in this unfamiliar and strange situation.

Wearing Banz earmuffs allows them to retreat into a quieter world – often babies will simply fall asleep.

Come fly with me! Happy on the plane in Banz earmuffs

 

Fireworks: Backyard fireworks at Guy Fawkes are a Kiwi tradition – but is it worth risking your children’s hearing for a few pretty sparkles?

Although crackers and sky rockets have been banned for several years, the explosive sounds of fireworks have become louder in recent years – and it only takes one noise event to cause damage!

Organised displays are even louder – although the fireworks generally detonated further away from the ground – there’s more BANG for your buck! Earmuffs are a necessity.

Fireworks’ loud bangs mean your kids need hearing protection

 

Motorsport: Revving engines, squealing tyres and crashes are great family fun! But it’s simply too loud for young children’s hearing. You’ll see the race officials wearing hearing protection at motor racing events – it’s even more essential for kids.

 

Safe ‘n’ sound at monster trucks

 

Working with tools/ home renos: If you have the builders in – or are doing the job yourself – then you’ll be surrounded by noise while the job’s underway. The professionals wear hearing protection and everyone around them should too – especially kids!

This includes the times when they’re helping Mum or Dad in the workshop.

Great to see sight and sound protection in use
Great to see sight and sound protection in use

 

Loud events: Such as festivals, children’s concerts, airshows – if we take our kids where we can’t control sound levels, and we know the entertainment’s likely to be loud, it’s better to be safe and take hearing protection.

At seated concerts you can’t move away from the source of loud noise – and even The Wiggles and Paw Patrol may be too loud, especially if the setting is a large arena. Add in the roar of an excited crowd of children and the decibels soar. Parents have shared stories online of upset children with hands clamped over their ears, due to excess sound levels.

Don’t let noise spoil family occasions – use Banz earmuffs.

Don't let loud noise spoil the fun!
Don’t let loud noise spoil the fun!

 

Movies: We love to take the kids to the movies, but the soundtrack may be set at ear-damaging levels.

Moviegoers have measured sounds during films at volumes reaching 98 decibels. That’s almost as loud as a train passing or an airplane taking off. According to a cinema owner, 85 decibels is about the average volume of dialogue in movies. As New York’s Children’s Hearing Institute recommends children not be exposed to noises over 80 decibels (the level of city street traffic), that’s a problem.

A sound level of 85 decibels “is where you want to stay below,” says Kit Frank, a U.S audiologist. Beyond that, “you start to hit into the range where you could potentially cause damage” to adult hearing – let alone children.

But surely, movies aimed at kids are quieter? Not necessarily. Storks, an 2016 animated feature for kids, hit a peak of 99.3 decibels.

Another occasion for Banz earmuffs!

Mum and Dad take their little one to the movies – safely!

 

Childcare centres: Preschools can be very noisy places. So much so that, in New Zealand, the National Foundation for the Deaf has developed the Safe Sound Indicator – a traffic-light system – especially to raise awareness of the noise in preschools. The fix? use Banz earmuffs to ‘turn down the volume’ for little ones upset by noise overwhelm.

The obvious area at a pre-school where earmuffs should be worn is at the carpentry table – this is good modelling of a safety practice. We have already supplied many pre-schools with Banz earmuffs – why not suggest it to the management at your centre?

 

No chance of ‘noise overwhelm’ at this preschool!

 

On the farm: Loud machinery is the enemy of hearing. Adults undertaking farm duties generally know to wear hearing protection – but if their kids are around the chainsaws, tractors, trucks, weedeaters and the like, farmers need to protect their hearing as well. Some animals are really, really loud – did you know a pig squealing can be as loud as a snowmobile’s engine? Banz earmuffs are very popular in New Zealand’s rural communities!

 

‘Helping’ on the farm – with safe ears

 

Noise-sensitive children: Some children are more sensitive to loud noise and overstimulation than others. Wearing Banz earmuffs in triggering situations allows a child the chance to regroup by dulling down the external stimulation – many customers have described their child’s Banz earmuffs as “a life saver”. Children with autism and sensory processing disorder find Banz earmuffs particularly useful.

Noise-sensitive children really benefit from Banz earmuffs
Noise-sensitive children really benefit from Banz earmuffs

 

At home: It’s possible your child may find noises around the home, such as vacuum cleaners and blenders, too loud. Slip on a set of Banz earmuffs and they’re happy! Parents who practice their drumming – or any instrument – at home can now protect their child’s ears from harm and not just from bum notes!

Much happier around blender noise wearing Banz earmuffs!

 

Sports: And… the crowd goes wild! We all want to support the team, but the sheer volume of the roar of the crowd at a game can be overwhelming for little ones, scary and harmful to their hearing. Sound levels at major games have been measured at the same level as a jet engine taking off… over and over and over… Play safe and invest in Banz earmuffs for your kids.

Yes! My ears are comfy and my team’s winning!

 

So, when do your children wear their Banz earmuffs? Comment and tell us!

 

 

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The stars come out for Banz!

Facebook reminded me recently that it’s been a year since we saw the news out of the U.K – Prince George wore Banz Mini Muffs when he was at his first official public engagement, with his parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – Prince William and the lovely Kate Middleton, to you and me!

Apart from my first reaction of “OMG, has that been a whole year, where does time go???”, it occurred to me that so many celebs worldwide rely on Banz hearing protection for their babies and kids and I haven’t got all the photos in one place.

So, here’s the round-up of a variety of famous people and their kids over the past few years.

Warning – cute baby pics ahead!

First up, here’s our royal Banz Fan, Prince George!

Musicians know how important it is to protect their hearing. The coolest use Banz Mini Muffs and Protective Earmuffs for their kids!

Sporting events are so loud! It’s great to see our sporting heroes take hearing protection for their kids so seriously and use Banz!

That’s the best of the best in Banz – keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram feeds, where I’ll feature future celeb kids in Banz gear.

 

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Winter packs a wallop!

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It’s winter!
Time to rug up beneath layers and puffer jackets, scarves and woolly hats (and hey, don’t we all love a good pom pom?).

Girl in winter gear
                 Winter… time to rug up

Time to forget about slathering on sunscreen, using sunglasses – there’s no sunshine to hurt you, right?

Woah, Nellie! Not so right.

If you don’t want to feel the burn, you’ll carry on using sun protection right through the cooler months.

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Why? Although there’s no obvious heat from the sun in winter, burning U.V rays still make it through the atmosphere – even when it’s cloudy.

These rays can be dangerous…

Driving in low sun conditions

This is most obvious late in the afternoon, when sunstrike can be a big problem, not just for the driver, but for those little ones in the back.

Children strapped into car seats can’t move out of the sun. Apart from making them cranky – having sun in the eyes is no fun, as we all know – bright rays also cause damage to little eyes that are much more delicate than our own.

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         Driving in winter – sunstrike danger!

Make sure your kids wear their 100% UV-blocking Banz sunglasses in the car. As well as protecting their eyes from sunstrike, you’ll be setting them up with good sunglasses-wearing habits year-round.

The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) website also advises drivers to keep their windscreen clean; wear sunglasses themselves; use sun visors – and to take especial care if the sun is reflecting off snow, which can also cause snow blindness.

On the skifield

When you’re at the mountain, you’ll see everyone – yes, everyone! – wearing ski goggles. That’s because snow blindness is a thing – and it’s awful. Painful red, swimmy eyes spoil any winter holiday!

Your children should use SkiBanz, helmet-compatible, fully featured ski Goggles by Banz. In three cute colours, these goggles have an anti-fogging system and 100% UV-blocking lenses – find them here!

        Safe on the slopes in SkiBanz snow goggles

For kids under four, get extended use from their Banz sunglasses by wearing them on the mountain! Look here.

           Adventure Banz sunnies: year-round!

Here’s a fun fact for you: UV radiation exposure increases 10-12% with every 1000 feet above sea level, and the sun’s rays also reflect off the snow. So don’t forget to apply sunscreen regularly, even when it’s cloudy – 80% of the sun’s U.V rays can penetrate cloud.

Try Oasis Sun, the Kiwi-made sunscreen with SPF30+ protection, which includes natural and organic goodies such as shea butter, jojoba oil and Vitamin E. Find it here.

Oasis Sun natural SPF 30+ sunscreen, 250ml
      Oasis Sun natural SPF 30+ sunscreen, 250ml

 

Out and about

Life doesn’t stop during cold weather! You and the family still need to get outside. If there’s glare from snow – or even windy conditions – wearing sunglasses can really help.

If you’re in a situation where there’s lots of bits flying in the wind – a sandy beach walk, or even dusty streets – the close-fitting, wraparound design of Adventure Banz and Retro Banz sunnies (look here) keep flying debris out of little ones’ eyes. For older kids, JBanz Flexerz and Wrapz sunglasses styles do a great job! Find the JBanz range here.

JBanz Wrapz help to keep foreign objects out of eyes

Don’t forget to take care of your family’s skin in winter. The moisturising ingredients in sunscreen help to combat wind burn – and mop up the UV rays. Skin experts also recommend continuing to use sunscreen as part of your skincare routine through winter to prevent premature ageing.

If you do get wind burned, the best remedy is Oasis’ Rhino Repair cream. A powerful natural skin healer, this lovely cream can be used on the whole family and, like Oasis Sun sunscreen, uses natural and organic ingredients – manuka, honey, aloe vera, neem, rosehip… the list goes on! It’s also recommended by the New Zealand Eczema Association, so you know it’s good. Find Rhino Repair here.

          Oasis Rhino Repair cream soothes wind burn

           

The upshot is… use sunglasses and sunscreens year-round. It’ll make your family so much more comfortable and save them from loading up on extra U.V radiation over winter- and who wouldn’t want that?

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He’s the reason for it all…

Blue The original Banz baby!

See that cutie in the purple sunglasses and blue sunhat? That’s our boy Jack, at the age of about nine months.

Jack was the reason we – me, Andrea and my husband Tony – decided to bring Banz into New Zealand in 2005.

When Jack was born in April 2005, we were rapt. Our precious bundle was never going to come to any harm, so we looked around for all the safety gear new parents get – monitors, straps, gates…

But the one thing we couldn’t find was sunglasses, important as we have relatives in Australia and we wanted to visit as much as possible. Yet we were aware that the sun caused damage to vulnerable eyes – and hey, we felt much more comfortable with our sunnies on, so our baby would, too.

During an Australian visit, when Jack was five months old, we saw Banz sunglasses in a Sydney chemist. At last, just what we were looking for! We bought a pair – Purple, the ones in the pic above – and were amazed that he took to them so readily. And he looked so cute! People actually stopped us in the street to say how cute he looked.

We knew we were onto a winner. Contact with the Australian supplier confirmed that yes, they were looking for a New Zealand distributor  – so we took it on.

Today, Jack is 12 years old! He’s grown up in front of the camera wearing Banz gear, just as many of your kids have, too.

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 Modelling Adventure Banz in Red at the age of four

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Cheeky! JBanz sunglasses and Kiwi Black earmuffs, 2012

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Nine years old – with Red earmuffs

Now he’s 12 – and still wearing Banz (JBanz Flexerz sunglasses, this time!)

Have your kids grown up with Banz? Tell us!