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We are thinking of getting ds (5, autism) an MP3 player. We need it for therapy purposes (theory is that if he has this playing soft, calming music that it'll help get him through tough situations, like stores). I would love to get one and just be able to keep it in my purse to pull out whenever we need it.<br><br>
The only thing stopping us... is it safe to use those ear buds in kids? I would appreciate if anyone has any info on it! Thanks!
 

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NO info, just opinion. Ear buds hurt MY ears. Unless you can find some small enough, I wouldn't use them. And even if you can find them, I wouldn't do it. I would just get proper headphones.
 

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I agree with Milky. I hate ear buds. Will he even tolerate the ear buds?
 

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My 2.5 year old loves my MP3 player and we've found that he can hear the music well with the ear buds just draped around his shoulders. There's less risk of damage to his ears from volume and he still gets to listen to the music.
 

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we haven't had much luck finding ear buds or headphones that work for our kiddoes. they have some $$ headphones that i would try if they were cheaper. we ended up getting small speakers that snap into the headphone jack of jet's mp3/movie player. that has worked well. they were only $5.
 

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I don't know yet. DP has some in his Ipod but we haven't let ds try them yet. Wanted more info on them before I made that decision.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">My 2.5 year old loves my MP3 player and we've found that he can hear the music well with the ear buds just draped around his shoulders. There's less risk of damage to his ears from volume and he still gets to listen to the music.</div>
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I guess I'm not horribly worried about the volume. The volume would be turned way down, just to the point that he can hear it but not block out everything else in the world. We use special headphones (with special music) in his therapy and this works great. It's not loud at all, just there. But these headphones are $$$ so not practical to buy them right now.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">we haven't had much luck finding ear buds or headphones that work for our kiddoes. they have some $$ headphones that i would try if they were cheaper. we ended up getting small speakers that snap into the headphone jack of jet's mp3/movie player. that has worked well. they were only $5.</div>
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I've thought about speakers, but I don't think that'll help much in the situations I'm thinking of. It'll just add more noise to the environment, instead of helping block some (not all) out while providing soothing noise. Does that make sense?<br><br>
Thanks all! It seems like everyone is saying no, but nobody has seen any research on it. Hmmm..... may just go out and find some headphones instead.
 

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There are some that kind of hook over the ears instead of sitting in the ears. We have some made (or at least marketed) by I think Disney, at least they have a D that looks like the Disney logo on them, and they have a maximum volume on them so you don't have to worry about the music or whatever getting too loud. But we got them a few years ago so I don't know if they're still available.
 

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Or whatever that will be more comfortable for your DS. But if I were to choose, i prefer the headphones and or the one mamazee was saying<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">, because ear buds hurt my ears <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I've never used ear bud speakers, but my son who wears behind the ear hearing aids, his aids get icky from the wax, we are able to remove the part that sticks in the ear, so they don't stay that way, but they do get pretty gross. I don't know... part of me from seeing, experancing that thinks that headphones would be the better choice, might elimanate a possible ear infection, wax impaction...<br><br>
Recently he shared an ear fungus with me because I have to listen to his aids to make sure they are working and being lazy I did not use the little attachment, stethascope sorta thing... just put his aids up to my own ears, so if the ear buds may be shared with others, I'd say get each person their own set.<br><br>
Tip if you find some that fit over the ears, and they flop around when your son is active, they sell tupee, wig tape, can buy it at the beauty supply places or a wig store, it's double sided sticky, but doesn't rip skin and hair when removed, a little piece stuck to the back of the ear piece and then to the head keeps them in place.
 
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