Loud Noises and Newborns
5th April, 2024

Newborns are generally quite sensitive to loud noises as their auditory system is continuing to develop. Because of this, they often startle by sudden, unexpected loud noises. Premature babies often have heightened sensitivity to loud noises due to the immaturity of their sensory systems.

However, this is not always the case for babies, not all will have the same level of sensitivity as others. It is advised that the environment should always be kept as quiet an clam as possible, simply for the protection of their delicate ears.

Babies should be shielded from loud noises from newborn up until their early years, where although they will have grown, they are still more sensitive to loud noises than older children and adults. As babies grow, they become naturally more exposed to loud noises in their everyday environment.


Newborns are born with a sensitive cochlear.

Newborns are born with a sensitive cochlear.


Here are some common sources of loud noises to be wary of when caring for a baby:

Household Appliances: Some household appliances, such as vacuum cleaners, blenders, hair dryers, and lawn mowers, can produce loud noises that may startle or discomfort a baby.

Traffic and Construction: Living near busy roads or construction sites can expose babies to constant loud noises from vehicles, machinery, and construction activities.

Events with Amplified Music: Concerts, music festivals, and other events with amplified music can reach dangerously high decibel levels, potentially causing hearing damage to babies if they are exposed for prolonged periods.

Fireworks: Fireworks displays produce extremely loud noises that can be distressing and harmful to a baby’s sensitive ears, especially the sudden and prolonged display.

Sporting Events: Sporting events held in large stadiums or arenas can generate loud cheers, chants, and announcements, which may be overwhelming for babies.

Air Travel: The noise level inside an aircraft during take-off and landing can be quite loud. Additionally, the constant hum of the airplane’s engines throughout the flight may also pose a risk to a baby’s hearing or cause general discomfort.

In a lot of hospital settings, healthcare professionals will shield the infants ears using ear muffs, where necessary. This helps to shield them from loud noise exposure and provide a barrier to keep the baby comfortable, especially if they are born premature. 

Overall, infant ear noise muffs can offer peace of mind for parents, knowing that they are taking proactive steps to safeguard their baby’s hearing and well-being in noisy environments. However, it’s important to use them appropriately and in accordance with manufacturer guidelines to ensure maximum effectiveness and safety.


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