Hand dryer volume harmful to kids’ ears
Newly published research finds the noise from bathroom hand dryers may be harmful to children’s ears.
And the study’s author can speak from personal experience.
“Sometimes after using hand dryers my ears would start ringing,” 13-year-old Nora Keegan from Calgary, Canada, told NPR. “I also noticed that children would not want to use hand dryers, and they’d be covering their ears.”
She found that Xlerator hand dryers and two types of Dyson Airblade hand dryers posed the greatest threats to children’s hearing, exceeding 100 decibels (the maximum allowable noise level for products/toys meant for children).