Babies and your Home Theater!

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  1. Micheal

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    I know this has been touched on before but I wanted to bring it up again for some discussion. My wife and I finished our pre-natal courses last night and I asked the instructor a few questions about babies & the possibility of hearing damage in loud HT's.

    The instructor (who is actually hearing impaired herself) assured me that there would be no risk to my child's hearing. She said that if the volume level wasn't bothering me then it probably wouldn't bother the baby either. (I know my hearing is well above par so it's not a question of... "well, if you're hard of hearing you'll have it turned up too loud for the baby")

    She went on to say that... if it's not as loud as a rock concert (when you're left with "ringing" in your ears) then it shouldn't be a problem. Apparently hearing loss is more related to the nerves and not the actual eardrum itself. I was also told to watch the baby for cues, if the child seemed bothered or under distress... turn it down.

    What do you guys think?
     
  2. Mark Fitzsimmons

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    My opinion?

    Don't risk it.
     
  3. Todd Hochard

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    Let me ask (as I have both a Home Theater and a small child)- what would be the point of listening to a movie that loud with the baby in the room? I can't think of any. Watch once the baby is in bed, and use a baby monitor to be alerted.
    My daughter likes to watch movies (in fact, she now uses it more than I do, except she insists that it be a family affair. She says "C'mon Daddy" every time Beauty and the Beast starts. I've seen it so many times, I forget what it is about.[​IMG] ), but there not turned up very loud. You can hear all the details, but not anything excessive. For reference (not that it correlates to your setup), on my Denon AVR-3300, the volume is at about -20db max when she's in the room. Plenty loud enough to get it, but it's not rocking the house.

    Todd
     
  4. Micheal

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  5. Lew Crippen

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    It all comes down to the definition of ‘enjoyable level’. I’ve seen babies go to sleep in the middle of a gamelon orchestra (the Indonesian gongs) just as happy as pie.

    So long as enjoyable is not too loud and stimulation is not assault of the senses, you should be fine.
     
  6. Matthew Todd

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    We have a 14 month old girl, and this was one of the interesting things to me (among many!). We have a front projector set up, and she loved watching the colors on screen (or wall). She often was just mesmerized by the light thown on the screen.

    I don't think you'll have any trouble soundwise if you're just playing it at comfortable volumes.

    I have noticed that sometimes if I'm doing a demo at reference level some of the littlest kids will plug their ears. If their doing that, you know it's probably too loud for them (and maybe you!)[​IMG]
     
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    I have a 6 month old.

    1. Whenever the tv is on, she'll watch it. I don't want her to get too attach to the tube.

    2. To be on the safe side. I assume all baby parts are more sensitive than ours, including eardrums.

    3. When the baby is around, I can never really fully enjoy 5.1 anyway [​IMG].

    Conclusion, watch soft shows when she's around like sitcoms or some movies that don't really require great audio.

    The porns, violent/action movies (decent audio level on but not too loud) when she's somewhere else [​IMG].
     
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    To me, a baby's crying/screams are way louder (perceptually) than a HT. If crying doesn't hurt their ears then I wouldn't worry about responsible use of the HT. Some more food for thought...
     
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    I agree with Mark. Don't risk it.
    I have tinnitus so I am very protective of my sons' hearing.
     
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    Something I found
     
  13. Tom Meyer

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    yeah, but that's the same for adults as it is for babies. And by "prolonged", they don't mean 90 minutes of comparatively low volume. They're talking about people who are exposed to dangerous levels day in, day out. Not people who watch their home theater once or twice a week at levels waaaay lower than a rock concert, jackhammer or airplane engine.
     
  14. Micheal

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    I'll play it fairly safe. I wear earplugs when I mow the lawn for Pete's sake![​IMG]
     
  15. Andrew Pratt

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    Micheal first of congrat's on the upcoming new arrival!

    Secondly you're being treated much more fairly then I was when I asked the same question a few months ago (I had that thread locked since it wasn't going anywhere pleasant[​IMG] ) anyway you're on the right track just keep the volume plenty low and you'll be fine....running in dynamic compression mode might not be a bad idea either.
     
  16. Micheal

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    I really think common sense prevails in this case. Good luck finding time to actually enjoy your HT once the new arrival comes home.
     
  19. Shayne Lebrun

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    Aye, good luck finding time.

    That having been said, *NEVER* reduce your regular level of household noise around a new baby!

    If the environment is 'regular noisy,' the kid will fall asleep in regular noise, not a problem.

    If everybody tip-toes around, the kid will learn to wake up, generally crying, at a pindrop.
     
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