The list includes popular children's brands like paw patrol, power rangers and Disney princesses.
"We certainly don't want to take all these toys away," Patterson said.
In addition to being an audiologist, Patterson is a mom. So, she's found ways to make even the loudest of toys safe.
She says you can:
Put tape over speakers
Get inside the toy and put felt between speakers and where sound comes out
For toys like a hammer, she recommends covering the contact end with felt
Some parents limit loud toys by rotating them out
Or even skipping batteries in some of them.
The Toy Association sent the following statement to TODAY'S TMJ4:
"No toys intended for children and sold in the United States have been found to be dangerous based on their sound level. Toys sold in this country are required to comply with standards that include limits on sound level output.
Consistent with its concern for the safety and well-being of all children, in developing these standards the toy industry turned to a noted audiologist and expert on child and adolescent hearing for input, guidance, and leadership. The acoustic standard is included in ASTM F963, the toy safety standard that is federal law in the U.S. and has been modeled internationally.
Parents are reminded to listen to toys that make sounds before purchasing them to make sure they are appropriate for their children and fit within their family environment. Since children’s toys on store shelves already comply with limits on sound level, choosing toys with an “acceptable” level of sound is a matter of personal preference. Always look for a volume control or an on/off switch."