The Ears Have It
Schools usually buy the plainest black headphones they can, but they don’t have to. With the iClever BoostCare family of headphones, the class can listen to their podcasts, lessons and music with a little extra style. There are Cat-Inspired headphones in pink or blue with small ears, Christmas Reindeer antlers in red and Halloween headphones with bat wings in yellow and black.
They cost $17 (for the bat wing set), $20 (for the reindeer set) or $25 (for the cat set) and have adjustable headbands that are sized for small children with soft ear muffs. The headphones can be twisted and the 47-inch audio cord is not only tangle-proof but you can pull it without damaging the cable or 3.5-mm plug.
Each ear muff has a 30mm driver that delivers 20 to 20,000 hertz frequency response, roughly mirroring human hearing. They are excellent for listening to everything from spoken word programming to music to the audio output of edugames. None of them, however, have a volume control, but are electronically limited to deliver no more than 85 decibels of sound to tender ears, so there won’t be any damage.
These headphones sound as good as they look, and are perfect for the first few grades. They may cost a little more than the bargain basement headphones that schools generally buy, but these are different in that they include an 18-month replacement warranty that can be extended to 30-months, or two-and-a-half years, if you register.