In the world of aviation headsets, there are many options for adult pilots, from passive to those with Active Noise Reduction. From basic models to premium ANR headsets for the discerning pilot. But what about those individuals in your aircraft who sitting in the back napping, or playing on their iPads, coloring, or watching a Disney flick as you tote them around?
We are talking about headsets for children.
There are a few manufacturers who have created “children’s headsets” designed and marketed just for kids. These models are typically low price, sometimes bright-colored to appeal to a younger audience, and are primarily smaller in construction to fit smaller heads.
At Lightspeed, we actually recommend our Sierra model for youth passengers. This particular model has a unique adjustable construction, so that the headset can be small enough to fit a toddler or opened up to fit an adult. There is a thick head pad on top and the performance ear seals are very plush, so there is side compression that will hold it to the child’s head, not by excessive clamping force.
Our performance ear seals on the Sierra are also specially designed so that the entire ear fits inside. So, wearing a headset is not an annoyance or an aggravation to children, either, which protects delicate hearing. That, and the fact that you can adjust it to fit, there’s no pinching happening with the Sierra.
Poor fit on some of the other child headsets can cause gaps between the ear seals and your child’s ear and can create that warbling effect. Thus, your younger passenger may choose to simply remove it if it is uncomfortable.
Sierras fit children, and because it’s an ANR headset, you get all of the benefits that come with that. Another reason why the Sierra works so well with children is because you can plug in or Bluetooth their iPads and have them listen to music, watch videos, play games or whatever. And they are still connected to you during your travels.
Finally, when they grow, they can keep the same headset because it will adjust to suit a teenager or a young adult. It grows with the individual. The Sierra is a headset for life.