Division of ENT (Otolaryngology) 
Phone: 217-545-8000
Fax: 217-545-0253
Email: ent@siumed.edu  
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The pediatric otolaryngology team delivers comprehensive and personalized care for children with disorders of the ear, nose, throat and related structures.  Children face many of the same health problems that adults do, however, symptoms may show themselves differently and treatment methods that work well in adults may not be appropriate for children. 

Conditions we treat include but are not limited to:

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Infant Sleep Machines

Infant sleep machines (ISMs) are devices used to play sounds or noises to promote continuous sleep. These ISMs work by creating ambient noises and/or masking environmental sounds. ISMs have been endorsed by parents and on many websites to reduce sleep disturbance. Recent research by Hugh and colleagues (2014) found many of the commercially available ISMs produced sounds at volumes that may negatively impact hearing; meaning they exceed the 1-hour recommended maximum safe exposure for infants. These devices are sold with limited or no instructions for safe use.  The researchers investigated 14 different ISMs with 65 difference sounds and found when the volume on the devices was set to the maximum level, at distances of both 30 and 100 cm, all 14 ISMs produced sounds at intensity levels that exceeded the safe exposure level for babies. At a greater distance of 200 cm., 13 of the 14 devices were found to exceed the maximum safe exposure level for babies. The authors’ note they only tested at the maximum volume of each device. Parents should be cautious when using ISMs to limit the volume setting and maximize the distance of the machine to their child’s crib/bed. Infants’ auditory systems are still developing and we need to take precautions not to cause noise-induced hearing loss.     

Hugh, S. C., Wolter, N. E., Propst, E. j., Gordon, K. A., Cushing, S. l., & Papsin, B. c. (2014). Infant sleep machines and hazardous sound pressure levels. Pediatrics, 133 (4).