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Etymotic Research ETY Kids 3

Safe-listening in-ear headphones

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Our take on the Etymotic Research ETY Kids 3

Etymotic Research has their roots in audiology, so they're serious about preserving your children's hearing. The ETY Kids 3 in-ear headphones are much safer for your kids than the earbuds that come with your phone. But I want to make sure we're clear about what these volume-limiting headphones can and can't do.

Designed for safer listening

Etymotic Research has their roots in audiology, so they're serious about preserving your children's hearing. The ETY Kids 3 in-ear headphones are much safer for your kids than the earbuds that come with your phone. But I want to make sure we're clear about what these volume-limiting headphones can and can't do.

Even with these safe-listening 'phones, moderation is recommended

These headphones best protect your kids' ears by sealing out all the competing noises around them — eliminating the need to crank up the volume on their listening device. But Etymotic also controlled the headphone sensitivity. So even with the volume maxed out, the sound output goes no higher than 88dB.

That's much lower than your typical headphone, but remember that younger ears are still developing. So we recommend limiting your kids' headphone time. In fact all of us who use headphones should remember to take a break — I have to remind myself of that sometimes when I'm testing them.

Refreshing sound for all ages

It's never too early to teach your kids the value of good sound. The ETY Kids 3 headphones deliver the clear, true-to-the-recording performance that helped Etymotic build a storied reputation among those of us "seriously into audio." You might not be able to control your kids' taste in music, but you can help them appreciate how it sounds. 

Some of the best noise isolation available

Kids often wear headphones in noisy places, like the back seat of a car, bus, or on a subway train. Etymotic earphones fit safely and snugly like a pair of earplugs and block out 35-42dB of outside noise — some of the best noise isolation numbers I've ever seen. They fit deep into the ear, and it can be a little tricky to get the proper seal. You may have to help out the first few times, depending on the age of your children.

Stay aware of your surroundings

These headphones are great to us in a crowded or loud environment — no matter your age! But with that kind of noise isolation, these headphones shouldn't be used for walking down the street. It works so well that it could be unsafe.

Product Highlights:

  • kid-friendly in-ear headphones
    • limits volume output to safer listening levels
    • max volume: 88 dB
    • For ages 4 and up (some small parts)
  • 6mm dynamic drivers deliver clear sound
  • includes 2 sizes of triple-flange silicone ear tips
  • 35-42dB of noise attenuation
    • deep, earplug-style fit greatly reduces outside noise
    • allows safer, lower listening levels
  • in-line remote and microphone for Apple® iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod®
  • clothing clip
  • zippered carrying case
  • frequency response: 20-15,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 76 dB
  • impedance: 300 ohms
  • volume-limiting feature works when connected to most music sources, but does not work with a separate headphone amp
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • In-ear headphones with attached 48" cable and in-line remote/microphone (3.5mm plug)
  • 2 Pairs of 3-flange ear tips (1 pair installed)
  • 1 Pair of Glider ear tips
  • Zippered storage pouch
  • User Manual
  • "Caution/Important" sheet

Etymotic Research ETY Kids 3 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(1 Review)

Best for kids' ears

Thomas from Annapolis, MD on 12/27/2017

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Great product, fit, function an quality. Like thei other products, the Ety 3 kids provides great sounds while at the same time preventing kids from blowing out their eardrums. The fit is more tailored to children's ear, not wimpy a "small" earplug. Now your kids and grandkids can listen to their music without you having to hear it or tell them to turn in down!

Pros: Quality, fit, performance and durability

Cons: None...


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Features and Specs

Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Mic For Taking Calls Yes
iPhone Control Yes
Lightning Connector No
Android Control Limited
Frequency Response 20-15k Hz
Sensitivity 76 dB
Impedance 300 Ohms
Weight 0.4 ounces
Cord Length 48"
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Volume Control Yes
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research


Overview: The Etymotic Research ETY-Kids3 in-ear headphones are designed for children, ages 4 and up. They are engineered for safe sound output to protect the sensitive ears of young people. The EK3s also offer excellent sound quality and noise isolation. The headphones come with a variety of ear tips, a clothing clip, and a zippered storage pouch.

6mm Drivers: The ETY-Kids3 headset + earphones use reduced output 6mm neodymium moving coil drivers with ACCU-Chamber Technology. The lowered sensitivity (76dB) and the noise isolation properties of the ear tips mean it is not necessary to restrict the volume setting on the player. The drivers still have exceptional quality sound with an 85%+ accuracy score.

Noise Isolation: The ETY-Kids3s have a closed-back design and noise-isolating ear tips to achieve a 98% reduction (35dB to 42dB) in ambient noise. The 3-flange silicone ear tips work with most sizes of ear canals to ensure a comfortable fit and a proper seal. The Glider ear tips are also designed to provide comfort and adequate noise isolation for larger ear canals.

In-line Remote/Mic: The ETY-Kids3 headphones have an attached 48" Kevlar-reinforced cable with an in-line 3-button remote control and microphone and angled 3.5mm plug. The outer buttons control volume up and down, while the inner button controls music playback and phone calls). The remote control is fully compatible with Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), and partially compatible (playback/phone control but no volume control) with Android devices. The in-line remote includes a close-proximity, high sensitivity microphone for superior call quality.


  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 15kHz
  • Accuracy Score: 85%
  • Impedance: 300 Ω (at 1 kHz)
  • Sensitivity: 76 dB SPL (at 1 kHz / 0.1v)
  • Noise Isolation: 35-42 dB
  • Ear Bud Dimensions: Diameter 0.293" Depth 1.12"
  • Weight: 0.4 ounces

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Why did you buy this?

Hearing protection for children. [ Mark  Dec 09, 2018 ]
five star review and very high passive noise reduction. [ Jeffrey  Oct 10, 2018 ]