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Another warning about iPod use

updated 02:20 pm EST, Mon January 30, 2006

iPod, ear damage

Representative Edward Mackey (D-Massachusetts) has asked the National Institutes of Health to decide on the health risks of listening to portable music players like the iPod. According to One News, Markey cited the fact that noise above 85 decibels can cause hearing damage if the noise persists for too long. Apple has declined to state the maximum decibel level of the iPod, and cautions about iPod with earbud use have been issued by various personas. Markey said in his letter that "people don't want to give up their portable music devices, however, they need to know whether they are at risk for premature hearing loss and how to protect themselves."

by MacNN Staff





  1. purpleshorts

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Eh, what was that?

    I can't heeeeeeear you.

  1. Interlard

    Joined: Dec 1969


    EU iPod limits volume

    I have read that iPods sold in the EU have a maximum volume limit. This is so they comply with a French law that aims to stop this kind of hearing damage. Strange that these articles don't mention it.

    I'm often glad that my US iPod doesn't have this limit, so that I can boost the volume on quiet songs. I try not to play it too loud as I'm deaf enough already, but there always seems to be at least one idiot in each subway car playing music at maximum levels. It's a shame that morons like this mean we all have to be restricted.

  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969


    this affects me how?

    Mine's never left my car. Ever. There is no limit on my massivly upgraded more than 84db car stereo that can break glass with bass.

    The problem lies much deeper than just telling people. Many just don't care.

  1. bleee

    Joined: Dec 1969


    in other news

    Medical experts have concluded that prolonged exposure to the suns UV rays can cause melanoma /skin cancer... stairing directly at the sun for extended periods can also damage your eye sight...

    Ok so using anything for extended periods can cause damage to any of your senses...

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