‘iPods’ May Damage Hearing 2006-03-30Posted by clype in Gizmo, Health.
'Apple' has introduced volume controls for 'iPods' following fears about links between personal music players and potentially irreversible hearing loss.
The company has made available a free download update allowing users to set a personal maximum volume limit. Parents will also be able to set a locked limit on their child's players. Health experts want more studies into the effect on hearing of earphones and 'Apple' is facing a US American legal action claiming the 'iPod' can damage hearing.
'Apple's' 'IPod' marketing vice president Mr.Greg Joswiak, said it was responding to 'increased attention in this area'. He said:
'We want to offer customers an easy to use option to set their own personal volume limit.'
- The update is available for the 'iPod Nano' and models with video playback capabilities.
It lets parents set a maximum volume limit on a child's 'iPod' and lock it with a combination code. Earlier this month, the US American 'National Institutes of Health' said new studies were needed into the effects of in-ear headphones. It was responding to calls by a US American congressman into the possible long-term effects of loud music on hearing.
Mr.John Kiel Patterson, of Louisiana, is suing 'Apple' in the US American District Court in San Jose, California, USA. He says his 'iPod' is capable of generating more than 115 decibels, a dangerous noise level, and is not safe for prolonged use.