Well, recent study concludes that your iPod earphones can cause hearing loss. Of course, I can admit to losing hearing over the last couple years while listening to my iPod and iPod Touch. My wish is that there’s a successful class lawsuit against Apple so I can get some money. I don’t mind the hearing loss that much but free money is always good. Just be careful though, don’t listen to that rock and roll too loud, use your common sense.
The report said that those who listened for five hours a week at high-volume settings exposed themselves to more noise than permitted in the noisiest factory or work place. Maximum volume on some devices can generate as much noise as an airplane taking off nearby.
The Scientific Committee opinion argues that if users of personal music players listen for only five hours a week at volumes exceeding 89 decibels, that level would exceed the current limits in place for noise allowed in the work place.
Last year in Britain, the Royal National Institute for Deaf People warned that more than two-thirds of young people who regularly use MP3 players faced premature hearing damage.