Study Warns Against Personal Music Devices

Study Warns Against Personal Music Devices

A study requested by the European Commission warned that millions of adolescents across Europe may be incurring permanent hearing loss by listening to MP3 players and other portable music players for more than five hours a week. The study's authors noted that children and teens should be protected from the increasingly loud music provided by personal music devices, which produce sounds at very high volumes without loss of quality.

Millions of Adults, Teens, Children Listening

The study was conducted by a team of nine experts on the EU's Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks. Similar concerns have been raised in the United States, where tens of millions of people — children, teenagers and adults — use MP3 players, IPods and similar devices on a near-daily basis. 

Permanent Hearing Loss

The report noted that "Regularly listening to personal music players at high-volume settings when young…often has no immediate effect on hearing but is likely to result in hearing loss later in life," and that listening at high volume for more than one hour a day puts the listener at risk for permanent hearing loss after five years. 

According to the study data, these listening habits cover 5 – 10 percent of the listeners, or 2.5 million to 10 million people in the European Union. In the U.S., lawsuits have already addressed the issue of whether music device manufacturers have adequately warned consumers about the dangers of hearing loss. 

Class Action against Apple

In 2006, a Louisiana resident filed a class action lawsuit against Apple, alleging that the company failed to take adequate steps to prevent hearing damage among iPod users.

(Source: Reuters) 

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