1. Pete6's Avatar
    EU seeks to turn down MP3s music player volumes | Technology | Reuters

    Here's the full article. Once more the EU unelected Commission seeks to infringe personal choice.

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission issued new volume standards for MP3 players on Monday to help prevent music lovers damaging their hearing.

    The new standards will require small technical changes to I-Pods and other MP3 devices so they play at a safe volume by default. There will also be a health warning so consumers who choose to override the default settings know the risks.

    "The evidence is that particularly young people, who are listening to music at high volumes sometimes for hours each week, have no idea they can be putting their hearing at risk," European Union Consumer Affairs Commissioner Meglena Kuneva told a news conference.

    The Commission plans to adopt the standards as the norm for new products after a 24-month consultation procedure with scientists, industry and consumers.

    An EU scientific body raised the health alarm in January, warning that up to 10 million young people are in danger of damaging their hearing by playing their MP3 players too loud.

    Listening to personal music devices at high volumes for long periods of time can cause hearing loss and tinnitus, a ringing sensation in the ears, the EU Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks said.

    There is currently no cure for hearing loss or tinnitus, the committee noted in its report.

    Kuneva said 5-10 percent of MP3 users risk permanent hearing loss if they listen to a music player at high volume for more than 1 hour per day, each week over at least 5 years.

    "It can take years for the hearing damage to show, and then it is simply too late," she added.

    The Commission said it was estimated that about 50 to 100 million people may be listening to portable music players on a daily basis.
    09-28-09 10:43 AM
  2. Coruptyed's Avatar
    Pshh I would rather have load music won't stop me

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    09-28-09 12:15 PM
  3. Pete6's Avatar
    I have a Boosteroo. It plugs into the outpu jack of the Blackberry and I plug up to 3 sets of headphones into it. It simply makes whatever goes in, come out louder.
    09-28-09 12:25 PM
  4. KingDropout's Avatar
    I am happy I am in Amerika because I like my music the way it is, but I would ne ver but my hearing at risk only because I'd rather go without legs then not listen to music.

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    09-28-09 02:21 PM
  5. mexiken's Avatar
    I am happy I am in Amerika because I like my music the way it is, but I would ne ver but my hearing at risk only because I'd rather go without legs then not listen to music.

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    No one said you couldn't listen to music, the article only states that they are defaulting music volumes to safe levels, and you can override if you so choose.

    In case no one has noticed, its been done in the US for many years. Sony, Philips, and Magnavox (even the factory system in my Civic Hybrid) have a mechanism that prevents damage to the ear.
    09-28-09 03:18 PM
  6. avt123's Avatar
    No one said you couldn't listen to music, the article only states that they are defaulting music volumes to safe levels, and you can override if you so choose.

    In case no one has noticed, its been done in the US for many years. Sony, Philips, and Magnavox (even the factory system in my Civic Hybrid) have a mechanism that prevents damage to the ear.
    In my Civic, the music automatically gets louder when I go faster. It gets really loud if I crank it all the way up (probably to the level which causes damage to your ears). I have the Si and it comes with the Premium sound system.

    I wonder if they are going to regulate the sound systems in clubs in Europe now.
    09-28-09 03:53 PM
  7. Cyrilmak's Avatar
    Um RIM has done this since they release their own media player....
    09-28-09 04:38 PM
  8. GenTsoChicken's Avatar
    I can understand why they would want to do this. Some people that are paranoid over government saying will not like the sound of this (no pun intended) and feel threaten ie. The Glenn Beck crowd in the US. But this is a issue more people should pay attention. They're is going to be a generation completely deaf. I would invest is earring aids if I the money.

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    10-01-09 08:38 PM
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