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MP3 players face noise limits [recommended by EU]


MP3 players face noise limits recommended by EU

The European Commission is calling for a suggested maximum volume to be set on MP3 players, to protect users' hearing.

The commission wants all MP3 players sold in the EU, including iPods, to share the same volume limits.

This follows a report last year warning that up to 10m people in the EU face permanent hearing loss from listening to loud music for prolonged periods.

EU experts want the default maximum setting to be 85 decibels, according to BBC One's Politics Show.

Users would be able to override this setting to reach a top limit of 100 decibels.

In January, a two-month consultation of all EU standardisation bodies will begin on these proposals, with a final agreement expected in the spring.

Some personal players examined in testing facilities have been found to reach 120 decibels, the equivalent of a jet taking off, and no safety default level currently applies, although manufacturers are obliged to print information about risks in the instruction manuals.

Modern personal players are seen as more dangerous than stationary players or old-fashioned cassette or disk players because they can store hours of music and are often listened to while in traffic with the volume very high to drown out outside noise.

Dr Robin Yeoh, an audiology consultant at the Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust, said: "More and more young people are referred to me by their GPs with tinnitus or hearing loss as a direct result to exposure to loud music.

"It's the sort of damage that in the old days would have come from industrial noise.

"The damage is permanent and will often play havoc with their employment opportunities and their personal lives."..
BBC News - MP3 players face noise limits recommended by EU


a good idea....though i think people should be responsible when it comes to this. i mean, sometimes i want to listen to music with high volume ..and if the volume has a limit i won't enjoy it...but then again it's better for it to have a limit.


Problematic Shitlord
I thought there would have been some sort of standard or regulation already in place for this sort of thing but I guess not. My iPod can get pretty loud but I've had it on max before and it wasn't unbearable. I believe some MP3 players like the Apple ones actually follow certain restrictions so my guess is that the MP3 players in question may not be such popular models.


New Member
I think its a good idea and about time, too many times do I hear stories of people having hearing problems from constant listening to mp3 players and how high they had it on.
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