An easy fix for iPod volume issue

An easy fix for iPod volume issue

Summary: The best way to prevent hearing damage from listening to your iPod too loud is to just turn it down - but that's common sense. Here are a couple of easy ways Apple could avoid lawsuits claiming that iPods can cause permanent hearing damage.

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The best way to prevent hearing damage from listening to your iPod too loud is to just turn it down - but that's common sense. Here are a couple of easy ways Apple could avoid lawsuits claiming that iPods can cause permanent hearing damage.

One way Apple could deal with the hearing damage issue would be to limit the volume from iPods coming from the factory to 90db. Users that want more would have to download a firmware update from Apple.com that would allow the volume to go up to a maximum of 110db (current iPods have maximum volume levels around 115db), but only after signing a release holding Apple harmless if you blow out your ear drums.

Apple could also update the firmware so that the volume automatically lowers itself if you listen to the iPod on 100 percent volume for more than x number of minutes. The iPod itself could display a message periodically to the effect of "dangerous volume level detected, lowering by 10db."

Although I am loathe to recommend that Apple put limits on the electronics that I pay my hard earned money for, tinnitus is a serious issue that needs to be addressed by a socially responsible company like Apple. But then again, what if my PowerBook shut down at 12 midnight saying "isn't it past your bedtime?" Maybe that isn't such a bad idea after all...

How loud do you rock out to your iPod? Should Apple address the iPod volume level issue or is it up to the individual to use common sense with their own ears? Leave your feedback in the TalkBack below.

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  • Oh, for crying out loud

    Now, it's Apple's responsibility to make sure you don't blast your eardrums in?

    When will it ever end?
    baggins_z
  • Mommy!

    Please fix it for me, I can't do it by myself.

    Sheesh. I stopped that nonsense when I was 7.
    baggins_z
  • all headphones not created equally

    I have to wonder how the determination of the final volume of the Ipod is being measured. Headphones (and earbuds) have different sensitivities, so a less sensitive headphone/earbud would have a lower spl when used at the same volume.

    As and example, sony makes two different lines of headphone (the kind that have the muffs and block out some outside noise) the sensitivity is 102 db/mv on one set and 107 db/mv on the other, a very large six db change in gain. The cheaper pair would be well below the 115 db/spl (109, which is to say the amplifier would be four times less effective) and the other might actually be at the claimed 115, at least with a full battery charge.

    Perhaps a mic that would tell you what the actual output of the ear devices is would be a better choice, allowing you to determine how deaf you want to be.
    pesky_z
  • i-pod Volume

    I think we have enough nannying from the British government without Apple dictating our discernible i-pod volume. They do come with volume control as standard.
    JonCon29
  • iPod Volume

    Headphone loudness is also affected by the size of the ear cavity
    the headphones play into...just turn it down...
    urapns
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