iPod suit alleges volume levels cause damage

iPod suit alleges volume levels cause damage

Summary: Apple is facing a new class-action lawsuit from a Louisiana man who claims the computer maker has failed to take adequate steps to prevent hearing loss among iPod users.


Apple is facing a new class-action lawsuit from a Louisiana man who claims the computer maker has failed to take adequate steps to prevent hearing loss among iPod users.

According a ZDNet story ("Apple faces suit over iPod-related hearing loss"):

The suit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., charges that the iPod music player can produce sounds of up to 115 decibels even though some studies suggest that listening to music at that level for 28 seconds a day can cause damage over time.

The other goal of the suit is to force Apple to release a software upgrade that will limit the iPod's output to 100 decibels and provide headphones designed to block out external noise. Apple currently limits the output of iPods sold in France to 100 decibels which the suit claims is "still not safe."

In previous articles I have suggested that the best way to prevent tinnitus, an ear injury whose symptoms include ringing in the ears and distorted vision, is to upgrade your earphones to a model that block out external noise. They may cost a little more but their noise canceling features actually allow you to listen to the volume on lower levels and subsequently protect you from ear damage.

Topic: Apple

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  • God advice, but

    please, Please PLEASE don't use them while driving (as I have seen so many times).
    Real World
  • Notes on this lawsuit

    It should be noted that the plaintiff doesn't have hearing damage,
    he's suing Apple because there's the possibility that maybe the iPod
    could possibly cause hearing damage.

    Apparently the warnings that Apple publishes in their manual are
    not enough. Do we need to affix something to the iPod, the audio
    equivalent of those tags on Superman costumes that note that the
    costume does not actually provide the ability to fly?
    tic swayback
  • About the lawyer

    iPoding.com reports. "What the Washington Post fails to mention in
    their story is that the attorney, Steve W. Berman, is on retainer at
    Microsoft: 'More recently, Microsoft recognized Mr. Berman's
    experience and expertise when the company retained him to be
    part of the core national team representing the company in
    antitrust class actions arising from Judge Jackson's Findings of Fact
    in the Department of Justice antitrust case against the company.'

    Bernam is also the lawyer behind the iPod Nano scratches case.
    Len Rooney

    Sorry to quote Will Ferrell, but for the love of donuts what is wrong with people?! Weasely slimeballs like him are the reason why we have signs on McDonald's coffee cups warning that the coffee is hot! It should be illegal to be that stupid! I think I'm going to sue Ford for not specifically warning me that driving my Mustang off a cliff will kill me.
    • Actually....

      It's not the driving off that kills you. It's the sudden stop at the end. ;-)
      • Actually

        Unless he has a heart attack before the sudden stop.
    • Agreed

      I think the world needs to become a more dangerous place so that morons like this don't live long enough to reproduce.
      • Agreed

        I think the gene pool has been pee'd in long enough.
        Time for some F***ing chlorine.
        I say we start with this jackass and then move on to the middle east.
  • EarBuddys.Com

    Clarity, Comfort & Cushy. Worth A Try, Worked Perfectly For Me.
    Best, Stu
    stu longin
  • bottom feeders

    Correct me if I'm wrong but I thought there was a volume control on ipods. I know the 3 ipods in my home all have it. Maybe this jackass forgot how to use it. he gives bottom feeders a bad name.