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Legislation would create 85-decibel cap, but some say it's unjust

To help protect the hearing of MP3 player owners, the European Commission is considering drafting legislation that would force manufacturers to create a limit on maximum volume. The proposed limit, a maximum 85 decibels, comes on the heels of an EU report that reports 10 million citizens could have hearing problems, including permanent hearing loss and other major medical issues.

"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," said Dr. Robin Yeoh, Epsom and St. Heilier NHS Trust consultant, in an interview with BBC.  "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."

If music listeners want to, they could increase the decibel limit up to 100 decibels.

EU legislators will take a closer look into the matter next month, with a final decision expected sometime in the spring.

Critics say there must be some type of middle ground between consumer safety and personal ownership, and note that 85 decibels is too low when background noise can still drown out the music.  Realistically, government officials must try to educate children about the dangers, not try to prevent it without education, if they wish to help reduce hearing-related cases stemming from loud music.



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RE: You know what?
By BZDTemp on 12/15/2009 10:06:16 AM , Rating: 0
You may prove this statistically but absolute proof that life will kill you is another matter :-)

I think the EU is doing a good thing but of course one can argue if 85 dB is the right number. I wish something like had been in effect when I was a teenager because then my hearing would likely be a lot better now. I have never had a job with much noise so the main reason my hearing is now less than perfect is loud music - some may be concerts but loud music from earphones is certainly also a factor.

If you love music then be careful with your ears!


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