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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: Nobody seems to notice this but....
By Murloc on 12/15/2009 12:59:13 PM , Rating: 2
governements already spend money to try to make ppl stop smoking.
It's forbidden in bars, clubs, restaurants in many countries.

By HostileEffect on 12/15/2009 2:11:18 PM , Rating: 2
Some people like their music to be loud and loudness is the maximum humans can hear and it can not be adjusted by controls.
Maybe some people won't live long enough to know the bad effects of loud music, let them live life full throttle. :)

By Strunf on 12/16/2009 8:37:37 AM , Rating: 2
Governments SAVE a lot of money by stopping people from smoking in public closed spaces.

I would love to see governments enforcing a "contract" that all smokers should sign stating that whatever health problems they get as a direct result of smoking would be payed by them and not the government or their "normal" health insurance.
The same for drinkers (with out responsibility) and many other things... I don't see any reason to be "forced" to pay more cause of someone else stupidity.

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