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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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By ggordonliddy on 12/15/2009 11:37:34 PM , Rating: 1
I, for one, laugh at the idiots who destroy their hearing. It's especially great when they create a lifelong ringing in their ears. How do you like your Kanye now, bitches?

But there MUST NOT be any govt-funded medical coverage for these fools' ears. They must prove that the damage occurred in some other way to receive such benefits.

Anyway, those of you who are saying it can be circumvented: No crap! The point is not to save every single person, it is to save the general masses who take what they get. Please think logically before you post.




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