iPod May Cause Hearing Loss ~ OPOLAW Injury Blog

Thursday, January 29, 2009

iPod May Cause Hearing Loss

Researchers at a conference on Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in Children at Work and Play, in Covington, Kentucky, have discovered that listening to the maximum volume on a typical MP3 player for more than five minutes a day can permanently damage hearing. The research applies equally to five music players tested including the iPod, iPod Nano, and iPod Mini, as well as Sandisk Sansa and Creative Zen Micro players, acccording to the study authors. Co-author of two conference studies and director of the diagnostic audiology program at Children's Hospital Boston Brian J. Fligor says, "What people should think about is that all personal music players are capable of producing levels that are potentially dangerous to their hearing, but all of them can be used in a safe manner as well."

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