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Post by blue_thunder » Tue, 14 Oct 2008 4:35 pm

Read this article in a newspaper today...

If this is not the right place to post, pls move it to right discussion offence meant... :)
BRUSSELS: Millions of youngsters across Europe could suffer permanent hearing loss after five years if they listen to MP3 players at too high a v
olume for more than five hours a week, EU scientists warned on Monday.

The scientists' study, requested by the European Commission, attacked the concept of "leisure noise," saying children and teenagers should be protected from increasingly high sound levels -- with loud mobile phones also coming in for criticism.

"There has been increasing concern about exposure from the new generation of personal music players which can reproduce sounds at very high volumes without loss of quality," the Commission, the EU's executive arm, said in a statement.

"Risk for hearing damage depends on sound level and exposure time," it said. More and more young people were exposed to the significant threat that leisure noise posed to hearing, it said.

Commission experts estimate that between 50 and 100 million people listen to portable music players on a daily basis.

If they listened for only five hours a week at more than 89 decibels, they would already exceed EU limits for noise allowed in the workplace, they said. But if they listened for longer periods, they risked permanent hearing loss after five years.

The scientists calculated the number of people in that risk category at between five and 10 percent of listeners, meaning up to 10 million people in the European Union.

Sales of personal music players have soared in EU countries in recent years, particularly of MP3 players.

Commission experts estimate unit sales between 184 and 246 million for all portable audio devices just over the last four years, of which MP3 players range between 124 and 165 million.

Mobile phones used at excessive volume also came under fire from Meglena Kuneva, the EU's consumer affairs commissioner.

"I am concerned that so many young people ... who are frequent users of personal music players and mobile phones at high acoustic levels, may be unknowingly damaging their hearing irrevocably," she said in the statement.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 15 Oct 2008 7:12 am

Worse that than is reading apparently old newspapers and thinking it new stuff?!? This has been published umpteen times already in the papers for the past 4 or 5 years. It's not an unknown quantity. But getting kids to use common sense? There's the problem. Or getting manufacturers to put sound limiters on electronic equipmet similar to the governers they often put on cars (electronic speed controls are on most High Performance cars inported here).

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Post by taxico » Wed, 15 Oct 2008 7:47 am

most injured ears can recover if you take it easy.

those two things don't get damaged over night and your body will tell you when to take a step back.

those that are beyond repair? then the person doesn't deserve a pair of ears!

*tucks a hand under other armpit and flaps that elbow*

at least they'll pick up lip reading and sign language. ipods... clubs... giant car speakers... PHat beats... ha! that'll teach 'em!

*flaps elbow even more vigorously*


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