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Pump Down The Volume – EU to tell MP3 manufacturers to lower maximum volume of players


The European Union is planning to force MP3 player manufacturers to limit the maximum volume that can be played through their machines. According to a report issued by EU boffins, 10% of MP3 listeners risk permanent hearing loss by listening to loud music over 5 years. The plan is to not only prevent hearing loss but also to reduce the “nuisance” sounds of tinny earphone speakers to the public. The plan is to reduce the maximum volume from 100dB to 80dB.

According to a report issued by an EU scientific committee in October 2008, as many as 10 percent of listeners risk permanent hearing loss by listening to loud music every day for five years. Brussels wants the maximum decibel level to be reduced from 100 to 80 decibels, with all new music players built to the new standards. [Photo from Flickr]

Tags: gadget, mp3+players, limiting+mp3+volume, volume+limiting+mp3+player


  • Hear hear! (Get it?)

    • Pardon?

    • My witty pun to convey my agreement with the report.

    • Which I seconded by pretending not to hear you.

      This humour thing is cool. Let's do more.
      Knock knock …

  • Because lord knows, you can't simply trust commoners to turn it down on their own, can you?

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