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EU set to impose volume limit for MP3 players

EU set to impose volume limit for MP3 players

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The European Commission have announced their plans to enforce a limitation on maximum volume levels on MP3 players to help stop children from damaging their hearing.

The European Commission are going to try and impose a maximum restriction of 85 decibels on all MP3 players sold in the EU. That said, manufacturers should still be able to offer override settings to get up to 100db from the players.

The EU performed tests earlier this year and found that many players were actually capable of dishing out 120 decibels which they reckon are close to the same levels that a plane would make taking off if you were unfortunate enough to be sitting under it.

The reasons for this are apparently based on facts that over 10 million people could actually suffer from permanent hearing loss due to MP3 player noise levels however industry experts are stating that 85db is not a high enough level and would annoy many consumers.

Dr Robin Yeoh, an audiology consultant at the Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust, said: “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. 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.”

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