Apple Faces iPod-Based Hearing Loss Lawsuits

Apple Computer is facing at least two lawsuits that claim the company's iPod MP3 players contribute to hearing loss. Aside from the notion of common sense, the issue appears to be that Apple doesn't provide any warnings in its iPod packaging that listening to music with the device at loud volumes for long periods of time can permanently damage users' hearing. According to one lawsuit, iPods are "inherently defective in design and are not sufficiently adorned with adequate warnings regarding the likelihood of hearing loss." As a sufferer of tinnitus, I can corroborate the fact that iPods and other MP3 players can contribute to hearing loss: Because many people tend to use these devices in loud environments such as subways, buses, airplanes, and the gym, they often turn the volume up to dangerous levels in order to drown out the ambient sounds. My opinion is that common sense and a good pair of headphones will solve this problem more readily than a lawsuit, but then I'm not the litigious type

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