Europe-wide limits on noise levels from MP3 players and mobile phones will be proposed next week following scientific warnings about the risk of permanent hearing damage from “in-ear” music systems.
The quality of music reproduction at high levels on tiny players is now so good that more people are turning up the volume – risking long-term hearing loss.
But the noise limits to be recommended by the European Commission will be advisory – with individuals able to turn up the volume beyond the “default” maximum if they wish to.
The proposals have been prompted by a report a year ago by the EU’s scientific committee on emerging and newly identified health risks (SCENIHR), which estimated that 5-10% of personal music player users risk permanent damage if they listen for more than an hour a day at high volume settings for at least five years.
European Commission officials said that although that sounds like a low risk, more and more youngsters were plugging themselves into loud music for potentially long periods every day, such as for journeys to and from school or work.
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