Our love affair with the iPod (or indeed other brands of MP3 player) could see today’s children go deaf up to 30-years earlier than their parents, according to new research.
Deafness Research UK believes that children face premature deafness because they play their iPods too loudly. Their theory is based on a national UK survey conducted by the group, which found that 14 per cent of people spend up to 28-hours a week listening to their music player. "More than a third of people who have experienced ringing in their ears after listening to loud music, listen to their MP3 player every day. Ringing in the ears, or tinnitus, is a sign of damage to their hearing," it warns.
And according to Vivienne Michael, chief executive of Deafness Research UK: "Many young people are regularly using MP3 players for long periods of time and are frighteningly unaware of the fact that loud noise can permanently damage your hearing." One-in-three (38 per cent) of 16-34 year olds don’t understand that listening to loud music on a personal music player, going to loud bars or gigs, playing loud music in the car or working with machinery, can damage their hearing.
Apple has taken action on volume earlier this year, introducing volume control for iPods nanos and fifth generation iPods.