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December 14, 2009

European Commission readies MP3 player volume cap

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by Darren Allan

The European Commission is set to make a move to place restrictions on the maximum volume MP3 player manufacturers will be allowed to expose listeners to.

Currently, when cranked up an MP3 player can blast up to around 120 decibels directly into the human ear, a very damaging level.

Reports from GPs across the UK indicate that more and more youngsters are turning up at their clinics with serious hearing loss and tinnitus, damage which in the past would only have been suffered by industrial workers.

The EU legislation could see the maximum volume of portable music playing devices restricted to 85 decibels. The exact measures are expected to be finalised in Spring 2010, the BBC was told.

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