Call for MP3 hearing risk warning

Filed under: Teens, Health & Safety: Babies, Development/Milestones: Babies

An article on the BBC website today argued that MP3 players should carry warnings that users risk damage to their hearing by having the volume too high. A Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID) poll of MP3 users at one London station found eight out of 10 had machines at more than 80 decibels. Over 6.3m MP3 players were sold in 2005 in the UK. The RNID says it is not trying to stop people from listening to MP3 players - or from going to pubs, bars and clubs and enjoying music - but does want to encourage people to protect themselves against the cumulative effects of loud music.

Hearing loss from noise is caused by listening too loudly for too long a period of time. Dr.` John Low, chief executive of the RNID, said: "We know that young people are at risk from losing their hearing prematurely by listening to loud music for too long on MP3 players." He also suggested that MP3 player manufacturers have a responsibility to make their customers aware of the risks and the need to listen at sensible levels; he urged them to incorporate prominent warnings into the packaging of their products.

Before these new personal products came along, we could also ask our children to turn down the volume of their CD's or the radio. As we cannot do this now, we need to explain to them about the dangers of running their MP3 players too loudly. No one will tell them unless we do. Any other suggestions?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.