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Turn That Thing Down!

A new generation of adults expresses concern over audio levels

Concerned about hearing loss among users of personal audio devices? You aren’t alone.

In Brussels, a conference on personal music players convened this week, after an EU committee on health risks published a report on potential dangers of exposure to noise from personal music players and mobile phones.

The European Commission asked the scientific committee to examine this issue. European Consumer Commissioner Meglena Kuneva talked about the debate in the keynote. You can read it here.

Kuneva thinks up to 10 million people in the EU who are frequent users of personal music players at high volumes, many of them young people, “may be unknowingly damaging their hearing irrevocably.”

The goal of the conference is to discuss whether there is a need for protective measures, what technical solutions might be possible and what precautions users should take.