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EU mandate to target media player noise level

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 25 Sep 2009 13:46 User comments (2)

EU mandate to target media player noise level The European Commission is preparing a mandate for the manufacturers of portable media players (PMP), to address concerns about consumer hearing loss due to noise levels of players. Meglena Kuneva, European Commissioner for Consumer Affairs, will present details of the mandate to develop standards for personal music player manufacturers, which will apply to MP3 player makers and music-capable mobile handset makers.
The details are not available yet, but it will emphasize the need for manufacturers to take steps to protect the hearing of their customers. The EU Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks reported recently that between 5 percent and 10 percent of listeners are risking permanent hearing loss by listening to a PMP for an hour a day over the course of several years.

The Royal National Institute for Deaf People in the UK is supporting the Commissioner's Mandate, and confirmed to The Register that the document will be presented before the European Parliament.

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125.9.2009 17:48

The "Sound" level... (Why do they call it the "NOISE" Level?)
The Sound level on todays PMP's just plain sucks!
I listen to mine through an amplifier. I play it on my car stero and never use earphones. The sound level is so low in most PMP's that I have to almost max my car stereo out to hear the damn thing.
If they reduce it more then these things will become useless.

Are they not my ears to risk? Am I hurting anyone elses ears?

Gimme a break

226.9.2009 11:31

Originally posted by ThePastor:
The "Sound" level... (Why do they call it the "NOISE" Level?)
The Sound level on todays PMP's just plain sucks!
I listen to mine through an amplifier. I play it on my car stero and never use earphones. The sound level is so low in most PMP's that I have to almost max my car stereo out to hear the damn thing.
If they reduce it more then these things will become useless.

Are they not my ears to risk? Am I hurting anyone elses ears?

Gimme a break

exactly, My ears my choice.

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