Wednesday, August 17, 2005

iPod warning: turn it down

We could have predicted this finding ...

"First came the studies about increases in childhood obesity followed by research investigating the agility of the thumbs of people who text message on their mobile phones. Now there are predictions of increasing levels of tinnitus and other hearing problems among people who are addicted to their iPods and MP3 players.

Up to a quarter of people will have hearing problems caused by listening to their iPods at "excessive and damaging" levels, according to research by the National Acoustic Laboratories, to be released by the Federal Government tomorrow.

The research also predicts rising levels of tinnitus - ringing in the ears - and loss of hearing because people can't maintain "responsible" listening habits. The Minister for Ageing, Julie Bishop, advised people to turn down the volume of their MP3 players."   continued ...   (Via PhysOrg)

iPod - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

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