Thursday, January 04, 2007

Ergonomic Nightmare of the Week: iPod

Ergonomic problems with the iPod ...

"I would like to preface this post by saying, “I love my iPod.” You probably do too, and want to kill me for naming it ergonomic nightmare of the week. But the things we love and use most are the things of which we should be most careful, ergonomically speaking.

Loud music and portable electronics are nothing new…at least, not that new. Almost limitless hours of booming audio and crystal clear video neatly packaged in a sleek, futuristic portable gadget IS something new.

Unfortunately, addiction to this sexy device comes with a price:

Hearing Loss:

The sound produced by an iPod can exceed 115 decibels, a volume which is dangerous to be exposed to for more than 28 seconds.

A study by the National Acoustic Laboratories in Australia last year found that a quarter of people surveyed were listening to music on headphones at potentially dangerous levels.

The length of time you listen to your iPod isn’t a problem as long as the volume is turned down. However, even listening at 85 decibels - the level above which normal conversation is difficult - is risky."    (Continued via The Ergonomenon) nbsp;  [Ergonomics Resources]

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Ergonomics Of iPod Use

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