Court: iPod Can't Be Faulted for Hearing Loss

Appeal decision finds nothing wrong with enabling high volume
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 31, 2009 3:37 PM CST
Court: iPod Can't Be Faulted for Hearing Loss
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Apple has won an appeals court decision in a case in which plaintiffs argued that the iPod endangered people's hearing. The court found no merit to the argument, ComputerWorld reports. Critics of the iPod didn't make the case that anyone's hearing had been damaged, only that the iPod's ability to crank music loudly right into people's ears posed an unacceptable risk.

“The plaintiffs admit that the iPod has an 'ordinary purpose of listening to music,' and nothing they allege suggests iPods are unsafe for that use or defective,” the ruling reads. What’s more, they don’t even “allege that they, or any others, have suffered or are substantially certain to suffer inevitable hearing loss.” (Read more iPod hearing loss stories.)

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