Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Safety Concerns With iPods

iPods and Your Hearing

It's being reported that loud personal digital music players like iPods are going to be repsonsible for hearing loss in 1 out of 10 people in their latter years.

It turns out that folk tend to listen to their "iPods" at such levels as to try and block out background noise like traffic and other annoyances in our daily lives. The levels required to start successfully blocking these noises are around the 89 decibel (dB) level.

89 dB is well below some safety standards that say 100 dB is the max safe level.

The risk is primarily going to affect those who listen to this level of volume for at least one hour a day for five years.

This study was done by the European Commission Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks. (source)


iPods and Electric Cars

I can't find the article right away, but I've also come across items that specified that with the advent of electric cars, more iPod listeners are getting hit or are in greater danger these days.

My take on that one is to actually look around when you walk, cross the street and silly things like that. Am I off the mark on this one? is it just me?

So many people seem to just step out on the road as pedestrians and I couldn't tell you if they've looked before doing this or not. My temptations are strong, but I resist.

Sure, pedestrians have the right-of-way. And sure, we'll be happy to put that in your epitaph.

I acted like an idiot because I had the right of way.


Sounds good to me.

But the quiet cars are also more the nuisance to blind pedestrians and that's a real threat.
(source) (source and good read)

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