Apple sued by iPod user over hearing loss

Brian Cady brianinatlanta2001 at
Thu Feb 2 06:05:46 CST 2006

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Apple sued by iPod user over hearing loss
By Larry Angell | 02.01.06 |

A disgruntled iPod owner has filed a lawsuit against
Apple, claiming the device causes hearing loss and
that the company does not properly warn users of this
danger. iPods are "inherently defective in design and
are not sufficiently adorned with adequate warnings
regarding the likelihood of hearing loss," according
to the complaint, which was filed yesterday on behalf
of John Kiel Patterson in U.S. District Court in San
Jose, California. 

The suit, which seeks class action status, demands
compensation for unspecified plaintiffs' damages and
upgrades to make iPods safer to use. According to the
complaint, iPods can produce sounds of more than 115
decibels, which can damage the hearing of a person
exposed for more than 28 seconds per day. Apple ships
a warning with each iPod that states "permanent
hearing loss may occur if earphones or headphones are
used at high volume."

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