Consumer groups have asked the Commission to “revise existing safety standards” to protect users of personal music players (PMPs), such as Apple’s iPod, from the risk of hearing damage.
Speaking at a stakeholder conference yesterday (27 January), EU Consumer Affairs Commissioner Meglena Kuneva did not rule out imposing stricter regulation on personal music players.
“European safety standards already exist, restricting the noise level of personal music players to 100 decibels,” Kuneva said. However, she admitted that they “cover only some music players” and that there is “increasing concern over hearing damage from excessive exposure to such sources”.
According to Kuneva, the issue now is whether to introduce a new sound level threshold or develop a new standard which better covers all personal music players.