Beethoven did his best work after he went deaf.
The rest of us, though, have to play it safe and protect our hearing. So it's good news that a US federal judge has found that iPods aren't to blame for hearing loss.
According to a TimesOnline report:
Judge David Thompson upheld a 2008 ruling that the iPod was not directly responsible for hearing loss despite users being able to listen to music at a potentially dangerous 115 decibels. He said that the two claimants did not prove that hearing loss was “actual or imminent” when using an iPod.
The judge said that all the plaintiffs had proved was that iPod users could use the device in a risky way if they chose to, effectively placing the burden of responsibility for any hearing loss on consumers.
This is good news for iPod-loving musicians. While the ruling doesn't mean that iPods can't damage your hearing, it does mean that no one has demonstrated that they do damage your hearing.