There have been plenty of stories over the past few years about how things like iPods may contribute to the rise of hearing problems including potential deafness. While that may be music to the ears of one hearing aid company, it appears others are looking to jump on the "making money off of ipod-induced deafness" as well. The latest is a company that will sell you a $50 device to (no, I am not making this up) tell you if it's loud. Well, technically, it will tell you if the noise in your environment can potentially cause damage, but, again it seems like your ears and your brain should be pretty good at that. It will also work on your iPod, but it will require you to place the earbud against the device's "sound port" and it will tell you how loud it is. This sounds like quite a kludge. If it's really to be even remotely effective, you'd need something that constantly monitors the volume of your iPod and proactively alerts you if it's too loud. In the meantime, though, if you really don't trust your own ears, feel free to splurge on this device.
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