Congressman Wants Government To Make Sure iPod Won't Hurt His Hearing
from the what-did-you-say-now? dept
It’s been nearly a year since we first reported that some doctors were warning that iPods can make you go deaf. No one paid much attention to it until a few weeks ago when The Who’s guitarist Pete Townsend warned iPod users that they’d soon be as deaf as he was. He blames the use of headphones in the studio all the time, playing down the tremendously loud concerts he was playing in many nights in a row, which maybe (just maybe) also had something to do with it. Either way, with a non-endorsement like that, it was only a matter of time until Congress woke up. A Congressman from Massachussetts has now asked the National Institute of Health to officially determine if blasting music via headphones from MP3 players is damaging the hearing of today’s youth. He’d better hurry up. Apparently, Senator Ted Stevens has been rocking out to his brand new iPod and it’s influencing his thoughts on new RIAA sponsored legislation.