14 Dec 2009

EU calls for maximum volume on MP3 players

8:30 am on 14 December 2009

The European Commission is calling for a suggested maximum volume to be set on MP3 players to protect users' hearing .

The commission wants all MP3 players sold in the European Union, including iPods, to share the same volume limits, the BBC reports.

This follows a report last year warning that up to 10 million people in the EU face permanent hearing loss from listening to loud music for prolonged periods.

EU experts want the default maximum setting to be 85 decibels - about the volume of a vacuum cleaner.

Users would be able to override this setting to reach a top limit of 100 decibels.