Thursday, February 02, 2006

Personal Responsibility and an iPod


iPod User Sues Over Potential Hearing Problems

[]A Louisiana man claims in a lawsuit that Apple's iPod music player can cause hearing loss in people who use it.

[]The iPod players are "inherently defective in design and are not sufficiently adorned with adequate warnings regarding the likelihood of hearing loss," according to the complaint, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., on behalf of John Kiel Patterson of Louisiana.

[]Patterson's suit said he bought an iPod last year, but does not specify whether he suffered hearing loss from the device.

Patterson does not know if the device has damaged his hearing, said his attorney, Steve W. Berman, of Seattle. But that's beside the point of the lawsuit, which takes issue with the potential the iPod has to cause irreparable hearing loss, Berman said.[]

Although the iPod is more popular than other types of portable music players, its ability to cause noise-induced hearing isn't any higher, experts said.

"We have numerous products in the marketplace that have the potential to damage hearing," said Deanna Meinke, an audiology professor at the University of Northern Colorado. "The risk is there but the risk lies with the user and where they set the volume."

This is pure stupidity. If you place a tiny speaker in your ear and turn it up really loud, it can hurt your hearing. Or are you so dumb that you need a sticker and a printed warning to inform you that sticking things in yours and listening to loud noises is harmful. Grow-up, grow a brain and think and do for yourself. Patterson doesn't even have hearing problems, but he darn well might, so that means it's time to sue. Go ahead and sue then bitch about the Apple raising the price of their products to cover your lawsuit. Class-action suite my butt, these kinds of lawsuits are completely classless.

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