A Louisiana man has filed a class action suit against Apple, claiming the company has failed to take adequate steps in preventing hearing loss among its growing army of iPod digital music player customers.
The lawsuit claims the iPod music player can produce sounds of up to 115 decibels, even though some studies have suggested that listening to music at that level for just 28 seconds a day can cause hearing damage over time.
The suit has been filed on behalf of John Kiel Patterson and all other iPod users. It seeks monetary damages to compensate for hearing loss suffered by iPod users, and a share of Apple's iPod profits.
The suit is also attempting to force Apple to offer a software upgrade to limit the iPod's output to 100 decibels, and to provide headphones designed to block out external noise.
"Millions of consumers have had their hearing put at risk by Apple's conduct," the suit claims.
Apple has so far not responded to the lawsuit. Apple has already been forced to limit the output of iPods to 100 decibels in France, because of hearing loss fears there.