Man Sues Apple Over Hearing Loss

By on February 1, 2006

From the “It Was Only A Matter Of Time” department, some guy — John Kiel Patterson of Louisiana — is suing Apple because he says the iPod he bought is a hazard to his hearing.

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.

Potential. Well duh.

For a remedy, Patterson wants Apple to force the iPod to cap its output at 100dB, and slap warning stickers all over the thing. As if there is anybody alive today that doesn’t already know it’s a bad idea to run around all day with tiny speakers stuck in your ears and the volume turned up to 11. Heck, I remember my mom yelling at me back in junior high for listening to too much Bachman Turner Overdrive with headphones; and she didn’t even have any high-falutin research to back her up back then.

God forbid we all use common sense.

From Yahoo News



  1. Whatever happened to the good ole days when people actually took responsibility for their own stupidity?

    If I ever see an iPod with even a single warning sticker, I’m going to find a way to take on Stupidity itself in court.

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