The European Union told music lovers Monday to turn down the volume of MP3 players, saying they risk permanent hearing loss from listening too long at maximum levels.
EU scientists reported that between 2.5 million and 10 million Europeans could suffer hearing loss from listening to MP3 players at unsafe volumes — over 89 decibels — for more an hour daily for at least five years.
EU spokeswoman Helen Kearns said the EU executive was asking people, especially children and young people, "to turn it down" now because they may be damaging their hearing without noticing it.
"It's damage that may come back and haunt you later in life," she said at a news conference.
She said regulators would look next year at lowering the EU legal limit of 100 decibels for MP3 players.
Excuse me while I flash back to a day when "those that know" said were saying the exact damn thing....