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McKeon has introduced an automatic volume limiting device to use with an ipod, mp3 player or walkman (personal hearing devices).  They sent a sample to the network.  Their claim is that it reduces incoming sound to the listerner by 18 decibels.

I tried this device on my ipod and it does dramatically reduce the volume of incoming sound.  Some personal hearing devices do not have a mechanism that protects the user from damaging noise exposure - especially if the volume is accidentally bumped and you are blown away by noise.  Apple does offer a feature on an ipod that allows one to adjust the high end volume limit to whatever level the user is most comfortable using setting it at.  It would be like setting your own Loudness Discomfort Level.  I applaud Apple for doing this.  So, for my ipod I would not use this product.  However, it could have applications with other personal hearing devices.

Other possible applications for this product might be if one is employed in a setting where they have to wear a telephone headset all day in their job where their is no volume limiting adjustment on the high end.  For more information on this product I would suggest this link:
http://earplugstore.stores.yahoo.net/earsavolifor.html

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This would have been great with playing my loud video gaming right before it destroyed my hearing cells. It is a great idea for people that want to protect this from happening to them.

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Paul, who told you that your hearing cells are damaged?
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The standard definition and cause of Hyperacusis as posted by the" experts!" It is thought to be the cause of tinnitus and hence Hyperacusis. I guess it depends on whos opinion matters. Something about "the efferent portion of the auditory nerve being selectively damaged ". It even says it here on the cover of this site.! Is it cell damage,nerve damage or a mental thing? The list of delusion continues. I had my cochlea actually tested and was found to be in working order. My audiologist suggested that I had misophonia but then changed her mind a month later that she didnt have a clue and I needed a psychologist for O.C.D. I feel pain at certain sounds and highly doubt the mental diagnosis. Whether it is damage,I dont know but,it sure feels like damage to something.

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Thanks.  I've saved this in my fav's.


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LynnMcLaren

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Hi Paul, ((( Smiles )))

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I guess it depends on whos opinion matters.


Yep, ain't that the truth..
But research will go on.......................
Building on what we have today and expanding it toward tommorrow.
Even if the findings totally surprise us all..
But at least most people can improve in many different ways with many different symptoms in our hyperacusis expirence.
Thats the best part of all though not always enough.
Thats why the search still goes on....... (((( Smiles ))))

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Apple has software add-ons that limit the volume on iPods. I'm guessing it's because so many people have gotten hearing damage or complained about it. The problem is, so many people pipe these things directly in their ears with earbuds (which fit like earplugs) and blast their ears with music all day, everyday to drown out the world. To me, that is like self-mutilation to your ears.

I would never be caught dead listening to an iPod. Before I had Hyperacusis/Tinnitus, I never bought one because they were too expensive, too trendy, I don't like Apple products in general, and because I don't believe in constantly piping your ears with music. Now that I have H/T and have read numerous stories about hearing loss/damage associated with using these things, it just reinforces my reasons never to listen to an iPod ever again.

However, even though I don't listen to them, I am glad they made this cord that limits the volume for the people that do. When combined with the software, I'm sure it will go a long way to save people's ears. But really, if people simply did not listen to their iPods at such loud volumes, this wouldn't be necessary. However, I suppose it is good for accidental increases in volume.

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