The RNID (Royal National Institute for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People) has issued a statement welcoming Apple's move to introduce volume-capping software for iPods.
The RNID's Don't Lose the Music campaign has been warning iPod users that they face hearing problems in later life if they fail to use their music players responsibly. The charity represents nine million deaf and hard-of-hearing people in the UK.
Brian Lamb, director of communications at the RNID, said: "We are delighted that Apple has responded to our Don't Lose the Music campaign by allowing iPod users to reduce the upper volume limits, and we would urge other manufacturers of personal music players to follow suit."
Lamb also asked manufacturers to ensure warnings about the risks of listening to MP3 players too loudly are made more prominent both on and in the packaging of their products.
Angela King, senior audiologist at the RNID, warned:"There is a danger that long-term use of personal music players at high volume will permanently damage people's hearing."
Those who think they may already suffer from some hearing loss can make use of the RNID's telephone hearing check on 0845 600 5555.
The RNID advises users of personal music players to take regular breaks from their headphones; to turn the volume down slightly; and to avoid using volume to drown out background noise, such as when on a train.
This story first appeared on Macworld.co.uk.