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Deaf threats

As every grandad worth his Werther's Originals knows, modern pop music is just a lot of racket and you can't hear the words.

Wise counsel indeed, which a generation of headphone-wearing teenagers would do well to heed. Following a case at the start of February in which a Louisiana man sued Apple after suffering hearing loss allegedly caused by iPod use, the electronics giant has decided to release a software update that will limit the volume of recent models of the portable music player.

We hope the nation's youths will get the message and give their ears a rest. Otherwise, we all know what the grandads of 2056 will be saying:

"This modern space pop music is just a lot of racket and you can't hear the words because of the irreparable hearing loss I allegedly suffered playing a primitive 'mp3 player' at the start of the century."

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