Say what? Man blames iPod for hearing loss

Who is John Kiel Patterson? He's the guy suing Apple because his iPod is too loud. In case you never had a Walkman in the '80s or a Discman in the '90s, let's be clear about one thing: listening to a portable music player at full volume will hurt your hearing. An iPod can produce sounds up to 115 decibels. Due to the hearing loss Patterson says he has suffered, the Louisiana native's seeking monetary compensation and a share of Apple's iPod profits. In iPod manuals, Apple prints: "Warning: Permanent hearing loss may occur if earphones or headphones are used at a high volume," but Patterson's suit charges that Apple failed to explain what constitutes a "high volume."