A Louisiana man claims in a lawsuit that Apple's iPod music player can cause hearing loss in people who use it.
The iPod players are "inherently defective in design and are not sufficiently adorned with adequate warnings regarding the likelihood of hearing loss," according to the complaint, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., on behalf of John Kiel Patterson of Louisiana.
Patterson does not know if the device has damaged his hearing, said his attorney, Steve W. Berman, of Seattle. But that's beside the point of the lawsuit, which takes issue with the potential the iPod has to cause irreparable hearing loss, Berman said.
An Apple Computer spokeswoman, Kristin Huguet, declined to comment.
No kidding. It would probably be unprofessional of her to say "WTF, Patterson, you've never freaking heard of headphones before?"