For an incredibly popular item, the iPod seems to come with plenty of side effects. First, it was news that the dangling white cords make you a mark for muggers. Now, a Louisiana man is suing Apple for not taking steps to prevent its products from making consumers deaf. Needless to say, lawyers are starting a class-action case. But they might have a point: The Who’s Pete Townsend, who knows a thing or two about hearing loss, warned there’s “terrible trouble ahead” for the iPod generation. Since there’s already a $1 billion business in iPod add-ons, it only stands to reason that iPod hearing aids are on the way.
—Posted by Brian Morrissey