If you’ve ever heard an Amber Alert go off on your phone, you know how loud they can be. The warning is intended to draw everyone’s attention to a missing or abducted child. By adding more eyes to the number looking for a missing young person, the chances of finding him/her before it’s too late greatly increases.
The bottom line is that the Amber Alert is loud; almost everyone agrees on that. And this led a family in Texas to sue Apple when their 12-year-old son heard the blaring loud sound of an Amber Alert through the AirPods he was wearing at the time. As a result, the 12-year-old ruptured his eardrum. Mentioned in court documents by his initials of BG, the 12-year-old was watching Netflix on his iPhone and using his AirPods to listen to the audio when the Amber Alert sounded.
Parents sue Apple after their 12-year-old son’s eardrum was ruptured by an Amber Alert heard through a pair of AirPods Pro
For example, check out this post from Trickycoolj three years ago: “Just got my first set of AirPods two weeks ago… today I just took them in to walk to the office and an Amber Alert came in. Via the AirPods. Full bang loud My eyes tear and I threw one away as fast as I could but didn’t quite get the other one in time when I tried to ignore the alarm My ears are ringing so loud Is there a way to turn that off ” I don’t find it I don’t mind wearing warnings, but I don’t mind the danger to my hearing if this happens on AirPods!”
Now you decide not to sue Apple with its team of lawyers unless you are looking for a big reward. And the court records seem to confirm this intent. The complaint seeks damages for BG “in amounts that would punish defendants for their conduct and deter other tech companies from committing such misconduct in the future.”