Can Apple Airpods produce 165 decibels of sound?


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Inspired by this article, where a Texas family claim that an “Amber Alert” on their son’s Airpods caused his eardrum to rupture.

At least some parts of the case have been dismissed: v. Apple&sort=relevance&p=1&type=case

According to this, sound levels starting from 165 decibels would cause eardrum rupture: intense sound wave will,also rupture the tympanic membrane

Question: Are the Apple Airpods physically capable of producing 165 decibels of sound?
I don't know that my guitar amp can produce 165 db. That's really loud! Then again, I don't stick the amp directly in my ear.
I don't know that my guitar amp can produce 165 db. That's really loud! Then again, I don't stick the amp directly in my ear.

According to this a jet plane taking off is 120 db so I doubt it.

https://audiology-web.s3.amazonaws....oster- 8.5x11.pdf_5399b289427535.32730330.pdf

Also this sprang to mind, my favourite rock band. (wiki)

Deep Purple was recognised by The Guinness Book of World Records as the "globe's loudest band" for a concert at the London Rainbow Theatre, during which the sound reached 117 dB and three members of the audience fell unconscious."
This sounds like it should be really easy to confirm or debunk the teenager's claim that it was the Airpods which did this. Get a sound level meter, put it right up against the Airpod as it's playing on max volume (to simulate an eardrum right up against the Airpod) and see if the sound is anywhere close to 165 dB..

Unfortunately I have neither a sound level meter or Airpods, so if someone has both it'd be interesting to see what the results of that test would be. You can't really argue with physics in court.
The case got updated two days ago.,_Inc_et_al

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