Do wireless headphones really increase cancer risk? 250 doctors warn United Nations

Yolanda Curtis
March 14, 2019

Among the reports that research links to EMF radiation brain cancers are of great concern, this petition was written "in regards to human exposure to broad EMF radiation which includes but is not limited to devices such as cellular/mobile/cordless phones and bases, Wi-Fi, smart meters, baby monitors, broadcast antennas, gaming devices, laptops, tablets, wireless earphones, as well as electric devices and infrastructures used in the delivery of electricity that generate low frequency electromagnetic fields." .

In a petition to the United Nations (UN) and World Health Organization (WHO), the researchers, who hail from 42 different countries, point to Bluetooth technology as cause for concern.

AirPods are Apple's most popular audio accessory since launched in 2016 and continue to remain incredibly popular choice of around 28 million so as to tackle the tangled headphones.

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For some, it goes beyond having a device that simplifies phone use actions like making and receiving calls or simply listening to music, it is the very idea of being a part of what is considered as the newest trend in mobile technology that gives gratification.

Scientists signed a petition calling for stronger guidelines on wireless devices They cited scientific studies linking these gadgets to health problems such as cancer.

Some experts believe that AirPods may be especially risky since the devices sit deep inside the ear canal where they emit radiation to fragile parts of the ear. "Numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most worldwide and national guidelines". It goes on to say that the risk of cancer, neurological disorders, and DNA damage that have been associated with EMF exposure can not be ignored.

He is among the scientists to have signed the petition that highlights the potential for cancer, neurological disorders and DNA damage.

EMF is a similar type of radiowave to X-rays or UV but it is not as powerful or intense.

But overall, the scientific community is yet to rule conclusively on the impact of large amounts of relatively low-level EMF exposure.

The World Health organization has still felt it necessary to develop guidelines for the levels of EMF devices are allowed to expose.

"The various agencies setting safety standards have failed to impose sufficient guidelines to protect the general public, particularly children who are more vulnerable to the effects of EMF", the petition said.

Apple has responded to previous claims about radiation risk by saying its devices comply with all guidelines and regulations.

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