Bluetooth headphones, like Apple's $ 200 AirPods, are affecting your risk of developing cancer.
The short answer: Everybody calm down. There is nothing particularly harmful about Bluetooth. Still, like many of the other electronics that surround us, we can not say that this wireless technology is 100% harm-free.
The hubbub stems from a media blog post that came out earlier this month. The post cites Jerry Phillips, a biochemist who has studied DNA damage from electromagnetic fields. His research suggests it's possible, but not certain, that electromagnetic field activity might be messed with human DNA in a harmful way, and that people should limit their exposure as a result.
"My concern for AirPods is that their placement in the ear canal exposes tissues in the head to relatively high levels of radio-frequency radiation," he said.
There is no conclusive evidence that AirPods or other Bluetooth headsets are dangerous
There is no evidence that radio-frequency (RF) radiation can cause brain cancer or non-cancerous brain tumors in people.
The author of the post so pointed out that in 201
That's true, but the letter in question did not mention Bluetooth devices or headphones.
The sensors behind the letter are concerned with non-ionizing electromagnetic fields, including cell phones, Wi-Fi, smart meters, and baby monitors , and broadcast antennas.
"EMF Scientists Appeal, Business Insider."
"EMF Scientists Appear," said Elizabeth Kelley, director of the International EMF Scientist Appeal, Business Insider in an email.
However, the Bluetooth wireless headsets are dangerous.
"They do not have enough energy to cause cancer by directly damaging the DNA inside cells," according to the American Cancer Society.
The radio waves of electric and magnetic energy radiate from cell phones, radios, and other types of wireless technology like Bluetooth are emitting different types of radiation, including x-rays, gamma rays, and ultraviolet (UV). light from the sun, which can break the chemical bond in DNA.
In fact, as the California Department of Public Health points out, holding a cell phone looks more like RF energy than Bluetooth headsets like AirPods.
This scientific paper is not available in English humans in the way that they are.
But the same is not true for rats. The US National Toxicology Program has found "clear evidence" that the male rat exposure to extensive cell phone radiation is linked to more heart tumor, as well as "some evidence" that it's linked to more brain tumor. They can not say the same for female rats and mice (both male and female).
Asians have found many times before, just because something happens in lab rats does not mean the same. It's tough to know if it's a harmless human being.
The evidence we have so far is not convincing. One 10-year study across the United States for Research on Cancer on the other hand does not do it most intense phone users. Kelley with EMF Scientist recommends swapping bluetooth headphones for wired headphones. Even that a few feet of space between your brain and RF radiation from your cell phone.
Whether you use AirPods or any other kind of audio listening device, it's probably best to spend more time worrying about moderating volume.
There, the science is more conclusive. Constant, repeated exposure to loud noises can lead to non-cancerous acoustic neuroma tumors that cause hearing loss, as well as constant ringing in the ears called tinnitus. If that happens, you may have a different kind of wireless technology into your ears. It's called a hearing aid.