Here’s what 250 scientists says about your wireless AirPods

Laverne Higgins
March 15, 2019

Experts are warning Apple AirPods and similar technologies can send an electromagnetic field through the brain, 250 scientists have signed a petition to regulate this trendy technology in the best interest of consumer safety.

But could wireless Bluetooth headphones such as Airpods pose a cancer risk? The closeness of this radiation to the brains of the users is cause for concern, say the researchers.

A Medium article published last week poses the question, "Are AirPods and Other Bluetooth Headphones Safe?".

"These [devices] are not limited to and include baby monitors, smart meters, broadcast antennas, Wi-Fi, and cordless and cellular phones and their base stations, besides infrastructures and electric devices that are used to deliver electricity and generate extremely-low frequency (ELF) electromagnetic field (EMF)", wrote the scientists in the petition.

He is among the large group of scientists to have signed a petition calling for "protection" from the technology.

However, the petition isn't new - it originated in 2015 - and specifically calls out non-ionizing electromagnetic fields (used in all Bluetooth devices), as well as radiofrequency radiation emitting devices (like cell phones and Wi-Fi) as risky. Beats and Apple wireless headphone together account for over 40% of the product market, but these devices may be pumping more than sounds into the heads of their users. "And exposure from the Bluetooth device would be very, very low". But: the animals were exposed to in experiments of high-frequency radiation, were in above-average mass of genetic, neurological, and reproductive damage.

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The petition also notes the recent determination from the International Agency for Research on Cancer that EMF may be "carcinogenic" to humans.

EMF is a form of radiowave similar to - but not as powerful or risky as - X-rays or UV.

According to the Daily Mail, the concern is that the AirPods sit so far within the ear that they could potentially easily pass radiation in through the ear. The WHO has issued already the guidelines for electromagnetic radiation (EMF), but according to the scientists, even low levels of radiation could already be carcinogenic.

"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 adds.

'By not taking action, the WHO is failing to fulfill its role as the preeminent worldwide public health agency'.

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