Do Bluetooth Headphones cause cancer?
What is Bluetooth?
Bluetooth has been around for many years now and is not new to anyone having been invented in 1989. However, in recent years we have seen the rise of Bluetooth headphones which has brought the safety of Bluetooth headphones back into the limelight.
Bluetooth transmits at 2.4Ghz frequency, The information is encoded in these waves in such a way that when it reaches the receiving device, it is able to decode it and, for example, play music in the case of headphones or play a movie in the case of televisions.
Any device that wants to claim that it is a “Bluetooth” device must meet a set of Bluetooth standards, and comply with the many patents and requirements of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) that manages the 30,000 plus companies that participate.
Some 28 million AirPods have been sold since 2016.
As for AirPods, 28 million have been sold worldwide since they were launched in 2016. This Apple equipment uses Bluetooth technology, a type of electromagnetic frequency (EMF) capable of transmitting information. Apple is forecasting to sell over 100 million Airpods by 2021.
The Samsung Galaxy buds have just been released to the market and you can be sure that the Galaxy Buds will be a huge success for Samsung in the same way the Airpods have been Apples latest success.
Are Bluetooth Headphones Safe?
In short, YES.
Both the FDA and the CDC recommend the use of Bluetooth headphones as a great alternative to the constant use of a cellphone.
No human studies have yet shown a link between radiofrequency radiation used by wireless devices and cancer. But some scientists have tested on animals and the results suggested that such a link may exist.
However, the scientific community is very divided.
“There are thousands of documents of variable quality and relevance that point in all possible directions. Although you can choose data and statistics that talk about the health risks of Bluetooth and other wireless technologies, their arguments are not credible,” said Professor Kenneth Foster of the University of Pennsylvania.
“Yes, it’s true that wireless headsets emit radiation but that doesn’t mean there aren’t safe” The federal government sets safety standards for the amount of radiation that devices can emit to consumers, and those that use Bluetooth are well below that level,” the professor added.
Others do believe they can cause long-term problems.
“We can’t say with certainty that these devices are dangerous, but based on the research that’s been done on other similar types of radiation, there’s reason to believe that devices that use Bluetooth are going to be problematic in the long run,” according to Professor Joel Moskowitz, of the University of Berkeley.
What does Apple say to all this?
The manufacturer of AirPods has a lot to say, and in response to all that has been published about its viable link to cancer, Alex Kirschner, the company’s spokesman, stated in the past that “Apple products are always produced and examined to meet or exceed all safety requirements.
There is still a lot of research to be done to confirm that they are dangerous.
“I can’t say that there isn’t a problem with these types of devices, because people can always say that there’s no evidence that they’re 100 percent safe. You can’t tell people what to worry about either, but personally I’m not worried,” Professor Foster said.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), it can not be ruled out that radiation from mobile devices such as Bluetooth can cause cancer. Most studies show that the chances of radio-frequencies producing cancer are very low or nonexistent, but for now, it can not be said with absolute certainty that there is no danger.
What are the risks of cancer from using a Bluetooth headset?
Many of the studies agree that the risks increase with the time of exposure to electromagnetic radiations such as Bluetooth and decreases with the range at which we find ourselves from the origin of the radiations.
It is currently considered that the risk of cancer from using Bluetooth devices such as wireless headphones is very low even for long periods of exposure.
This is mainly due to the low energy that these devices emit which is insufficient to affect the proper functioning of our cells.
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