Headphones could cause cancer

Apple’s Airpods are the fastest selling Bluetooth headphone device on the market with 28 million pairs sold worldwide already. But could Bluetooth headphones such as Apple’s Airpods pose a cancer risk?

There are 250 scientists from around the world who have found that they do, and have expressed ‘serious concern’ about the risks of wireless devices to the United Nations and World Health Organisation by submitting a petition for a review of current standards.

‘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,’ said University of Colorado professor Jerry Phillips.

The group of scientists are concerned that numerous scientific publications have been published recently that show EMF affects living organisms at levels below international guidelines.

In their submission, the scientists wrote that ‘effects include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, and negative impacts on general well-being in humans’.

The group of scientists believe that the guidelines need to be strengthened and that the general public needs to understand the risks of radio waves.

What do you think? Do you use Bluetooth headphones? Will you re-consider purchasing products with Bluetooth in the future?

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