Scientists Say AirPods May be Linked to Cancer

15 March, 2019, 18:46 | Author: Veronica Peterson
  • Here’s what 250 scientists says about your wireless AirPods

Apple sold 28 million pairs of their wireless earbuds last year, and 16 million the year before; with a new design said to be on the way this company is set to profit even more, but the real cost is not known.

But it's this proximity to the user's inner skull that has left some experts concerned about the detrimental health impact it could be having.

Airpods in particular have been singled out because of how they sit deeply enough the ear canal to expose some fragile parts of the ear to unsafe radiation. Scientists are warning that microwave radiation from many popular wireless technologies could pose serious health risks, this petition has quickly collected 250 signatures.

"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.

Several scientists have signed a petition asking the United Nations and World Health Organization to regulate wireless technologies in particular that use electromagnetic radiation.

The petition adds that the International Agency for Research on Cancer recently determined that EMF is "possibly carcinogenic" to humans.

Here’s what 250 scientists says about your wireless AirPods
Apple AirPods and Samsung Galaxy Buds in cancer fears over radiation levels in headphones | Daily Star

EMF is a form of radiowave similar to - but not as powerful or risky as - X-rays or UV. Along with cancer, genetic damage and neurological disorders are possibly linked to EMF exposure in humans. And yet, the opposing view exists within the very same scientific community, represented in part by professors at the University of Pennsylvania, calling foul on the alleged effects of EMF radiation on the human body, on the basis of their point of origin.

The World Health Organisation developed guidelines that regulate the amount of EMF the devices are allowed to emit.

But the new petitions' authors warn that even these guidelines could be unsafe - and much more research is needed.

The petition also mentions the fact that respective agencies that are supposed to introduce EMF exposure safety standards on permissible EMF exposure levels have so far failed to so, adding that "no sufficient guidelines" have been imposed "to protect the general public, particularly children who are more vulnerable to the effects of EMF".

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

However, some news released today by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says that a number of scientists agree that AirPods and other ear worn devices are a cancer risk.

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