It is one of the features of the new phone which has sparked conversation, with many excited about the prospect of never having to untangle the wires and others worried how easily they could lose the gadgets.The new headphones are powered by Bluetooth – a wireless technology for exchanging data over short distances.
An expert has warned the small white devices, which also have the added bonus of being water resistant, could in fact be damaging to health because the headphones are transmitting very low intensity radiowaves into your ears.
The expert questioned: “Although we don’t know the long-term risks from using Bluetooth devices, why would anyone insert microwave-emitting devices in their ears near their brain when there are safer ways to use a cell phone.“Is the legal limit sufficient to protect the cell phone user’s health?” he added.He said he recommended the use of ‘corded headsets or hands-free use of cell phones, not wireless ear buds’.
Dr Moskowitz argued there have been more than a dozen studies using animal models have found that exposure to very low intensity microwave radiation can open the blood-brain barrier which could enable chemical toxins in the circulatory system to penetrate brain tissue.
The professor said the headphones could be damaging to health. He said: “This effect is nonlinear as it is found with very low intensity exposure but not at higher intensity exposures to microwave radiation.”