Balachandran, R.; Prepagaran, N.; Rahmat, O.; Zulkiflee, A.B.; Hufaida, K.S. (2012) Effects of Bluetooth device electromagnetic field on hearing: pilot study. Journal of Laryngology and Otology. ISSN 0022-2151Full text not available from this repository.
Background:The Bluetooth wireless headset has been promoted as a 'hands-free' device with a low emission of electromagnetic radiation.Objective:To evaluate potential changes in hearing function as a consequence of using Bluetooth devices, by assessing changes in pure tone audiography and distortion production otoacoustic emissions.Design:Prospective study.Materials and methods:Thirty adult volunteers were exposed to a Bluetooth headset device (1) on 'standby' setting for 6 hours and (2) at full power for 10 minutes. Post-exposure hearing was evaluated using pure tone audiography and distortion production otoacoustic emission testing.Results:There were no statistically significant changes in hearing, as measured above, following either exposure type.Conclusion:Exposure to the electromagnetic field emitted by a Bluetooth headset, as described above, did not decrease hearing thresholds or alter distortion product otoacoustic emissions.
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Laryngology and Otology|
|Additional Information:||Department of Otorhinolaryngology, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Medicine|
|Depositing User:||Mr. Faizal Hamzah|
|Date Deposited:||25 Feb 2012 10:14|
|Last Modified:||26 Dec 2014 11:03|
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