We started early with speakers inbuilt in the devices, moved to wired earphones and now we are in a time when the earphones are wireless.
Well convenience wise it is a huge leap. Literally like so handy, carry them whenever and wherever.
But is the ease coming at the expense of your brain health? It has been debated for a very long time now whether Airpods or wireless earphones are good or bad for your brain.
In this article, we will get to know more about the same and whether are airpods bad for your brain.
1. Can Wireless Headphones Cause Cancer?
Just like all other wireless headphones/earphones the Apple airpods also use Bluetooth technology for the transmission of sound from the device to your ear.
It is very obvious that the radiation emitted by the device while using Bluetooth is very less compared to cellphones but the catch here is the proximity of the earbuds from your brain, and the duration for which these devices stay hooked to your ears.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer has a complete list of carcinogenic substances, factors, and even devices that can lead to cancer.
Even in that, the radiation emitted from the Bluetooth devices is less dangerous as compared to our cellphones and other devices like laptops or Wi-Fi routers.
This is the amount of information that has been cleared and verified by far, although studies about the same have been going on for a while and more work is being done to get clarity on how is the human brain affected exactly.
2. What are Radiations?
As we read above, the devices emit electromagnetic radiation.
So, in very basic terms radiation is just an exposure to electric, magnetic, and electromagnetic fields that come out from natural or human-made sources.
The interaction of electric and magnetic fields is called electromagnetic radiation and electromagnetic radiation usually is of two types, that are high level and low level.
The high-level radiation is known as non-ionizing and the low-level radiation is known as ionizing, examples of which are X-rays. Radiation from Airopds, mobile phones, and Wi-Fi routers are examples of non-ionizing radiation.
3. Are Radiations Harmful?
There have been studies conducted to study the dangerous impacts of radiation when our body is exposed to the electromagnetic rays emitted by these devices.
Scientists have even written an appeal to the World Health Organization to impose strict and new policies against electromagnetic radiation from these devices.
But by far based on whatever has been researched and studied, we are still at an inconclusive state due to insufficient evidence of the same.
Having said this, it still cannot be denied that Airpods are bad for your brain, as less risk does not imply zero risk.
4. Are Airpods Safe and Are Airpods Bad for your Brain?
Apple has informed publicly that all the devices that are designed by them, follow the utmost public health and safety requirements. It is a priority that is compromised in no case.
These portable wireless devices have emissions that are regulated and under the limits that are specified in the acceptable guidelines for human exposure.
Indeed as and when the new models come out, they are worked at better than the previous ones. So, the Airpods Pro are below the acceptable radio frequency limits by more than two times.
Even though the AirPods have been tested extensively in Apple’s in-house facility, they have been sent to independent laboratories as well, like the FCC.
According to the FCC, the specific absorption rate (SAR) that is permissible is 1.6 watts/kilogram. For the Airpods it has been mentioned not more than 0.095 in any case.
5. Use of Electronic Devices and its Effects on Your Body
Mobile phones have become a part and parcel of our everyday lives, literally, no work is been done without the use of phones now.
So, with all the constant use and the proximity to these devices like phones, laptops, Airpods, smartwatches, and others we are obviously impacted.
The factors that actually determine the consequences are how long you use these devices, the duration, and how close they are to your body. Like while using the phone to talk it is literally stuck to your face.
Secondly, and especially in the case of mobile phones, we can see that if the device is very far from the base station it will increase the radiation level to compensate for the link.
The radiation emitted usually is (radio frequency) RF radiation, which if present in a good amount can actually create a thermal effect which in turn would increase the body’s temperature.
Small problems like headaches can arise due to extreme usage, although there can be long-term effects as well like developing a brain tumor.
There is not a very strong proposal but it has been said that the RF radiation may be carcinogenic, and due to this it has been advised to use the mobile and other such devices in a precautionary measure.
Simply put, do not use your gadgets all day long, and try to sleep without these around you.
6. Final Thoughts about the Use of Airpods
Based on all that we have read above, it can be concluded that Airpods are not lethally bad for your body or brain.
But they emit electromagnetic radiation just like cellphones or other devices, only the extent and intensity are lesser.
So, if you want to protect yourself from these radiations you can limit the use of airpods, and while not in use. try to keep them away from you by at least 3 feet distance.