I just returned from a quick trip to Taiwan, and I have to say, I have never seen so many people wearing AirPods or similar Bluetooth devices in their ears. Given that early official iPhone manuals recommended not holding the iPhone next to your head whilst making or taking a call, that is, not using your iPhone as you would a mobile phone, and the findings of The Chicago Tribune’s recent EMF tests of mobile phones, it got me to wondering what the EMF emission levels were like for Bluetooth earphones.
A quick web search brings up a story (that was later debunked) about 250 scientists warning that devices like AirPods were a cancer risk. However, others have tested the levels of EMF being emitted from these devices, and found that they do emit higher levels of radiation than normal earphones.
Personally, I rarely use earphones with my iPhone, unless the device is in Airplane Mode. I have some of the AirTube style earphones that I use for making phone calls. I’ve been happy with the AirTubes I bought at Amazon.com, even though as a product category, they tend to get very mixed reviews. (Be careful with your research at Amazon, that those products with overwhelmingly 5 star positive reviews aren’t incentivised. That is, the third-party seller of generic product from Chinese factories (‘branded’ to look like its a premium product), hasn’t given away a tonne of free, or deeply discounted product in exchange for reviews, as is the standard practice these days across every product category which allows third-party sellers.)
I’ve written a bit about the EMF subject before, because I believe its important for people to make their own decisions around these kinds of topics. However, I don’t want this to become an EMF blog, so I’ll post (above) one of the more balanced videos I watched on the topic, and leave you to investigate further, or not.