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Are AirPods bad for your health? Radiation Levels, Explained

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Concerns about electromagnetic radiation emitted by Apple AirPods have been growing recently, but just how dangerous is it in real life?

Concerns about electromagnetic radiation emitted by Apple AirPods have increased recently, but how dangerous is it in real life? Electromagnetic radiation, which includes radio waves, microwaves, X-rays, and gamma rays, is well known to wreak havoc on living tissue, causing cancer and other deadly diseases. Sunlight also radiates electromagnetic energy, but visible light forms only a tiny part of the electromagnetic spectrum and is generally considered harmless.

Apple announced its first generation AirPods in 2016 before launching the second and third generation models in 2019 and 2021, respectively. Meanwhile, Apple also launched the more feature-rich AirPods Pro headphones in 2019 and the AirPods Max over-ear headphones in 2020, which are Apple’s most popular accessories. The company is expected to launch the second-generation AirPods Pro this fall alongside the iPhone 14.

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Concerns about radiation levels in wireless electronic gadgets are not new, but a Reuters The fact-check article has now debunked recent social media chatter that Apple’s AirPods may be responsible for cancer. According to scientific research and studies cited in the report, “there is no established proof” that the radio frequencies emitted by Apple AirPods are harmful to the human body. On the contrary, the evidence suggests that the levels of radio frequency emitted by the devices are well within the limits prescribed by the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and, as such, are safe for use by the general public.


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The report explains that the FCC requires all electronic devices (including cell phones and Bluetooth headphones) sold in the United States to maintain their specific absorption rate (SAR) at less than 1.6 watts per kilogram. According to Apple’s public filings with the FCC, the AirPods recorded SAR levels of 0.071 and 0.095 for the two individual buds, which is less than half of the maximum level prescribed by experts. As for the AirPods Pro, they have SAR measurements of 0.097 and 0.072 watts per kilogram head, which means they also comply with FCC regulations.

It should be noted that the FCC’s SAR limits are stricter than those of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), which recommends that SAR levels be less than two watts per kilogram. According to the organization, as long as the gadgets meet prescribed radiation levels, they should have no adverse health effects on users. ICNIRP also stated Reuters that the latest research also shows “there is no scientific evidence that EMFs (electrical, magnetic and electromagnetic frequencies) cause cancer.”


Two other notorious public health organizations that have backed this claim are the World Health Organization (WHO) and Public Health England. The elder said Reuters that there is “no proven evidence” than Apple’s low-level electromagnetic fields AirPods would cause cancer, whereas the latter said that there was “no convincing evidence” that exposure to electromagnetic fields within the limits of the levels recommended by the ICNRP will have adverse health effects.

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Source: Reuters

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