Does using headphones / earphones plugged into a cellphone for taking calls / listening to music pose a significant health risk in the long run in terms of radiation exposure?

Also it depends what your headphones are connected to. If they are connected to your cell phone and you are taking calls using a wired headset your exposure could be significant. A conventional headset uses a wire cable. Wire has metal in it. This metal conducts the radiation coming from your cell phone allowing it to travel up the wire and into your head.

What about just listening to music on your cell phone. If the music is downloaded onto your phone this is safer. But if you are streaming, then again your EMF exposures could be significant.


Based on Konrad's comment, a link to the Bioinitiative Report: http://www.bioinitiative.org/table-of-contents/ The relevant sections appears to be Section6, Section9, Section10, Section11 and Section13 (I still need to read through these, will quote sections out of these as I work through them)

Counter arguments:

CONCLUSIONS: Our results showed no evidence of any association between ELF-MF exposure (100 µT at 50 Hz) and AD, and ELF-MF exposure does not influence the pathogenesis of AD induced by Al overload.

Neurological Effects of Non-Ionizing Electromagnetic Fields

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    I think I have heard similar claims in the past, but it wouldn't be a bad idea to link to something a bit more notable than a blogger, so we know it is widely believed, not just one person's misunderstanding.
    – Oddthinking
    Commented Jun 26, 2014 at 3:23
  • Will do a bit more digging Commented Jun 26, 2014 at 7:58
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    You can link to the source of these bogus claims, the BioInitiative Report, directly. That said, it’s not hard to find good sources which pick holes in the report. Commented Jun 27, 2014 at 7:36
  • This can be disproved by attacking the core argument that cell phone radiation poses a threat, which has already been done very thoroughly.
    – Phoshi
    Commented Jul 2, 2014 at 12:11


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