Are Bluetooth Headphones Safe?

There is currently no consensus on the possible health effects of exposure to Bluetooth radiation. Some studies have found no adverse health effects, while others have found possible links health problems in humans.

So the answer to the question are Bluetooth headphones safe depends on where you look and who you ask.

Electromagnetic Radiation

The potential risks of using Bluetooth headphones are many and varied.

One of the most significant risks is that of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) exposure.

Bluetooth headphones emit EMR, which is a type of radiation that is known to be harmful to human health.

Studies have linked EMR exposure to a variety of health problems.

Where Do They Emit Radiation?

Wireless earbuds emit radiation in the form of electromagnetic waves. These waves are emitted by the Bluetooth chip that is located inside the headphones.

This means radiation is being emitted in your hear, very close to your brain. So often people keep one or both pods in their ear for the entire day, even if not in use, continually exposing their brain to radiation.

Wireless earbuds emit radiation in the form of electromagnetic waves. These waves are emitted by the Bluetooth chip that is located inside the headphones.

This means radiation is being emitted in your ear, very close to your brain. So often people keep one or both pods in their ear for the entire day, even if not in use, continually exposing their brain to radiation.

Low EMF Headphones

Fortunately for those of us who are concerned about the radiation emitted from Bluetooth headphones there is a much safer alternatives.

Air tube headphones can reduce the amount of radiation by up to 99.9%. What makes these low EMF headphones different is that instead of the speakers being directly inside the earbud they are located at a safer distance from your ears.

The speakers are connected by air tubes that deliver the sound to the ear buds. The wires are shielded to prevent RF radiation from flowing through them to your head.

I use DefenderShield EMF free air tube stereo headphones. Not only do they prevent radiation from going right into my head, they also have great sound quality. The hollow air tubes give a different depth of sound to your music. And they have clear sound for calls.

Who Is Responsible For Testing The Safety?

No one is responsible for regulating the safety of Bluetooth headphones. There are many different types and brands of wireless headphones on the market, and each one may have been tested by a different entity.

However, some general tips for finding out if a particular pair of Bluetooth headphones has been safety tested include checking the manufacturer’s website for documentation, or contacting customer service for more information.

What are Bluetooth Headphones?

Bluetooth headphones are a type of wireless headphones that use Bluetooth technology (short-range radio frequency) to connect to your devices.

It allows two devices to connect to each other and exchange data over a short distance, typically a maximum of 30 feet, while constantly switching frequencies.

People find them convenient because they allow you to listen to music or make phone calls without having to worry about tangled wires, giving you the ability to move freely both inside and outside. They are also typically more affordable than other types of wireless headphones.

man listing with Bluetooth wireless technology

How Do They Work?

They are considered “safe” and secure because they operate on various frequencies, hopping between them hundreds of times per second. This is called “frequency hopping spread spectrum” and prevents hacking.

Once you pair devices, they will emit a radio signal that your phone or other device can pick up and will automatically try to pair when in range.

I always have my Bluetooth manually turned off so I don’t have a radio signal continually trying to connect. You also have the option to go to your settings and see which devices are paired with your phone and manually “forget this device.”

Bluetooth headphones can cause interfere with other electronic devices.

Who Has Studied Their Safety?

There is no one organization or entity that is responsible for studying the safety of Bluetooth headphones.

safety research

However, there are a number of different groups and individuals who have done research on this topic, and their findings are generally available to the public.

One such group is the World Health Organization (WHO), which has released a report on the potential health risks of using Bluetooth headphones.

How Do They Affect Your Health?

It depends where you look and who you ask, research on the matter is inconclusive. Some studies suggest that Bluetooth headphones may have some negative health effects, while other studies are not able to confirm these findings. You can read my article about if Bluetooth is dangerous for more information.

References

https://www.consumerreports.org/radiation/do-i-need-to-worry-about-radiation-from-wifi-and-bluetooth-devices/

https://elemental.medium.com/are-airpods-and-other-bluetooth-headphones-safe-214a0449e13a