Although Apple asserts that their AirPod earphones satisfy FCC requirement for close-range radiation levels, a UC Berkeley scientist claims otherwise. It is warned that Apple’s new wireless headphones could cause irreversible brain damage, including an erosion of the blood-brain barrier. According to details shared by Apple last week, most of the wireless communications from the AirPod will emanate from the ear canal itself. Apple’s W1 wireless chip sits in the bulbous portion of the AirPod that is inserted into the ear canal.
Dr. Joel Moskowitz, a professor at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, tells Daily Mail recently that “you are putting a microwave-emitting device next to your brain.” He continues: “It’s like we keep rediscovering that Bluetooth is harmful and trying to forget it because we don’t know how to handle it from a policy standpoint. Although we don’t know the long-term risks from using Bluetooth devices, why would anyone insert microwave-emitting devices in their ears near their brain when there are safer ways to use a cell phone?” He concludes: “Essentially I recommend using corded headsets or hands-free use of cell phones, not wireless ear buds.”
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