As opposed to a viral TikTok video titled “Why you MUST throw away your AirPods,” public health officials and scientists have revealed that there is no evidence to warrant advising people against using the AirPods or other Bluetooth headphones, Reuters is reporting.
The individual behind the viral video says the headphones “literally sit inside your skull” and “cook” your brain because of the low-frequency radiation. However, no evidence has been found to support this claim.
According to the experts at the Meedan Health Desk, exposure to electric, magnetic, and electromagnetic fields, shortened to EMF, come from human-made and natural sources. While studies have investigated the potential health risks of EMF exposure, they do not include non-ionizing sources.
Sources of non-ionizing radiation include microwaves, WIFI routers, mobile phones, and Bluetooth wireless headphones like AirPods.
Although “lower risk does not mean zero risk,” said Meedan’s researchers, who added that non-ionizing radiation sources were generally considered safer than ionizing radiation sources. They concluded: “There is currently insufficient evidence that wireless headphones pose enough of a health risk to stop using them.”
Meanwhile, Apple has provided the following statement to Reuters via email:
“We take the health and safety of our customers very seriously. We design all our products with care and we test them extensively to ensure they comply with applicable safety requirements.
AirPods and other wireless devices from Apple meet all applicable radio frequency exposure guidelines and limits. Plus, AirPods and AirPods Pro are more than two times below applicable limits for radio frequency exposure.”
Scientists and health agencies have also told Reuters that Apple’s AirPods fully meet all national and international safety regulations.