Do Bose Wireless Headphones Emit EMF Radiation?

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Is Exposure to EMF’s from Wireless Headphone Even Harmful?

I try to spend time every week reading as much information online about the latest in EMF dangers and information to keep myself and my family updated and protected. There are a few sub-reddits that I follow because generally very good information is posted and it helps me stay current with what is going on. Just yesterday I was reading through a reddit on Electromagnetic’s and found an interested post by a young man. The post started:

“I hate myself for assuming that a receiving device will not emit electromagnetic radiation. So even though I have an ED88T Electrosmog meter I never bothered to measure my headphones. I just stupidly assumed that since the headphones are receiving the bluetooth signal it would be ridiculous for them to emit anything.”

The headphones he was was using was a pair of  Bose wireless bluetooth headphones. He was using the headphones regularly but after a while noticed some scary symptoms:

“After 6 months of using the headphones every day for 8 hours I started to get ear pain, strange wounds on my ears and tiny ball-like structures inside my outer ears. I started to feel physical pain inside my outer ears which made me more and more suspicious about the possibility that my headphones could be emitting EMF.” 

As scary as this is, it is not even close to unheard of. In fact many reports have come out specifically talking about damage to the ears and eardrums from the use of devices that emit EMF’s. The most common cause is extended cell phone use. Not only can extended cell phone use and exposure dramatically increase the likelihood of developing certain brain cancers like glioma, but an article published in 2013 by the National Center for Biotechnology Information which is a branch of the United States National Library of Medicine, specifically stated that using a wireless headset was specifically linked to headaches, depression, feeling down, and waking in the night. The study conducted included almost 400 participants and studied the development of symptoms based on exposure to EMF’s, specifically with cell phone use, wired headphone use, and wireless headphone use. Ultimately the study (referenced below) concluded the following:

“There were more statistically significant associations (36%) than could be expected by chance (5%). Several were dose-dependent relationships. To safeguard young people’s well-being, we suggest limiting their use of cellphones and cordless phones to less than 15 minutes daily, and employing a speaker-phone device for longer daily use. We recommend parental measures are taken to prevent young people being woken by their cellphones.”

Do Wireless Headphones Actually Emit EMF’s?

When Apple released their new wireless headphones, the AirPod’s, people were understandably a bit critical of putting such a powerful wireless device so close the the brain. According to Apple, the iPhone will communicate directly with the right Earbud, which will then send it’s own signal directly to the left earbud, resulting in the radiation carrying signal passing directly through the brain. Now according to Apple and most other industry leaders in the cell phone and electronics industry, all wireless devices emit radio-frequency radiation, but that the level of radiation falls within the acceptable limits set by the Federal Communication Commission.

However, these limits set by the FCC have been widely criticized as unsafe, biased, and largely the result of lobbying by cell phone and electronics manufacturers. In fact a 2012 report by over 200 scientists called the Bioinitiative Report, appealed to the World Health Organization and the United Nations urging them to take immediate action on this issue, concluding that EMF’s are dangerous, even at acceptable limit’s set by industry guidelines.

Getting back to the story I first found on reddit, the 28 year old man who was having symptomatic results from using his wireless Bose headphones finally tested them:

“So today I finally checked the radiation and I was baffled by the results. Not only did my headphones emit radiation, they did it at a dangerously high level (~50 mw / m2). I am utterly shocked by this and embarrassed for not checking them right away. Assumption truly is the mother of all **** ups. I hope this post gets to as many people as possible. Stop using Bose wireless headphones! And always measure your device even if it is supposed to just RECEIVE signal not emit it.”

The evidence that EMF radiation is dangerous and harmful to the body and to our DNA is undeniable, the struggle now is knowing which devices are most harmful and how to judge just how harmful they are. In our modern world avoiding electronics at home and at work is a near impossibility for many (including myself), but there are steps we can take to help protect ourselves.

Just today the gentleman posted an update after he stopped using the headphones:

“It’s been 5 days now and I haven’t used those wireless headphones any more. The pain in my outer ears has completely gone away. I also don’t feel any ball shaped hard structures inside the rims of my outer ears.”

What Should I use Instead of Wireless Headphones?

You may have heard of them, but that safest alternative to wireless or wired headphones are Airtube headphones or earbuds. Instead of having any wired, or wireless, components that conduct the sound. Instead, airtube headphones have a hollow tube that conducts the noise through sound waves, keeping a good distance between you and any EMF radiation coming from your cell phone or headphones. These have been long studied and shown to reduce EMF radiation by as much as 99%. My wife and I both have the Dr. Mercola Bluetube headphones (You can buy them on Amazon), but if you’re looking for a less expensive option you can also buy the Kinden radiation reducing headphones on Amazon as well. A physician friend of mine purchased the Kinden brand and has loved them so far, but I personally feel that the sound quality is better with the Defendershield.


I hope this article was helpful, and I’d love to hear what you think of wireless headphone technology and what kind of symptoms you’ve personally experienced, leave a comment below!

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