Adverse Effect of Mobile Phone on Hearing in Healthy Individuals: A Clinical Study.

Author: Jadia S1, Qureshi S1, Jain L2, Shringirishi M3
Affiliation: <sup>1</sup>Department of E.N.T, Peoples Medical College and Research Center, Bhopal, India. <sup>2</sup>Department of E.N.T, SMBT Institute of Medical Sciences, Nashik, India. <sup>3</sup>3Department of E.N.T, Chirayu Medical College, Bhopal, India.
Conference/Journal: Indian J Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg.
Date published: 2019 Nov
Other: Volume ID: 71 , Issue ID: Suppl 2 , Pages: 1169-1173 , Special Notes: doi: 10.1007/s12070-018-1247-1. Epub 2018 Jan 11. , Word Count: 175

The mobile phone is a ubiquitous piece in this modern world. An estimated 85% of Americans, 80% of the British, and perhaps 75% of Indians use it, as of today. Mobile phones communicate by transmitting radio waves through a network of fixed antennas called base stations. Radio frequency waves are electromagnetic fields, and unlike ionizing radiation such as X-rays or gamma rays, can neither break chemical bonds nor cause ionization in the human body. 1000 participants from outpatient department of a tertiary care center over a period of one and a half years, were included in the study and were divided equally into case (> 1 year use) and control (< 1 year use) groups. Out of 500 cases, maximum 233(46.6%) subjects were using mobile since last 4-6 year and 134(26.8%) were using mobile since last 7-9 year and maximum 344(68.8%) subjects were using mobile 1-3 h/day and 145(29.0%) were using mobile 4-6 h/day.

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KEYWORDS: Hours of exposure; Mobile phone; SAR; Sensorineural hearing loss; Years of exposure

PMID: 31750144 PMCID: PMC6841797 [Available on 2020-11-01] DOI: 10.1007/s12070-018-1247-1