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

Author: Jadia S1, Qureshi S1, Jain L2, Shringirishi M3
1Department of E.N.T, Peoples Medical College and Research Center, Bhopal, India.
2Department of E.N.T, SMBT Institute of Medical Sciences, Nashik, India.
33Department 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.

© Association of Otolaryngologists of India 2018.

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