(CBS Local) — A group of scientists are warning against the use of Apple Airpods, saying potentially dangerous radiation being beamed into your heads could pose a cancer risk.
As many as 250 experts from 40 countries have signed a United Nations and World Health Organization petition warning against the use of Apple AirPods. They believe the earbuds pose possible cancer risks due to the Bluetooth technology, a type of electromagnetic frequency (EMF) radio wave that can transmit data.READ MORE: Suspected Human Remains Found In Florida Wildlife Preserve Where Authorities Are Searching For Brian Laundrie
Proximity to the user’s inner skull poses the greatest threat, the scientists said.
“My concern for AirPods is that their placement in the ear canal exposes tissues in the head to relatively high levels of radio-frequency radiation,” Jerry Phillips, a professor of biochemistry at the University of Colorado, told Medium.
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The experts also noted the International Agency for Research on Cancer recently determined EMF is “possibly carcinogenic” to humans. Along with cancer, genetic damage and neurological disorders are possibly linked to EMF exposure in humans.
Existing evidence “indicates potential concerns for human health and development from all technologies that operate at radio frequencies,” Phillips said.
Apple has previously responded to concerns about radiation risk but has yet to comment on the latest claims.MORE NEWS: Mayor De Blasio Announces Vaccine Mandate For All New York City Municipal Workers, Including First Responders
“Apple products are always designed and tested to meet or exceed all safety requirements,” Apple spokesperson Alex Kirschner said in 2016 when the devices first launched.