Hundreds of scientists from the US and around the world filed an global appeal with the United Nations calling for consumer protection from non-ionizing electromagnetic fields (EMF) created by Apple AirPods and other wireless headphones. The closeness of this radiation to the brains of the users is cause for concern, say the researchers.
Airpods in particular have been singled out because of how they sit deeply enough the ear canal to expose some fragile parts of the ear to unsafe radiation.
But the new petitions' authors warn that even these guidelines could be risky - and much more research is needed.
The report further specified that although the scientific jury is yet to pin down the particular devices that can cause cancer, animal studies on the kind of radio frequency radiation they emit, suggested a link to cancer. In some cases the levels of radiation being used that were found to be carcinogenic were lower than that of the levels suggested to be safe by federal and worldwide guidelines.
"Bluetooth could open the blood-brain barrier that evolved to keep large molecules out of the brain, since the technology tends to be low-intensity", said Moskowitz.
The WHO has guidelines for what it considers to be a healthy level of EMF but the new petition claims that more research is needed.
Several scientists have signed a petition asking the United Nations and World Health Organization to regulate wireless technologies in particular that use electromagnetic radiation.
Despite the enormous popularity wireless headphones, such as AirPods and the similar Samsung Galaxy Buds, have earned in recent years, researchers are increasingly voicing concerns about the harmful effects they may have on human health.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed guidelines for the level of electromagnetic frequency (EMF) that various devices are allowed to expose users to. But: the animals were exposed to in experiments of high-frequency radiation, were in above-average mass of genetic, neurological, and reproductive damage.
EMF is a form of radiowave similar to - but not as powerful or unsafe as - X-rays or UV.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer has declared electromagenetic field radiation a possible carcinogen.
It adds: "The various agencies setting safety standards have failed to impose sufficient guidelines to protect the general public, particularly children who are more vulnerable to the effects of EMF".
"By not taking action, the WHO is failing to fulfill its role as the preeminent global public health agency", the experts wrote.