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Is Placing A Phone Against Your Ear Hazardous?

Smartphones are one of the biggest inventions of the 20th century. With a smartphone, the electronic transaction is only a click away.
Yet, there are health implications that come with it. The radio frequency energy that is transmitted from it might be hazardous to the health.

There are suggestions that placing it close to the ear has long-term danger. People who have ear problems or headaches are sensitive to radiations that come from the phone emission.

US cancer epidemiologist, Dr Devra Davis, in her book, Disconnect (2010) linked longterm use to cancer and brain tumour such as glioma. She warned that children are twice exposed to the risk of radiation than adults. However, Dr Ken Karipidis, spokesperson for Australian Radiation Protection Nuclear and Safety Authority (ARPANSA) has said that “There is no established evidence that RF radiation from tablets and phones and Wi-Fi causes health effects”.

Regardless, medical practitioners recommend the six-inches rule.


To take caution, do the following:

  • Avoid a crowded place
  • Reduce time-spent on the phone especially when downloading or streaming.
  • Avoid placing a call when the signal is weak because the radiation might be stronger.
  • Heed the instructions of the manufacturer. Each product has a distance that should be kept.
  • Best still, use a headphone. If possible, always use the speaker. That way, the phone is not close to your ear.
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