The Journal of Laryngology & Otology



Review Articles

Do mobile 'phones have a detrimental impact on auditory function?


Khalil a1 and D A Nunez a2c1
a1 Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, Exeter, UK
a2 Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, North Bristol NHS Trust, Southmead Hospital, Bristol, UK

Article author query
khalil s   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
nunez da   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 

Abstract

Mobile telephones are now an integral part of modern telecommunications. The widespread use of mobile telephones has given rise to concern about the potential influences of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) on human health. The effects of EMFs on human beings are under investigation. Anatomically, the ear is in close proximity to the mobile telephone during use. The effect of mobile phones on auditory function has rarely been studied. The aim of this review is to determine if there is evidence that mobile phones have a detrimental effect on auditory function.

(Published Online May 15 2006)
(Accepted February 23 2006)


Key Words: Cellular Phone; Electromagnetic Fields; Hearing Loss.

Correspondence:
c1 Address for correspondence: D A Nunez, FRCS (ORL), MD, Consultant/Honorary Senior Lecturer, Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, North Bristol NHS Trust, Southmead Hospital, Bristol, BS10 5NB, UK. Fax:  + 44 (0)1179595850 E-mail: d.a.nunez@bristol.ac.uk