Medical/biological study (observational study)

The effect of mobile phone to audiologic system.

Published in: J Med Assoc Thai 2005; 88: S231-S234

Aim of study (acc. to author)

To measure changes in hearing level of mobile phone users.
Background/further details: 98 subjects (31 males) were tested. All subjects were investigated for type of used mobile phone, time of mobile phone use, preferred side, medication, personal history of ear diseases and it was asked whether they experience changes in hearing with or without mobile phone use.

Endpoint

Exposure

No exposure details are available.

Exposed system:

Methods Endpoint/measurement parameters/methodology

Investigated material:
Investigated organ system:
Time of investigation:
  • after exposure

Main outcome of study (acc. to author)

The average mobile phone usage time was 32.54 +/-27.64 months. 57 subjects preferred the right side for mobile telephone use. Regarding audiometry, no significant difference between the hearing threshold on the dominant side compared to the non-dominant side was found. In eight subjects that used the mobile phone for more than 60 minutes per day, it was observed that the hearing threshold of the dominant ear was worse. However, due to the small sample size (n=8), this finding did not reach statistical significance.
In this study, the hearing of the user was not significantly affected by the electromagnetic field from the cell phone.
Study character:
  • medical/biological study
  • observational study
  • full/main study

Study funded by

  • not stated/no funding

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