Study type: Epidemiological study (observational study)

Survey of mobile phone use and their chronic effects on the hearing of a student population epidem.

Published in: Int J Audiol 2007; 46 (3): 113-118

Aim of study (acc. to author)

A survey was conducted in a student population in the United Kingdom to investigate mobile phone use and the chronic effects on the hearing, tinnitus and balance.

Further details

The exposure groups were categorized in very low, low, high, and very high based on the distribution of mobile phone use scores.

Endpoint/type of risk estimation

Type of risk estimation:



Exposure groups

Group Description
Group 1 mobile phone use: very low
Group 2 mobile phone use: low
Group 3 mobile phone use: high
Group 4 mobile phone use: very high
Group 5 short term use: < 3 years
Group 6 long term use: > 6 years


Study size

Type Value
Eligible 160
Participants 117

Results (acc. to author)

94 % of the participants were current mobile phone users, only 2 % have never used a mobile phone. Duration of ownership and daily usage among the participants ranged from 0 to 7 years and 0 to 45 minutes per day.
High or long-term users reported no worse hearing, tinnitus, or balance problems than low or short-term users.

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