In this study, the pooled analysis of the data obtained in the course of the European "EMFnEAR project" on the possible effects of exposure to UMTS-modulated electromagnetic fields on the auditory system of humans is described.
EMFnEAR project: "Exposure at UMTS Electromagnetic Fields: Study on Potential Adverse Effects on Hearing".
A total of 134 participants (73 women and 61 men) were tested across different European laboratories. Not all participants were given all audiological tests.
|Exposure duration||continuous for 20 min|
The data did not show any consistent pattern of effects on the auditory system after a 20-min UMTS exposure at the maximum output of the cell phone with 69 mW/kg SAR in the cochlea region.
It is concluded that UMTS short-term exposure at the maximum output does not cause measurable immediate effects on the human auditory system.