Holding a cell phone to the side of your head isn’t advisable. By now you’ve probably heard this a hundred times: after all, so many major health organizations offer recommendations on limiting cell phone radiation exposure, from the FDA to the National Cancer Institute to the World Health Organization. One common recommendation is simply to limit cell phone use all together. But for a lot of us, that just isn’t possible — or isn’t enough. If you want to be able to still use your phone, without it radiating directly into your skull, there are options, including anti-radiation headsets.
Creating Distance From Your Cell Phone
Ultimately you want to create some distance between your wireless device and your body. This limits the amount of electromagnetic radiation directly absorbed through your skin.
One way to do this is to use your cell phone in speaker mode while having a conversation. This isn’t always practical though, especially if you’re in a public place and don’t want to share your conversation with everyone around you.
Another way is to use a headset. By using a headset, you are keeping the major source of EMF emissions — your phone — further away from your body, thus reducing your exposure.
One popular type is a bluetooth headset. This allows you to keep your cell phone up to 30 feet away from your body as you speak. That said, this type of hands-free device still uses wireless transmission. In other words, you’re replacing cell phone radiation for Bluetooth radiation which, while a lower level of radiation, is not ideal.
Traditional wired headphones are one step up as they don’t require wireless transmission like Bluetooth does. But they’re not without dangers (more on that below).
The best solution available is something called an air tube headset, which adds an extra layer of safety beyond what traditional wired headsets offer.
What’s the Difference Between Wired and Air Tube Headsets?
Visually, a conventional set of wired headphones and an air tube headset look much the same. Both of them plug into the headphone jack of your device, and have a cord that branches off into two parts ending in two earbuds.
The major difference between the two is the way they transmit sound. A wired headset has metal wires extending all the way through the cords from the device to your ears. Metal is a conductor, though, meaning it not only carries the sound up the cables and into your head, it also carries some of your phone’s EMF radiation emissions right into your ear canal.
With an air tube headset, the metal inside the cables stops part way up and is replaced by hollow tubing. These hollow tubes of air (or “air tubes”) transmit the sound waves the rest of the way up to the earpieces — but because there’s no metal to act as a conductor, they transmit the sound only, not the radiation.
In a product like the SYB Air Tube Headset, that means 99% of cell phone radiation is blocked by the air tubes and kept away from your brain.
Airtube Headsets and Sound Quality
One question you may have about airtube headsets is whether you need to completely sacrifice sound quality in order to protect your health. That’s not the case. Airtube headsets do a great job of transmitting sound waves, and the SYB Air Tube Headset specifically provides crisp audio quality for clear conversations as well as excellent bass for listening to music.
The SYB Air Tube headset design is also stylish and comfortable, so there’s no need to sacrifice on anything when you switch to using one.
Should you use an Air Tube Headset?
It’s well established that holding a cell phone directly to your ear is a bad idea. Take this 2016 study, for example, which found that exposure to cell phone radiation caused a major increase in brain and heart cancers in rats.
And, as we’ve just explored above, using a Bluetooth headset or conventional set of wired headphones definitely makes speaking on your phone safer — but neither is the most optimal alternative to shield your body from harmful EMF radiation.
An air tube headset prevents cell phone radiation from being conducted up through the cables and directly into your ears. So if you regularly use your phone to make calls, it’s certainly the leading option when it comes to protecting your health.
If you’re the kind of person who spends hours listening to podcasts, audiobooks, or music, the air tube headset also allows you to do so without absorbing a whole lot of radiation in the process. And without having to sacrifice greatly on sound quality.
One thing to keep in mind: When using an air tube headset, still try to keep your phone away from your body. For example, try not to keep it right against your body in your pants pocket while you’re talking hands-free, but instead place it on a desk away from you.
You can also consider using our SYB Phone Pouch (which reduces your exposure to harmful cell phone radiation when you carry your phone) in conjunction with your SYB Air Tubes for some powerful, comprehensive cell phone EMF protection.
In these ways, you’ll continue to keep some distance from the cell phone radiation, and maximize your personal benefit of using air tube anti-radiation headsets.