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80. Jahresversammlung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Hals-Nasen-Ohren-Heilkunde, Kopf- und Hals-Chirurgie e. V.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hals-Nasen-Ohren-Heilkunde, Kopf- und Hals-Chirurgie e. V.

20.05. - 24.05.2009, Rostock

Are there health risks for cochlear implant patients arising from electromagnetic fields used by mobile telephone communication?

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  • corresponding author Ferdinand Bischof - AMEOS Klinikum St. Salvator Halberstadt, HNO-Klinik, Halberstadt, Germany
  • Jörg Langer - AMEOS Klinikum St. Salvator Halberstadt, HNO-Klinik, Halberstadt, Germany
  • Klaus Begall - AMEOS Klinikum St. Salvator Halberstadt, HNO-Klinik, Halberstadt, Germany

German Society of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. 80th Annual Meeting of the German Society of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. Rostock, 20.-24.05.2009. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2009. Doc09hno006

DOI: 10.3205/09hno006, URN: urn:nbn:de:0183-09hno0061

Veröffentlicht: 22. Juli 2009

© 2009 Bischof et al.
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Though continuous and manifold exposition of the human population to electromagnetic fields, there is great uncertainty about the health risks of high frequency electromagnetic fields used by mobile telephone communication (HF-EMF).

Due to contradictory study results carcinogenic effects or the induction of psycho-vegetative symptoms are discussed greatly controversial. Owing to these circumstances the German Commission for Radiation Protection has specified thresholds in the year 2003 according to recommendations of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) from the year 1998. Provided that these thresholds of HF-EMFs are observed no health risks are assumed for healthy people. However, there are only a few studies inquiring the particular hazards for cochlear implant patients arising from the vicinity between inductive metal implant and brain on the one hand and the proximity between electronic parts of the cochlear implant and mobile phones on the other hand.

By means of a review of the current literature we analyzed health risks for cochlear implant patients resulting from mobile telephone utilization. We found that HF-EMFs are harmless provided that corresponding legal thresholds are observed. Consequently we found no restrictions for cochlear implant patients in the utilization of mobile telephone communication up to date.