safety

Hearing Aids and Cell Phones

Hearing Aids and Cell Phones – Compatibility Guide There is now great news for individuals with Hearing Aids or a cochlear implant who wish to buy or use a Cell Phone. New rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) require cell phone makers and service providers to make phones work better for people using hearing aids and cochlear implants. These rules require: Less static Less interference Better telecoil connections How do I find out if a cell phone is hearing Aid compatible? Look at the label – New Rules require that hearing Aid Compatible Cell Phones should be labeled with the “HAC” Tag! To find out if a cell phone is hearing aid compatible (HAC), look for the label in one of these places:…


Cell Phones and Pacemakers

Cell Phones and Pacemakers – Interference with Medical and Cardiac Devices June 2015 Update: As time goes by and more research studies begin to wind down, there is increasing evidence that Smart Phones and cell phones CAN CAUSE interference with pacemakers and other health devices. Everyone agrees that you should not keep your cell phone rested in a pocket near your chest.  Newer cell phones have better designs than older units that help minimize interference with pacemakers… but the interference is never completely eliminated. Latest Article: June 24, 2015 – Keep Cell Phones away from pacemakers, researchers warn…. Before you buy a cell phone, you should visit the FDA site on pacemakers and cell phones Also helpful is the section from the American Heart Association…


Cell Phone Safety – Health Issues – Effects

Cell Phone Safety and Health Issues and Effects Over the past decade, there have numerous, conflicting reports on whether or not cell phones are dangerous to your health.  Industry backed studies publicly state there are no harmful effects of using a cell phone… yet many private studies contradict these findings and say there are indeed negative effects to your health from the use of cell phones.  So who are you to believe? Current Exposure Limits While there is no federally developed national standard for safe levels of exposure to radiofrequency (RF) energy, many federal agencies have addressed this important issue. In addition to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), federal health and safety agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Food and Drug Administration…