July 20, 2010
Mobile Phone Use Increases Risk of Ear Ringing, Study Indicates
Prolonged use of the mobile phone may be associated with an increase in the risk of developing chronic ringing in the ears, according to a study published today in Occupational & Environmental Medicine, a BMJ Publishing Group journal. Business Week reports.
Patients in Austria who used their mobiles for an average of 10 minutes a day were 71 percent more likely to have the condition.
Some 50 million Americans suffer from ringing, buzzing or other phantom noises in one or both ears, a condition known as tinnitus, according to American Tinnitus Association estimates.
... Regularly using a mobile phone for at least four years appears to point to a doubling in the risk of developing a chronic form of tinnitus, defined as having symptoms lasting at least three months, according to the study.
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