CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Journal of Health and Allied Sciences NU 2022; 12(02): 119-125
DOI: 10.1055/s-0041-1736272
Original Article

Effect of Radiofrequency Waves of Mobile Phones on Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emissions

1   Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Nitte (Deemed to be University), KS Hegde Medical Academy, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
1   Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Nitte (Deemed to be University), KS Hegde Medical Academy, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
2   Department of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Kasturba Medical College, Karnataka, India
1   Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Nitte (Deemed to be University), KS Hegde Medical Academy, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
1   Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Nitte (Deemed to be University), KS Hegde Medical Academy, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
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Objective The prolonged exposure to electromagnetic fields of mobile phones can damage the cochlear hair cells, which can be detected by otoacoustic emission (OAE). To know the effect of mobile phones on hearing, the young volunteers were subjected to prolonged mobile phone usage and changes in OAE were recorded.

Materials and Methods Twenty-eight volunteers with normal hearing were made to talk one full hour continuously on the mobile phone. Distortion product otoacoustic emission (DPOAE) was measured prior to the usage of mobile phones and immediately after the use (post-exposure 1) and 24 hours after the use (post-exposure 2). The values were compared.

Results Out of the 28 volunteers, 20 were females and 8 were males. Twenty-one volunteers preferred the right ear while using mobile phones, 7 preferred the left ear. There was no statistically significant difference between the baseline DPOAE values and values of post-exposure 1 and 2 when only the preferred ear was taken into consideration. When the preferred ear was compared with nonpreferred ear, a statistically significant difference was found only in the low frequencies between the pre-exposure and post-exposure 1 values.

Conclusion This study shows there was no significant correlation between OAE and prolonged mobile phone exposure when the preferred ear was not considered.


Both institutional ethical clearance and consent from participants were taken.

Publication History

Article published online:
24 October 2021

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