Dr. Cynthia L. Ellison, Au.D
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As awareness of wireless hearing technology grows, hearing healthcare professionals may notice an uptick in long-term safety concerns. Consumers should be confident knowing that wireless hearing aids are safe and strictly regulated medical devices that meet governmental wireless communication standards in addition to those set forth for medical devices.
In research published in the June 2017 Hearing Review, a team led by Dr. Jason Galster, Starkey Hearing Technologies’ senior manager of audiology research, takes aim at these concerns.
The team dug deep into numerous elements, including the type of electromagnetic radiation wireless hearing aids emit, specific government regulations, and hearing aid design — to determine that wireless hearing aids are safe to use. In fact, it would take 75 wireless hearing aids to equal the wireless emissions of a cell phone.