Assessment Long Term Effect of Mobile Phone Usage on Hearing Faculties
Using Brainstem Evoked Response Audiometry
Gaurav Sharma1*, Agrawal DK1, Hasan SA2 and Sneh Chauhan2
1Department of Physiology, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India 202002
2Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India 202002
- *Corresponding Author:
- Gaurav Sharma
Department of Physiology, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College
Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. U.P. India. 202002
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Received date: June 14, 2016; Accepted date: July 20, 2016; Published date: July 25, 2016
Citation: Sharma G, Agrawal DK, Hasan SA, Chauhan S (2016) Assessment Long Term Effect of Mobile Phone Usage on Hearing Faculties Using Brainstem Evoked Response Audiometry. J Neurol Neurophysiol 7:387. doi:10.4172/2155-9562.1000387
Copyright: © 2016 Sharma G, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Mobile phones are the necessity in modern life. The exposure to electromagnetic field emitted by mobile telephones is increasing rapidly that causes side effects, which may be thermal and non-thermal side effects. Thirty non-user participants and sixty user participants (who use mobile phones for more than 1 hour for more than 2 years) were included in the study. Users participants were further sub-divided into Group A (which use mobile phones for more than 1 hours for more than 2 years but less than 5 years) and Group B (who use mobile phones for more than 1 hours for more than 5 years). Auditory status of the subjects was assessed by Brainstem Evoked Response Audiometry (BERA). Latencies of waves I, III, V and inter-peak latency of I-V were recorded in users and non-users. There was a significant change in the latencies of BERA potentials of wave I and III in users compared to non-users. These changes suggest that radiations emitted from mobile phone causes damage to inner ear, cochlea and may be outer hair cells of inner ear. These results show that electromagnetic frequencies of mobile phone cause some damage to ear and auditory pathway. The study shows that mobile phones have a detrimental effect on the human auditory system.