"Numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most global and national guidelines." the petition claims.
As many as 250 scientists from over 40 countries have conveyed "serious concern" over the radiation generated by wireless devices, defined as the non-ionizing electromagnetic field (EMF).
Neither Apple's AirPods nor any other wireless headphone product was mentioned in the petition, and one researcher says riling people up with scary headlines doesn't do any good.
Advent of new wireless technologies are outpacing research and regulation, and its effects could have risky even disastrous health effects, such as the untested 5G posed to roll out using broader and far stronger signals than ever before.
Wireless headphones establish a connection between content on your phone or streaming content and your ears using bluetooth, which is a radio frequency, in the same frequency range as microwaves, WiFi, cell phones and other electronic devices, according to the University of California.
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According to the Daily Mail, the concern is that the AirPods sit so far within the ear that they could potentially easily pass radiation in through the ear.
Despite the enormous popularity wireless headphones, such as AirPods and the similar Samsung Galaxy Buds, have earned in recent years, researchers are increasingly voicing concerns about the harmful effects they may have on human health.
He is among the scientists to have signed the petition that highlights the potential for cancer, neurological disorders and DNA damage. The document also brings up recent findings by The International Agency for Research on Cancer, suggesting that EMF "possibly" has "carcinogenic" effects on humans, since high levels EMF can increase heat and thereby boost cell growth in human bodies. They called for stronger guidelines and demanded that the public be informed about the risks posed by radio waves.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer in 2011 categorized radio frequencies like bluetooth as a "possible human carcinogen".
EMF is a form of radiowave similar to - but not as powerful or risky as - X-rays or UV.
"Clearly there is a great and present need for more research to be done to clarify the exact risks associated with each kind of EMF, scientists believe the current use of these technologies is throwing caution to the wind very dangerously, and they want to hold regulators accountable as such they write: ".various agencies setting safety standards have failed to impose sufficient guidelines to protect the public, particularly children who are more vulnerable to the effects of EMF... by not taking action W.H.O is failing to fulfill its role as the preeminent worldwide public health agency".