A study found that some headphones can interfere with heart devices such as pacemakers or implanted defibrillators if held very close to them, according to the Associated Press. The study said that it could even go as far as preventing one from delivering a life-saving shock.
“Headphones contain magnets, and some of these magnets are powerful,” said the study’s leader, Dr. William Maisel, a cardiologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and a heart device consultant to the federal Food and Drug Administration, in the article.
“I certainly don’t think people should overreact to this information,” but it’s smart to keep small electronics “at least a few inches from implanted medical devices, and not let someone wearing headphones lean against your chest if you have one,” he said in the article. It’s a problem whether or not the device is on and whether or not the headphones are plugged in, since the magnets are present the entire time regardless. Check out the report for more information.
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