Cell phones are not my thing.
But I know that some of you reading this absolutely love your cell phone.
That’s your right.
So OK you’re gonna keep using your cell phone. Now how about learning to use it safely? Isn’t this the key? Being able to use this technology as safely as you can? That’s what this article’s about.
What Is An Air Tube Headset?
An air tube headset is a headset with an ‘air tube’ component. Normal headsets are a 100% wired connection.
An air tube headset has a section of hollow flexible airtube incorporated which transmits the sound from cell phone conversations and music to your ear. The peculiarity of this airtube is that it contains no metal.
It plugs into the jack on your cell phone the same as a conventional headset. Some models (as is the case for the one I am reviewing here) also have an earpiece that doesn’t contain any metal.
How Does An Air Tube Headset Work?
A conventional headset has a wire cable. Wire has metal in it. This metal conducts the radiation coming from your cell phone allowing it to easily travel up the wire and into your head.
Worse still, wired headsets can act as an antenna amplifying the radiation and increase your exposure.
The air tube headset uses hollow air tubes to conduct the sound from your cell phone using “sound waves”. The manufacturer claims a reduction in the electromagnetic fields (EMFs) that reach your head of up to 98%.
This short video explains a bit more about how this air tube headset works:
Can An Air Tube Headset Reduce Radiation?
An air tube cell phone headset allows you to put distance between you and your cell phone. It’s this distance that reduces your radiation exposure.
That’s the theory. Actually its a bit more than theory. The manufacturer has had their product tested in an EMI Test Lab, which is an FCC (United States), EMCC (Europe) and VCCI (Japan) approved testing laboratory.
Its scientifically proven to reduce the electromagnetic radiation that reaches your ear and brain area by up to 98%. FACT.
Sounds too good to be true? There are some downsides.
What Are The Downsides?
Sound quality? There are mixed reports on this. Some people claim its not good. Others say its better sound than what they get from the headset that came with their MP3 or iPod.
Durability? The air tube is a ‘tube’ and not a wire. You need to handle it with care. A tube doesn’t fold away as easily as a wire. If you kink it, it can damage it.
It’s more hassle. Cell phones are getting smaller and smaller and easier and easier to use. Using a headset adds a level of hassle to answering and making calls. Either you’ve got the wires hung around your neck or you’ve got them nearby so that you can plug them into your phone at a moments notice.
Should You Buy One?
If you do buy one, buy it for the right reasons.
An air tube headset does not make your cell phone safe. FACT.
BUT it can make your cell phone safer.
IF when you call you put a good distance between your phone and your head. AND you don’t up your cell phone usage because you’ve bought an air tube headset.
AND you do apply my cell phone protection tips when using your cell phone.
Where To Buy?
You can buy your air tube headset from Amazon.com. But make sure what you buy is compatible with your phone. The model shown here has a 3.5mm jack
Amazon sells these headsets at a competitive price and if for any reason you are not satisfied you can easily get a refund.
If minimizing your exposure to cell phone radiation without giving up your cell phone is high on your agenda buying an air tube headset is a good move.