Are Bluetooth Hearing Aids Safe?

Are Bluetooth Hearing Aids Safe or Dangerous? Cliff Olson, Doctor of Audiology and founder of Applied Hearing Solutions, discusses if Bluetooth Hearing Aids are Safe or Not.


I receive a lot of questions and comments regarding the overall safety of using Bluetooth Hearing Aids since they sit next to your head for 8-16 hours per day.

However, to determine if hearing aids are bad for your health, we must first understand what Bluetooth is.

First, Bluetooth is simply a radio frequency. Specifically, a 2.4 GHz radio frequency. This radio frequency is what allows your hearing aids to communicate with other electronic devices such as a Tablet, Smartphone, or Computer.

Second, we need to understand what type of radiation that Bluetooth hearing aids emit.

Bluetooth Radio Waves are a form of electromagnetic radiation, and there are two types of electromagnetic radiation.

1. Ionizing Radiation – This radiation is given by X-rays, Radon, and Cosmic Rays. Exposure to this type of radiation can be dangerous. X-rays for example, can increase your risk of cancer. Ionizing radiation carries enough energy to separate electrons from atoms which is extremely bad for your health.

2. Non-Ionizing Radiaiton – This radiation is given off by Wifi devices and Bluetooth devices. Exposure to this type of radiation from is not dangerous. Non-ionizing radiation does not have enough energy to separate electrons from atoms. Therefore, it doesn’t even pose a minor threat to your health.

Furthermore, the only recognized biological effect of non-ionizing radiation is a heating effect. If the radiofrequency energy was high enough, it may increase your risk of burn. However, it is unlikely that a hearing aid would ever get hot enough to cause even a localized temperature increase behind or in your ear.

Studies have also shown that Cell Phones create a significantly higher amount of non-ionizing radiation than hearing aids and it isn’t even close.

Studies into non-ionizing radiation from Bluetooth is still ongoing, but continues to show that it does not pose a health risk.

However, if you still feel that you are at risk for negative health effects from Bluetooth hearing aids, I highly suggest you also get rid of your cellphone, and any other electronic device you have in your presence, because they would pose a significantly higher risk than any Bluetooth hearing aid.


Aditya Tannu says:

Maybe you can also cover whether they’re “secure”. Bluetooth low energy being available on virtually every computer and smartphone, opens up a lot of doors to hackers, which was previously not possible due to proprietary technologies like NFMI.

Dustin Sanders says:

Will hearing aids ever be nuclear?

blackemmons says:

Thanks. “Doc”!

David Smith says:

I would be concerned. I have an Accoustic Neuroma in my left ear and have no hearing. I have often thought about early generation cordless phones possibly being the cause. I would hate to lose my only good ear to emfs.

Cell phones have a lot more radiation but you only have them against your ear for short periods of time. Hearing aids are in your ear for 10 hours straight. 90 x 5 minutes vs .5 x 600 minutes equals 450 vs 300. Most people don’t hold phones next to head any more.

James Eubanks says:

Thanks, Dr. Cliff! As a computer technician and an Extra Class HAM radio operator, I have tried to explain this to others. Some still like to worry, but your presentation is accurate and needed. Thanks!

Chris Durnell says:

This could also be used to show a benefit of using Bluetooth hearing aids versus holding a cell phone up to your ear at the higher strength of the phone. I have Bluetooth hearing aids and find the ability to stream phone conversations directly into my ears is a major improvement over holding a cell phone or conventional phone up to my ear. Keep up the great educational videos. I recommend your channel to everyone who shows any interest in hearing aids.

Kieran Emery says:

People are actually worried about this? Do they wear tin foil hats too? They’ve been under a rock if they haven’t been using bluetooth headphones or speakers.

Bluetooth should be a standard for all new/upcoming hearing aids and people should be requesting it. Props for the informative video.

robmannn says:

Good to know. Thank you.

psusarahkate says:

Another great vid!

Juan Carlos Hurtado says:

Thanks for all the videos. Do you know best device to working with headset all day( call center)

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