Before you toss out your potentially deadly heaphones, note this particular detail about the Medical Device Safety Institute report: for headphones to affect pacemakers, they need to be held very close to the device in question—namely, right over the heart. So, in other words, don’t keep your earbuds in your front shirt pocket.
“I certainly don’t think people should overreact to this information,” [said study leader Dr. William Maisel] 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.
“The headphone interaction applies whether or not the headphones are plugged in to the music player and whether or not the music player is on or off,” he added.
So there you have it—if you’ve got a pair of headphones, exercise some degree of caution with where you keep your earbuds, but don’t let the news put a stop to your tunes.
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