Wired PR News.com – A recent study has proposed that certain headphones or gadgets used to listen to music players can interfere with devices used for heart maintenance. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the magnets contained in music headphones may prevent pacemakers, defibrillators, and other heart devices from working properly.
Dr. William Maisel, of the Boston Based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, was quoted in the AP article as stating “…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.” The interference is said to be a possible issue regardless of whether they are in use or connected a music player.
The study was conducted after research was presented by the Food and Drug Administration on the threat of music players on heart devices, which proposed that no such threat existed for the estimated 2 million people around the world who use these devices. Information pertaining to the study was presented at a conference for The American Heart Association on Sunday.