Ear Buds

I need earbuds that will not interfere with my pacemaker! Had to return the power beats pro by apple. They messed with my pacemaker!! Any suggestions on a brand??



by Tracey_E - 2024-03-15 17:16:00

What did they do? Are you sure it was the ear buds? A magnet has to be very strong and less than 6" from our device to affect it. I don't have power beats pro but I've had multiple pairs of airpods, other off brand wired and wireless earbuds, as well as wireless noise cancelling Beats headphones. I've never had an issue, and I pace every beat so I'd know right away if something affected it. 

Have you tried regular airpods?

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by piglet22 - 2024-03-16 06:18:20

How do you think they interfere?

As I understand it, ear buds (headphones to us older listeners) are self contained if wireless and battery powered, or wired.

If wired, it's sensible but probably overkill to keep the leads away from your device and parts of lthe heart leads close to the surface.

Wirered or wireless, there will be minute magnets in the speakers, but while in your ears, the possibly of interference is vanishing small.

I work with devices called Hall sensors that are very sensitive to magnetic fields and even with rare earth magnets, you have to be within a couple of centimetres to see any significant effect.

The pacemaker will have either a Hall sensor or a reed switch in it. A reed switch is less sensitive than a Hall sensor and I would dismiss ear buds as being a risk.

Wireless types will probably use Bluetooth to communicate with the phone or other device.

Newer pacemakers communicate by Bluetooth so there is a common protocol.

However, whether music or interrogation, the chances of data being corrupted is remote. Most data is encrypted and is transmitted in a strictly controlled pattern.

The air is full of 2.4 GHz data

 All internet routers operate in the same frequency range. If it did interfere, we would be falling over every day.

However, it would be sensible, especially during pacemaker communications, not to be too close to routers or phones transmitting music.

Another consideration is the growth of "smart" devices like doorbells and app controlled light bulbs or switches.

Many use a system called ZigBee which again uses 2.4 GHz.

I must have at least ten ZigBee devices as well as WiFi and routers plus extenders and because of the way data is transmitted, they never intefere.

In reality and baring some industrial processes, you have to go out of your way to get your pacemaker to malfunction.

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by Julros - 2024-03-16 17:45:27

I can't speak to the subject of interference, I use Shokx OpenRun Bone Conduction Open Ear Wireless Headphones without any problems. The sound part rests on your temples, so you don't have anything in your ear so you can still hear things around you. 

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