Interestingly enough, studies found that the risk was confined to the side of the head that was used most often while talking on the phone. As a matter of fact, the risk of acoustic neuroma was nearly four times greater on the side of the head that the phone was most frequently held compared to the other side, which appeared normal.
A study revealed that the number of years of phone usage seemed to play a factor in the development of the tumor, as those using their phone 10 years or more were shown to nearly double their risk of acoustic neuroma. On the other hand, those who used their phone for less than 10 years didn't show any signs of increases risk.
Participants of the study included 150 people with acoustic neuroma and 600 healthy people.
Since the only types of phones used during the study were analog mobile phones, researchers questioned whether or not the same results would apply to long-term use of the digital phones, which have since replaced the bulkier and less advanced analog phones.
In response to the study results, the mobile phone industry claimed there wasn't any scientific evidence to supporting findings showing that using mobile phones causes negative health effects.
USA Today October 14, 2004
"Can you hear me now?" If you are a mobile phone user you should. Here is yet another article that provides compelling evidence suggesting it may be wise to minimize your exposure to cell phones.
Although more people than ever are dropping their land lines for cellular phones, their use still remains controversial due to studies like these and others I have written about in past newsletters on cell phones and their potentially negative long-term effects.
Just to be on the safe side, I recommend limiting your cellular phone use -- especially while driving. And when you do talk on a cellular phone, be sure to use a wireless headset. Besides that, keep the phone away from your body while it is in standby mode. Keep the phone in a purse or holster it on your belt instead of in a pocket, when the phone is not in use.