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Otorinolaringologia 2020 Jul 16

DOI: 10.23736/S0392-6621.20.02288-2

Copyright © 2020 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

lingua: Inglese

Tinnitus due to exposure to ultrasounds produced by an antimosquito app for cellular phones?

Iole PINTO 1, Andrea BOGI 1, Nicola STACCHINI 1, Francesco PICCIOLO 2, Carlo V. BELLIENI 3

1 Regional Public Health Department of Physical Agents Laboratory, USL Toscana Sud Est, Siena, Italy; 2 Department of Physical Sciences, Earth and Environment. University of Siena, Siena, Italy; 3 Department of Pediatrics, Siena University Hospital, Siena, Italy


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Ultrasounds are more and more common in everyday life, sometimes in subtle forms. Their effects have been described and some precaution is recommended. We report the case of a 48 year-old man who suffered a long-lasting painful tinnitus for several weeks. Most causes for this disease were ruled out, and the most likely was the night exposure to continuous ultrasounds (US) emitted by an anti-mosquito web application installed in his smartphone. We describe the US specter emitted by the smartphone, and discuss the risks of this kind of US according with the current guidelines for US-linked diseases prevention.


KEY WORDS: Ultrasounds; Tinnitus

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