What Are the Health Risks of a DECT 6.0 Cordless Phone?

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What Are the Health Risks of a DECT 6.0 Cordless Phone?
Cordless phones are nearly ubiquitous, but their dangers are not very well known. (wireless phone image by Christopher Dodge from Fotolia.com)

DECT 6.0 is a recent standard for cordless telephones. The advantages of the DECT 6.0 over the previous 2.4 GHz technology includes less interference, better audio quality and enhanced range. However, there are some major health risks associated with cordless phones, especially cordless phones that use the DECT 6.0 technology.


One of the main health risks of all cordless phones, including DECT 6.0 phones, is the radiation they emit. Cordless phones use microwave radiation to transmit audio signals back and forth between the base and the handset, and this radiation can pose health risks for people exposed to it. While there is not a great deal of research available on the subject, radiation similar to the type a DECT 6.0 phone would cause has been linked to chronic fatigue and sleep problems. You can avoid this risk by keeping the base of the phone away from areas where you spend a good part of the day, such as near beds and desks.

Hearing Problems

As with any audio device, turning the volume too high can result in hearing problems. The best way to avoid this risk is to keep the volume as low as possible and to avoid staying on the phone for prolonged periods, especially if there is a lot of background noise on either end that requires you to turn up the volume. Overall, though, this health risk is a minor concern in comparison to radiation exposure.

Neck Pain

Since the entire purpose of a cordless phone is to free yourself so you can walk around and do other things while on the phone, many users try to cradle the phone between their shoulder and ear in order to free their hands. Unfortunately, staying in this position for a long time can cause neck pain, so it is best to avoid it by holding the phone up with your hand or using a telephone shoulder rest.

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