Effects of microwaves (900 MHz) on the cochlear receptor: Exposure systems and preliminary results

Carmela Marino, Giovanni Cristalli, Paolo Galloni, Patrizio Pasqualetti, Marta Piscitelli, Giorgio A. Lovisolo

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The purpose of this paper is to present the experimental device and the work in progress performed in search for objective organic correlation of damage to hearing, examining possible acoustic otofunctional effects on the cochlear epithelium of the rat due to exposure to microwaves (900 MHz). Two experiments using male Sprague-Dawley rats were carried out with a far-field exposure in a cubic chamber. No statistically significant evidence was obtained at both specific absorption rate (SAR) values. The exposure system and the diagnostic apparatus are extremely useful to investigate a potential effect on the auditory system: however, with the parameters applied in these experiments, no evidence was observed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131 - 136
Number of pages6
JournalRadiation and Environmental Biophysics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Radiation
  • Environmental Science(all)

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