Ear phones/Earbuds

Hi, I'm knew to all of this so sorry if my question has been asked before. I'm 6-weeks PostOp pacemaker placement. I am trying to learn as much as I can so I do things right. I'm wondering if I can use ear phones or the wireless earbuds? Or if I can't I was thinking would it be safe to just put the right one in away from my pacemaker site. It's sounds like a silly question but I just want to be sure it won't interfere with my pacemaker. I'd appreciate any advice. Thank You 


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by MinimeJer05 - 2021-12-18 23:26:15


From my understanding, you'd have to have those wireless ear pods directly on top of your pacemaker (or within close proximity) for an extended period of time, just to put it in "safe" mode. 

I use wireless Apple AirPods and haven't had any issues that I can tell. I've even used my phone to make phone calls on my left (pm) side, mostly out of habit, but without any problems. 

I'd shoot for 6 inches away from PM for anything with strong magnetic interference. Otherwise, don't let it stop you!

take care



by Jdky - 2021-12-18 23:57:25

I run often with wireless buds and have had zero issues. I also use a lot of powerful electric motors in my woodworking shop and have never had an issue. 

Ear buds

by AgentX86 - 2021-12-19 11:03:19

Some high-end earphones and speakers in cell phones have rare-earth magnets which, close enough, can cause some PMs to go into "safe mode" or trigger other events.  The rule of thumb is not to put a PM in a left shirt pocket or sleep on it(?!).  Jer's six inch rule is appropriate.

An small motors that you're likely to come across in the home are fine. Even larger motors less than, maybe 10hp-ish.  Elevator motors and power generation stations may be an issue.  My EP told me to stay well away from automotive type ignition systms (alternators, in particular),  like you'd find in cars and lawn tractor sorts of vehicles. The issue is different than earphones/speakers and potentially more serious. It would be good to ask your EP or perhaps the PM techs for more information.  Much depends on your need for pacing.

it's fine

by Tracey_E - 2021-12-19 21:41:40

There is virtually nothing in the home that will affect a pacer. They are very well shielded. 

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